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Oiling the wheels of democracy.

26 Jan

I watched about half of the BBC TV debate on Independence shown after the 10:00 BBC News last night. It fitted pretty well with the way these programmes have been structured so far. Nicola versus the rest, although on this occasion, Lesley Riddoch was pretty fair and unbiased and took the politicians to task.

The opening few minutes saw Johan Lamont and Jim Wallace have their uninterrupted say but when Nicola was given hers she was interrupted repeatedly by them both and also by Glenn Campbell the presenter.  I don’t think we can expect anything more from these people. On the one hand they have to play the political game and on the other they will try every trick in the book to make sure that Scotland does not achieve independence.

Why? Simple, England cannot afford Scotland becoming independent. England has a huge amount to lose. It’s power, such as it is, will be greatly diminished within the EU in particular and global bodies in general. What about Scotland being diminished because of independence? No, of course not. Are we interested in being a major world player? No, of course not. Do we want to have any major input into any particular world body? No, not really.

Independence is an aim, which if delivered, should be a catalyst in making Scotland a better and fairer place to live. We can do this and it’s not too late to do what Norway has done. That is make the best use of oil revenues from our territorial waters to invest in a secure future for ourselves, our children and successive generations thereafter.

Some of you may be thinking that there is very little oil left. There isn’t if you consider 25-30 billion barrels as a little oil. This figure is an estimate from the oil producers of which some reserves may require a higher oil price to be financially viable although new technology is making oil exploration and production cheaper all the time.

You’ll be aware of Professor Gavin McCrone? If you are a teacher you may well enjoy some McCrone time today or during this week. However, you may or may not be aware of a report that Professor McCrone developed and delivered in the 70’s. In his report, which was kept secret for 30 years, he provides estimates of the value of oil to the Scottish economy and describes how Scotland would be a country with a persistent budget surplus. He also demonstrates the flow of money into Westminster’s coffers, the fact that the Treasury have not reported the correct value of oil revenues and how substantial losses of income for the Treasury were lost due to poor licensing agreements made with the oil companies.

I’d suggest you follow this link or do your own research, if you haven’t already done so starting with McCrone and working out from there.

There is a strong case for every household or registered voter to receive a copy of his report and see the truth of the situation. Yes the truth.

It is up to the people of Scotland to decide on our own future. Democracy needs to be established. A free vote determined. A Yes vote would sweep away legal arguments; democracy would and should prevail. It is the Westminster politicians who have behaved in a democratically unfair manner for many years. Labour, the Libdems and the Conservatives are staring extinction in the face in Scotland. A Yes vote would wipe them off the political map in Scotland and cause major change at Westminster also. The SNP would similarly follow sometime shortly after independence and new parties and visions would take their place.

There is much to lose then if you are a Westminster politician, regardless of where your constituency is. These politicians will fight to preserve the status quo. They have to; their future depends on it.

And a far better future for Scotland is at stake for the Scottish people.

As with all matters of this type it will be the people who want their view of the future the most who will win regardless of resource or political manoeuvring. Want is a significant driver.

We have to be on the winning side this time. We just have to.

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