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Referendum

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I’ve resisted blogging about the Scottish vote. It didn’t feel like a part of my blog purpose but I’ve identified an aspect of it that is relevant.

I’m very interested in the outcome of the vote but that’s not what engaged me.

The environment is the key issue that my blog is focused on.

It’s a minority topic. Most people aren’t interested in it and most people don’t feel empowered to participate in environmental behaviours.

I often encounter people who think they can’t make a difference.

A few months, ago the people I met who wanted a change in Scotland were hopeful but didn’t believe that ‘Yes’ could win!

But now with a few days left, it’s starting to feel like ‘Yes’ is a real possibility.

Just like with green issues, the Scottish vote is opposed by a bigger machine. The mainstream view. In the uk the opposition argument has spent significant time and space leaning heavily on fear, mockery and patronizing put downs.

Scotland is too small to be independent!
Scotland has no resources!

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One Scottish MP says that Scottish people lack the right genetic make up to make political decisions!

So often this is the rhetoric of the anti green opposition too.

The Green Party in the UK only has one elected MP just now. Caroline Lucas was successful in the last UK general election.

Since then she’s been arrested in anti fracking protests. She’s also pledged to donate the upcoming MP 9% payrise to charity while people languish across the country in three year pay freezes.

A few short years ago there was no referendum. Today the Scottish National Party only has six seats in the UK House of Commons.

Six seats!

But now there is so much debate and discussion in the UK it is no longer the stale flat politically, dead country that it’s become in recent years.

Thanks to Scotland there is hope that there can be change, debate and discussion.

I’m optimistic.

Regardless of the outcome of next week’s referendum I hope that there will be significant change to UK politics.

And I hope that will benefit the Green movement too.

‘Alba gu bràth!’

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Robert the Bruce’s stone, The Galloway Hills, Scotland.

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33 comments on “Referendum

  1. Green Bee
    September 9, 2014

    You make a really interesting parallel. A ‘yes’ result will pave the way for more debate here in Ireland about the future of Northern Ireland too.

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    • lizard100
      September 9, 2014

      As an Irish citizen myself I see that as another very useful discussion that is also long overdue. I’m pleased to see discussions and the thinking processes being stimulated.

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      • Green Bee
        September 9, 2014

        The Irish Government are being very quiet on this topic though….but at least the discussion is happening. Interesting times!

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      • lizard100
        September 9, 2014

        I’m hoping they’re biding their time.

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      • Green Bee
        September 9, 2014

        Hmmm. I’ve become cynical about Irish Politics in the 6 years since I’ve moved back here but yes I like your optimism.

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      • lizard100
        September 9, 2014

        What I like is that the traditional positions can change and be revisited.

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  2. dalg
    September 9, 2014

    While I am really hopeful of a “yes”, whatever the result, the political landscape has changed. In the event of a “no”, the indy genie is out the bottle, and you can’t put it back.
    I think if we don’t vote yes, the momentum will continue, and it won’t be as long as people think before the demand for a referendum rises once more.

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    • lizard100
      September 9, 2014

      I tried so hard not to write what I would like to happen. Basically because it’s not my call. I’m just very glad of the stirrings. To my mind uk politics has become so blurry and stagnant it’s refreshing to hear debate.

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      • dalg
        September 12, 2014

        If it’s a no, the genie is out the bottle and can’t be put back. Hopefully even in the event of a NO, there will be change for the better.
        UK politics forget that the country is more than London. The north of England is ignored as much as Scotland.
        The tories appease big business, and new Labour are so far removed from their socialist roots it’s not true.
        There’s a very real danger that a UKiP protest vote, might just end up getting elected. If that happens we’re screwed.

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      • lizard100
        September 12, 2014

        It’s an inspiring, yet worrying time. So much could happen. So much opportunity. The south west is also neglected and remote. Just trying heading over that way on any type of transport. I hope that whatever happens the impetus for change will continue.

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  3. bcparkison
    September 9, 2014

    It will certainly be interesting to see the outcome.

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  4. lindaswildlifegarden
    September 9, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    thanks for sharing have a blessed evening

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  5. starproms
    September 9, 2014

    How very sad that the Scottish people want so much to break up our wonderful union!

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    • lizard100
      September 9, 2014

      In my experience no one ever wants to break up ‘wonderful’ unions.

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      • silverbells2012
        September 9, 2014

        Yes, not sure I would describe the UK as a wonderful union but good that there is debate even on your blog. It will be very interesting to see what happens in the referendum. I’ve been listening to some quite thought- provoking debates on BBC Radio 4.

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      • lizard100
        September 9, 2014

        Changing history!

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  6. silverbells2012
    September 9, 2014

    Fancy a Scottish MP saying that the people in his own country lack the ability to make political decisions!!

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  7. Imarunner2012
    September 9, 2014

    No one I know in the US is even talking about this.
    If the split goes through I think it will be a big mess. Biggest divorce in history!
    Why are so many areas looking to be independant and on their own in this crazy world? It seems that being together means being stronger. The enemies of the UK will still be the enemies of an independant Scotland, but both countries will be diminished in their ability to defend themselves.

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  8. tootlepedal
    September 9, 2014

    Your response to starproms was the highlight of my day. The no campaign are very keen to portray this as a divorce in which there is a guilty party (us). I like to think of it as parting of the ways by two people who have been walking side by side for some time but now find that they are going to different destinations.

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    • lizard100
      September 9, 2014

      That’s so well put. I’ve been frustrated by the blame game. Negative attacks and personal remarks over substantive arguments from the No team.

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  9. Sarah
    September 10, 2014

    As a non-English British citizen living in the English part of the UK I would feel very sad to lose Scotland. But I know exactly what I would do if I were Scottish and had the opportunity to vote for change…and it is a real opportunity to embrace the kind of democracy we just don’t see. It might not work out that way, and I’m sure it would be a rocky road for quite a few years (many friends and colleagues’ elderly families are voting no for fear of jeopardising their pensions), but what a chance in our 21st century globalised world to form a new country

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    • lizard100
      September 10, 2014

      It is a challenge and an opportunity. It’s going to be very interesting for sure.

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  11. Green Bee
    September 14, 2014

    You may already have read this but if not here is a link to a Red Pepper article you may find interesting.
    http://www.redpepper.org.uk/win-or-lose

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