The snp and their followers have, as I predicted brought ignominy on Scotland through their yes campaign. The behaviour of their followers has been frightening and embarrassing, reminiscent of scenes which were last witnessed in the 30’s as the Moseleyite blackshirt mobs of The British Union of Fascists used violence and intimidation to deal with anyone who opposed them. Considering the squalid history of the snp it is no surprise at all that we have witnessed this thuggish behaviour.
They have lied again and again since the start of the campaign, creating phantom groups of pro independence supporters, using deception to ensure that a majority of their supporters could pack TV meetings and other meetings in public halls. They have also been traducing every opponent who challenged their bizarre assertions no matter how qualified and distinguished they were in their field. Celebrities as well who dared to show support for the UK have been subjected to the foulest abuse imaginable and supporters of the NO campaign have been disinclined to display their support for the union by turning up at meetings, putting posters in their windows at home or stickers on their car windows for fear of violence and or vandalism, this is not Weimar Germany at the time of Hitler and the Nazis folks, this is Scotland at the time of the snp and alex salmond.
The day approaches, will the people of Scotland choose to vote NO thus favouring reason, debate and truth or will they choose yes and plump for odium, belligerence and mendacity?. The United Kingdom has survived for over 300 sometimes turbulent years, sometimes it has been one step forward and two steps back but the overall result thus far has undoubtedly been progress. That is not to say we are satisfied or complacent, far from it but the more observant and analytical among you will I’m sure conclude that this struggle is by definition a long haul, look at any other country and you will find problems and yes we have our share.
In my own lifetime I have been able to listen to parents and grandparents tell stories of what could only be described as hard hard times when lives for people like us was often short and brutal, their lives testify eloquently to the progress that has been made under the union. Compare if you will the progress made in the fundamental fields of Education, Health, Housing and the Welfare State among others. These improvements would of course have happened without the union but I find it hard to accept that they would have been as inspiring and certainly not as rapid.
I will therefore vote NO, not only for my children, and their children but in remembrance and appreciation of my parent’s and grandparent’s generations, their struggles and their vision, for their courage and sacrifice and their dream of the future, that is the torch we carry, let’s make sure we do not drop it, VOTE NO.