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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 5 2013: As I have been living in Scotland for these whole solid 6 years, I believed that it is ready, if the citizens agree to be independent from Uk. But if they go for "stronger together" plan, then I do not feel it's bad either; I do not feel that Scottish is the second class and English is the first class, vise versa.

    If Scotland is going to be apart from UK, I wish that the Scots parliament has good plans for education, economic, public securities, etc. It will be a big step. Problems can happen. I only wish it can be as small as it can be.

    Scotland is my bonnie second home. I only wish her the best :)
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      Apr 3 2013: Great - I like your 'stronger together' sentiment - and think that is exactly what Independence will mean; a stronger and more equitable bond of equal Nations in a respectful relationship on this island.

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