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Scottish Independence: confidence, courage and ambition

Scotland, one of the oldest, yet newest, Nations on earth is moving towards an epoch and deciding whether to become Independent. It needs considered reflection to enable it to make this momentous decision, before the Independence Referendum in autumn 2014.

For far too long, and despite the reality of what Scots have given to humanity, our small Nation has been developing a 'cant do' persona. Other Nations have managed to adapt and pursue freedoms and self-respect and progressively moved to a natural, independent state. Its time we did the same.

Strangely, we live within the UK state that is continually discredited. The UK lacks the ability to work on behalf of Scotland and its interests; the UK cannot behave as either a 'good world citizen' or in line with the aspirations of the people of Scotland. Indeed, in the UK, it is arguably the only modern 'democratic' state that tells its own people that they are too stupid, small and impoverished and should not be in charge of their own affairs.

That is not simply the fault of the UK powers-that-be. We allow ourselves to be oppressed into thinking of ourselves as second class citizens within our own 'united' kingdom. We suffer indeed, arguably, from a national 'Stockholm Syndrome' in a captive and dysfunctional UK.

What we need is a real, immediate, and concentrated dose of self-respect, courage, and with it, ambition. Ambition to join the rest of the naturally organised nation-states. Ambition to put right the old wrongs. Ambition to act as a good citizen of the world - and find our age-old guts and determination to make the best of it. We also need friends, family and thinkers from outside of Scotland to stand with us and show us what can be achieved.

For centuries now, many countries have broken free of the 'British' constraints - and none have looked backwards since. Its up to us - and we'd like to hear from you!....

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    Mar 11 2013: Do you think that independence for Scotland has its roots in an emotional yearning - or for rational reasons - or both?

    If the impetus for independence is predominantly emotional, then it will perhaps give rise either to very high levels of confidence, or very low. It could go either way, depending on how Scots see themselves pre-Referendum as an independent nation on a world stage. Confidence gets easily hurt by cynical stereotyping perpetuated by those who might be disadvantaged is some way by Scotland breaking away - such as bullying UK politicians and the cynical UK media. It is probably in their interests to carry on belittling Scotland, as long as there is any danger of independence becoming a reality and them losing out on the revenues Scotland generates.

    I think Scots need to have absolute solid assurances that independence will have to mean exactly that and be safe in that status, supported by the more rational economic certainty that North Sea oil revenues etc will bolster the original emotional yearning to make the long-awaited break from the UK.

    It is interesting that the year set for the Referendum is the 700th anniversary of Bannockburn...
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      Mar 11 2013: Those arguing against Independence have the media in their pockets. The 'battle', then is as unfair as it was 700 years ago.

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