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