There are have been few things more joyful recently than watching the British establishment runnung scared as the Scottish referendum draws closer. When toffs are this panicked you know you’re onto a winner.
It will David Cameron who will pay the price of a vote for Scottish Independence on Thursday. He will forever be remembered as the Prine Minister who oversaw the break up of the union, and that really means something to the kind of upper class pricks who think Game Of Thrones is an instruction manual on how to run a country. He will not last long if Scotland votes yes, and questions will also be asked what role Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reforms played in the result.
But there are far better reasons than just spite to support the yes vote. One thing that unites increasing numbers of people both north and south of the border is the urgent need for radical political change. The rich are running rampant everywhere and next week Scotland has a chance to start doing something about that.
People should not be fooled by so-called Devo Max. They may be promising the earth now, but who trusts a fucking politician? In the event of a no vote, they will fight, discreetly if necessary, every possible concession that could be made towards devolution. Already some Tories are openly declaring that they will attempt to destroy any possibility of further powers being granted to the Scottish Government. (H/T @faltskog5450)
Only a yes vote will open up the space for the chance of meaningful change. Ignore the scare-mongering, which is mostly just rich people worrying that Scottish independence might cost them some money. There are likely to be bumps in the road ahead if the Yes Campaign wins, but the alternative is more of the same shit forever for the people of Scotland.
Those of us in England and Wales should also not believe the hype, such as the shrill warnings from the Labour Party that a yes votes will mean a permanent Tory government. Labour will still be able to win elections in England and Wales, not that it matters much. When you vote Labour and get Tory what fucking difference does it make? Scottish independence will lead to radical demands in the North of England, Wales, Cornwall, even London. Nothing spreads like political turmoil. The English and Welsh working class will be stronger if the Yes Campaign emerges victorious this week. That will be well worth the sacrifice of a few Labour MPs.
In the event of victory for the Yes Campaign, there will still be bitter struggles ahead. Alex Salmond is every bit as much a neo-liberal as his counterparts in Westminster. The real fight is with capital – with the rich, the landlords, the company directors, bankers and all the other parasites who easily transcend the national borders that the rest of us are expected to respect. Scotland may eventually end up with a different social security system after next week, but the likes of Atos, G4S and A4e will already be trying to work out how to make a buck out of that. The people of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England will still have many common enemies, and there is no reason for us not to stay united in fighting the bastards. That’s one thing we can do better together.
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