Friday, August 29, 2014
The Scottish Referendum and the Patronizing NO Lady
With just three weeks to go before the independence referendum things are definitely heating up in Scotland.
Especially since the leader of the YES side was declared the winner of last Monday's TV debate.
And polls suggest the gap between the two sides is narrowing as the momentous decision approaches.
Alistair Darling’s poor performance in Monday’s TV debate has given a huge boost to Alex Salmond’s campaign for Scottish independence, a poll revealed last night.
The proportion of Scots planning to back separation has increased from 43 per cent to 47 per cent. In the previous poll, the figures were 50.3 per cent for No, 37.2 per cent for Yes and 12.5 per cent undecided.
If the shift in support towards the Nationalists continues at the same rate until polling day on September 18, it would see Scotland vote to leave the UK, ending the 300-year-old union.
And to make matters worse for the NO side, up until now it has been able to count on the support of a slight majority of women. While men favour the YES side by a similar margin.
But that might be changing after the NO side, or Better Together campaign, released this patronizing video...
Which was greeted with a storm of protest.
An advert aimed at persuading undecided female voters to reject Scottish independence has drawn fire from across the political spectrum, with critics describing it as "sexist" and "patronising" and some even saying it has convinced them to vote yes.
Much internet hilarity...
And quick video responses from the YES side...
But then that controversial NO ad is symbolic of the way the Better Together side, also known as the Bitter Together side, has waged their entire campaign.
For it has been relentlessly negative, patronizing in the extreme, has been fixated on whether Scotland can share the pound.
And seems solely designed to make the Scottish people feel, as they say in Scotland, too wee, too poor, and too stupid to have their own country.
When in fact Scotland is a wealthy nation, and what the YES side is trying to do is make it a more progressive one, and halt the advance of the neo-liberal agenda, and the brutish policies of Britain's Con regime, at the Scottish border.
Like their ancestors halted the advance of the Roman emperor Hadrian.
And made this ancient wall Rome's final frontier...
And the Scots are quite capable of assuming their own destiny.
Just as real Scottish women are quite capable of making up their own minds...
I will not stand by and hope another unelected government of the non-representative elite will remember our hardships after September. I am imploring you, the 51% as people of Scotland to make a decision based on your own research. Register to vote, and turn up at that ballot on 18th to be counted as a person, not a stereotype.
Women, Scotland needs you.
Which is a message I support, as well as the one behind her:
SCOTLAND REJECTS ALL RACISM MISOGYNY HOMOPHOBIA and INEQUALITY.
Which just happens to be, among many other things, why I support the YES side with all my heart.
One day I hope we can make our country Con free, so we too can dream of building a kinder, gentler, more just society. And eventually a better world.
But right now all I can say is that the Scottish people are fighting for ALL of us. By trying to become the first country to drive a stake through the heart of the neo-liberal agenda.
So support them as I do.
Or just say Scotland FOREVER...
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