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Good Morning Scotland - Wake up to the opportunities of independence

Good Morning Scotland - Wake up to the opportunities of independence | SayYes2Scotland | Scoop.it
Business for Scotland is now being regularly asked to represent the opinion of the pro-independence business community by the mainstream media or in organised debates  This is useful for two main reasons: First, our business spokespeople can...

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Michael Fry: Converts to Scotland’s cause

Michael Fry: Converts to Scotland’s cause | SayYes2Scotland | Scoop.it
OCCASIONALLY, when wandering round my own neck of the woods in the West End of Edinburgh, I bump into old Tory chums, all grown a little greyer in the whiskers – just like myself.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, February 27, 2013 5:30 AM

I am often asked what persuaded me that Scotland should be independent. My answer is that I did not need to be persuaded. That independence is the default status of all nations. That if I needed to be persuaded of anything, it is that Scotland should be - or continue to be - an exception to this general rule. All I seek for Scotland is the same powers and status that other nations assume to be theirs by right. Independence is no more than Scotland's rightful constitutional status. Why would I need to be persuaded of the rightness of this?

Nonetheless, it is always good to welcome a convert to the cause of independence. For reasons that should be obvious from the foregoing, I regard the union as an anachronistic folly and devolutions as an untenable makeshift arrangement. So it is always pleasing to me to find former supporters of either or both who are open-minded enough to have come to the realisation that independence is the right thing - even if they have come to this realisation by a path that seems to me to be unnecessarily circuitous.

This remains true even when the convert in question is of a very different political persuasion to myself. Indeed, I might say that it is particularly gratifying that this should be so, because it is essential that the independence campaign addresses all of Scotland. We need to carry with us a significant proportion of Scotland's small-c conservatives as well as those "lefties". Independence is about taking on the capacity to realise our nation's potential. That potential is not the property of any ideology or political clique. Like the referendum itself, it belongs to all of Scotland's people.

There is not just one vision for Scotland's future. There are many. And what will be realised after independence will be some amalgam informed by this diversity.

I totally reject Michael Fry's view of the public sector as a non-productive drain on the nation's resources. I regard as dangerously naive the notion that an economy can be revitalised simply by shrinking the public sector and transferring resources to the service of private profit rather than the provision of public services. Avaricious accumulation will drain the lifeblood of an economy just as surely as reckless profligacy.

But, whatever our differences, I cannot do other than applaud anyone who acknowledges that Scotland must find its own way of resolving such different perspectives into an approach that best balances the demands of the economic imperative with the social conscience of our people.