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David Hood

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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: I believe the time is ripe for a new politics, one disengaged from the capitalist bond to finance. It has been the crooked and unregulated finance dealings that have brought disaster to millions in the world. Iceland has recovered, albiet partially, by regulating its finance industry, so Scotland can do the same. What it needs is a radical new politics based on frugality and strong principles. In Plato's Republic it is argued that the proportion of wages at the higher end of income to the lower should be six to one. Scotland could adopt such a principle. We could tax purchases rather than earnings and we could give artists and health care professionals salaries rather than have them hooked to pleasing sales figures and meeting budget constraints.

    Before we can do anything radical (and I believe we must, otherwise there's no point to Independence) we need to unshackle our economic and political systems from London.

    Unfortunately, the 'Yes' campaign for Independence is a cross-party campaign and therefore not based on any policy or manifesto, making the job of convincing the nation a difficult one.

    There has to be a way to live fairly, however; Scottish politics has always been about fairness.

    That the Scottish nation has always leaned 'left' while those who govern her lean 'right' is the loudest argument for independence. There is also an argument to be made for all of the UK to vote. Indeed, some in the north of England might also want to split from London.

    Be that as it may, the national politics in Scotland is opposite from the politics which govern her from London. Independence would rectify that. Whether or not Scotland makes a success of self-governance, however, is a question for the crystal ball.

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