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Referendum 2014
The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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Unchaining the heart

There's a common Unionist argument, most often espoused by those who fondly believe they're supporting a progressive politics, that Scotland is not any more left wing than the rest of the UK. We've...

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Sign for Scotland: Showing solidarity?

Sign for Scotland: Showing solidarity? | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
One of the reasons put forward by those wishing a 'no' vote is the idea of solidarity. This argument appears to be kinder than some that we've had to respond to but nevertheless continues the myth that our only value comes from us being run from Westminster. We'll get to that later, but first let's look at the logic:
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Yes vote 'would consign rest of the UK to permanent Conservative rule'

Yes vote 'would consign rest of the UK to permanent Conservative rule' | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
SCOTS have been urged to show solidarity and not
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Brian Wilson doesn't have much of a clue about democracy. He quite shamelessly declares his belief that neither the people of Scotland nor the people of the rest of the UK are entitled to governments that they actually vote for. He insists that all of us must instead accept, without complaint, whatever government is imposed on us by a system designed to entrench the power of the very elites that Wilson just happens to be part of.

Wilson and his self-serving ilk might do better to ask themselves why it is that British Labour can no longer even hope for the kind of support that might get them elected to power at Westminster. It is typical of the arrogant sense of entitlement which lies at the heart of that once-great party that Wilson demands that the people bend to its needs rather than the party serving the people.

This is no longer a party that can stand on its record. Neither is it a party that can command any trust in its promises, feeble as they are. Wilson himself played a significant role in brining British Labour to this pass. Does he apologise? No he does not! He simply demands that we vote for them regardless of our own best interests.

The poverty in English cities which Wilson uses in an attempt to guilt us into voting against the power to tackle poverty in Scotland is the same poverty that British Labour were elected to deal with nearly four decades ago. That poverty is a product and a function of the system that Wilson defends with all the fervour of a man who benefits very handsomely from it.

The "solidarity" argument is sickeningly hollow. Particularly coming from someone who, as part of Project Fear, talks incessantly of the plans for division and "separation" that British Labour shares with its Tory allies should the people of Scotland make a democratic choice to bring their government home. Wilson's shining ideal is that we remain together in poverty. He has no more thought through the implications of this vacuous appeal to solidarity than any of the other political drones who parrot the line.

Think about this appeal to solidarity. What does it imply? It implies a defeatist attitude which accepts that solidarity - true solidarity - among people with common ideals and aspirations cannot operate across borders. It is a denial of the very internationalism that forms another part of British Labour's barren rhetoric.

It also implies a belief that, if we cannot improve the lot of everybody everywhere, then it is somehow "sinful" to seek to improve the lot of anybody anywhere. Although, for parochial British nationalists such as Wilson, "everywhere" extends only as far as Westminster's jurisdiction.

If we are truly to show solidarity with those in the rest of the UK who share our aspiration for a better, fairer, more equal society, then we must vote to break the system which perpetuates inequality and injustice - the system that Brian Wilson represents.

We show solidarity by leading the way.

We show solidarity by voting Yes.

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The difference between solidarity and stupid

Ever seen the Monty Python classic Life of Brian?  It's a movie classic.  In terms of the sheer density of surrealist ridiculousness contained in every scene it's rivalled only by any video ever re...
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