Friday, September 12, 2014
Scottish Independence: The Empire Strikes Back
With one week to go in the Scottish referendum the YES side's surge to independence appears to have been at least temporarily halted, with a new poll suggesting the NO side is leading again.
The YouGov survey for The Times and Sun newspapers put supporters of the union on 52 per cent, narrowly ahead of supporters of independence on 48 per cent, excluding those who said they did not know how they would vote.
But with 97% of those eligible registered to vote, either side could still win.
And the good news for the YES side is that most of its support is still intact even after being battered by an all-out assault worthy of Darth Vader himself...
Big Business, the corporate media, and the Westminster political establishment have joined together into a massive Death Star, and are bombarding the Scots with threats of financial collapse, doom and disaster.
The Royal Bank of Scotland announced has announced it would move its headquarters to London if the YES side won. The BBC's chief political editor was shown on camera heckling Scotland's First Minister. One hundred Labour MPs from England and Wales flooded into the country yesterday to join the NO side.
And be greeted appropriately enough, by some guy riding in a rickshaw playing Lord Vader's music.
And in their stately castles of which there are many in Scotland...
Even the lordy lords, or the lardy lairds as I call them, have been heard roaring with fear and loathing.
They might not be found on the campaign trail and they wouldn't be caught dead with a placard, but Scotland's reclusive aristocrats have expressed grave fears about the prospect of independence.
One nameless aristocrat, whose family was reputedly involved in the 1707 Act of Union, railed about the Scottish National Party supporters seeking to break away from the union: "The buggers are out to get us!"
Because they too realize that the quest for independence is a revolt against the established order and the neo-liberal agenda, and for the right to live in a proudly left-wing country, free from the brutish policies of the Con regime in London.
Like the infamous bedroom tax, that until it was hastily abolished about a week ago, caused mass misery all over Britain.
It's a dream about about a kinder, gentler, more equal society, and that's why the Death Star is so determined to crush it...
But even though it's a frightening spectacle, and since I hate bullies you can imagine how I feel. I remember what Augustine once said:
Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.
And since the YES side now has plenty of both, I know that they can still do it.
Especially since women are playing such prominent a role in the YES campaign.
Women for Independence has thousands of members and has organised more relaxed “women-friendly” events, at community centres near schools before pickup time, outside shopping malls and at weekend coffee mornings. There have been fewer “sages on the stage” and far more informal mass chats.
Female voters now sense optimism about the possibility of real change, where there was previously a sense of uncertainty and difficulty.
As reflected in this poster...
And so are Scotland's young people.
So I know that the dream will never die, no matter what happens.
And that a YES vote is, as this father writes, a gift from the present to the future...
You know, it isn't easy following the referendum from this side of the Atlantic. On Twitter sites like this one.
When I'd rather be in the highlands, or in this humble little place I know so well...
Most of my friends don't share my enthusiasm for what's happening in Scotland. So I feel quite alone.
My support for the YES side has cost me some readers, and some of the few Twitter followers I had. As I knew it would.
And if the YES side loses I will be very disappointed, and heartbroken for a while. And even the Prince of the Saguenay will have his hands full trying to console me.
But I won't be discouraged. I know that if you have a dream you have to fight for it. I know that what is happening in Scotland will one day happen here. In my beautiful Canada.
It is a revolt against the cruel policies of bestial Con regimes that would turn our societies into jungles.
The Death Star will be defeated.
And it is the dawn of a better world...
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