Sunday, January 29, 2012
Scottish Independence and My Lost Canada
When I was a small boy I used to lie on these dunes near my small Scottish town, stare up at the sky, dream about a place called Canada. And wonder whether there would be bears in Montreal.
These days I find myself thinking a lot about Scotland, and what that country's First Minister likes to say: there are now more pandas in Scotland that there are Con MPs.
Because if Jeffrey Simpson is looking for a clear reason for Scottish independence.
That's the best one I know.
For while David Cameron's Con government is slashing social services, clawing back money from welfare recipents, raising university tuition, and destroying Britain's medicare system. Scotland's SNP government is improving social services, defending medicare, and providing free university education.
And if more Scots are joining the independence movement, it's because they don't want to live in a country with Con values. The SNP has promised them an independent Scotland would be a "progressive beacon."
And it seems to be working.
Of course, and Jeffrey Simpson could never understand this, it's also about myths, and mountains, and a thousand years of RESISTANCE.
A spirit of resistance that I'm sad to say is lacking in Canada, as Stephen Harper's sinister Con regime claws our values apart. Turns us into a reactionary prison state.
And progressives can't even unite to fight the common enemy.
Will Canadians finally rise to the occasion and defeat the Harper Cons?
I don't know eh?
What I do know is some people are born to be slaves. And can live in a country with Con values.
But I can't, and I won't.
And I'm betting they won't either...
So what would I think if I was back on that beach tomorrow?
Some dreams end badly. Damn the bastard Cons. My poor lost Canada.
Hope is a beacon.
Scotland forever !!!