Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Why Canadian Progressives Should Have Supported the Scottish Independence Struggle
With one day to go before Scotland's historic referendum vote, the excitement is building and the polls are narrowing.
Support for the Yes campaign is increasing but it still lags just behind No on the eve of Scotland’s independence referendum, an exclusive poll conducted for The Scotsman reveals today.
The Yes vote stands at 48 per cent compared with 52 per cent for No, when the undecided voters are excluded, the survey of more than 1,000 voters by ICM found.
And the fact that the YES side is still standing, let alone so close to victory, is truly amazing.
Considering the campaign of fear that has been waged against them. And the way they have been shafted by the media.
Perhaps the most arresting fact about the Scottish referendum is this: that there is no newspaper – local, regional or national, English or Scottish – that supports independence except the Sunday Herald. The Scots who will vote yes have been almost without representation in the media.
Because it has been truly disgusting, so many journalists have been so shameless, the way their corporate bosses have tried to bully the people of that small country is simply unforgivable.
And the way the YES side has refused to surrender, and still managed to get its message out, is truly inspiring.
That so many Scots, lambasted from all quarters as fools, frauds and ingrates, have refused to be bullied is itself a political triumph. If they vote for independence, they will do so in defiance not only of the Westminster consensus but also of its enforcers: the detached, complacent people who claim to speak on their behalf.
Even if meant climbing this tall statue of the Duke of Wellington in Glasgow, which has been wearing a traffic cone for years...
To further adorn it with a YES sticker...
And I have to admit the exuberant spirit of this peaceful revolt to build a kinder, gentler left-wing society separated from the Con jungle the UK has become, has moved me beyond belief.
But in the dying hours of this extraordinary campaign I also have to admit that I have been terribly disappointed by the way so many progressives have reacted.
For what can explain that in the progressive blogosphere I inhabit I have been the only one, to my knowledge, supporting the YES side so strongly?
When their struggle is our struggle, we have the same Con enemies. And Scotland and Canada have such a long and shared history together.
For this is Tobemory...
No not Tobermory, Ontario, the beautiful place at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula, where Sébastien and I sometimes go diving at its underwater national park.
Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, in Scotland, where so many place names in Canada come from.
And from where so many sailed forth to help build this country.
So I really can't understand why so much more was written about what happened in Ferguson, Missouri, than was written about what happened in Scotland.
I've blamed that on a lot of things over the last few weeks. I've blamed it on the fallout from the Quebec referendum, even though as I pointed out, the two referendums are quite different.
I've blamed it on a sentimental attachment to Britain and the Queen. Even though the Queen will STILL be the Queen of Scotland whatever the result.
She's scheduled her Servants Ball at Balmoral Castle in Scotland for the day after the referendum.
So she can't be too worried eh? Are you reading this Mum ??!!@#!!!!
And Britain isn't going anywhere either. Even if Scotland separates I'll STILL love my English friends AND my mother, as much as I do now.
Her Majesty's Royal Canadians will STILL be able to buy teapots like this these...
And STILL read Andrew Coyne...
Who shall henceforth be known by me as Colonel Blimey.
But seriously though, it has been a terrible disappointment to see so few Canadians support the YES side even in the places progressives post their blogs.
And as I mentioned the other day I have rarely felt so lonely...
Or wondered if I really belong here, in this beautiful but blighted Harperland.
In my most bitter moments I've also blamed it on the fact that the blogosphere is aging like everything else in this country. And that many of those who blog as a retirement project aren't as interested in the young and the future as I am.
For obvious reasons.
But that isn't fair, and it doesn't fully explain that strange lack of enthusiasm either.
So in the end, at least in our little Canadian political blogosphere, I blame MYSELF.
For not being able to properly describe the YES side's magnificent struggle for a different, better, and proudly left-wing country.
And it's why in the dying hours of this campaign I am so grateful that the Scottish actor and director David Hayman has made a powerful video.
One that explains what they're fighting for so much better than I ever could...
Yup. That's what it's all about.
That's why I am supporting the YES side.
That's why all progressives should.
Here's to the victory of hope over fear.
Go Scotland GO...
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