Sparked by the referendum debate, a significant revival of politics and discussion is happening in Scotland. The possibilities for social, political and economic progress that independence offers have got people thinking and talking. I think this re-engagement goes beyond even than constitutional questions and enjoy being in the middle of it all, wondering where this wave of change might take us.
This blog takes its name from a song by Brian McNeill, which I heard frequently growing up in a household where Dick Gaughan was played on an almost daily basis (no, I’m not sick of him yet). It includes this great chorus:
For there’s no gods and there’s precious few heroes
But there’s plenty on the dole in the land o the leal
And it’s time now to sweep the future clear
Of the lies of a past that we know was never real
You could take what you want from the lyrics but I personally have little interest in stories of historical battles & glories, and am more interested in the pursuit of social justice, which I see as far more achievable in the event of a yes vote.
To be clear: I intend to vote yes on 18th September, and campaign with various grassroots groups. I’m not a member of the SNP or any other party, and never have been. I always try to keep an open mind and critical eye on both sides of the campaign. I’ll happily respond to comments but will remove abuse/duplicates.
More on my reasons for supporting Yes here