Previously, I’ve written an article on Independence and said ‘I was born in Scotland. I’m Scottish’. In hindsight this was wrong. Its about far more than feeling Scottish. Or as I’ve learned, which side has the better sweets to give out at campaign stalls. As former MSP Colin Fox highlights the vote is about your living standards, its about your mum and dad’s right to have a pension or your disabled friends’ right to have proper benefits when they need them.
”Do you want to know what a NO vote looks like? Take a look at Surrey and Sussex NHS, where they’ve put out to contract, put out to tender, accident and emergency… to Virgin healthcare…this is serious..its about your living standards, its about your kids right to have an education, its your mum and dads right to have a pension, its your disabled friends right to have proper benefits when they need them..this is a time for change in Scotland and people are desperate for it’…It’s not esoteric or far away or somehow irrelevant to you, it comes and enters your life on a daily basis.”
Being the first generation due to be worse off than our parents generation is not something I look forward to. As someone who writes the occasional blog for LGBT Network, my friend Rob would be disappointed if I didn’t highlight the huge affect on the LGBT Community. It always sticks with me the realisation when he highlighted the difficulties the community goes through in finding well paid jobs, or IN THE WORST of times, any employment. I won’t regurgitate all the statistics of Independence I know you’re probably sick of it, but you need to make a judgement call. Are LGBT rights best served with, for instance, the 136 Conservative MP’s who voted against Marriage Equality…? Well known charities such as Stonewall also mention that discrimination often leads to Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual people experiencing greater economic deprivation and social exclusion. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen the slogan ‘UK OK’, which is possibly the most depressing message I’ve ever came across. It also doesn’t change the fact any politician who votes against you having rights, including LGBT persons is discriminating.
We can have decisions made within a more representative system, your vote will count for more, meaning LGBT rights can be at the front of the queue. I realise that the community is diverse, not everyone will fancy it, however we can be progressive and more equal. Groups such as Yes LGBT and several others are proof of this. I have no doubt that several grass-root campaigners from both sides want these things. However, it is scandalous that it has taken such a period of time for LBGT rights to reach the point they have within the UK, such as being able to donate blood.
We all need to start seeing the invisible chains, rattle them and throw them off.
The Independence Rally is in Edinburgh this Saturday, starting at High Street at 11am. I hope to see you there.