Scotland Inspires Me

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By Gordon S. Kerman
 
I had heard about Scotland all my life, growing up in a Canadian family with a Scottish mum, whom I call M.  Before leaving Canada I travelled the length and breadth of it, from British Columbia to Nova Scotia and Dawson City, Yukon Territories to the border of the United States and beyond.

My first holiday in Scotland was in August 1995 for a two-week period.  I was immediately taken by how different and beautiful the country was in comparison to Canada.

By Gordon S. Kerman
 
I had heard about Scotland all my life, growing up in a Canadian family with a Scottish mum, whom I call M.  Before leaving Canada I travelled the length and breadth of it, from British Columbia to Nova Scotia and Dawson City, Yukon Territories to the border of the United States and beyond.

My first holiday in Scotland was in August 1995 for a two-week period.  I was immediately taken by how different and beautiful the country was in comparison to Canada.  While waiting for the bus into the city I noticed something that set a seed of understanding.  A tourist, having her bags loaded into a taxi, didn’t notice papers and a £50 note which had flown out of her grasp.  An observant Scot quickly responded, handing them back to her.  Her body language said it all.

After my two weeks of inspiring bliss, awe-filled events and sights, touring the highlands, walking all over Edinburgh and seeing some of the most beautiful women I’d ever laid eyes on, the holiday was over.

I knew then that I had to come to live and work here.  I belonged.

My first week back in Canada was spent calculating finances, logistics and doing a feasibility study.  It was going to take seven years of focused determination to be able to arrive on my own terms: single and with a decent nest egg to see me through a long holiday and searching for a job.

After two years of focus, a reality occurred, a different tactic was needed.  The exchange rate between the Canadian dollar and the pound was moving the seven year goal post closer to twelve years.  So after much deliberation and determination my focus adjusted to locating a job in the USA, as the exchange rate was almost double at that time. 

That process took me a full year and involved contacting agencies and companies alike.  Finally making two contacts that confirmed job offers, I accepted the best one and received a signing bonus, travel expenses, moving costs and rent on a flat for the first month.

The money was far better and it allowed me to pay off my debts and build a healthy nest egg much, much quicker. Three years in the States and my plan was ready.

Touch down in Edinburgh, 9th of August 2001.  My life in Scotland began.

The first five month period of my life here was all about immersing, as it still is today.  I met people from all over the world, including my closest friends who are from Scotland, Wales, England and Ireland.  I delved into everything and enjoyed all aspects of what Scotland has to offer including my friends’ company.  This did the trick and convinced me that I would remain in Scotland for the rest of my life.

After the first year had passed, I started to take a keen interest in politics and, being my own man, it was necessary for me to do the appropriate research and find out for myself ‘what-was-what’.  While scouring the papers to see what people from Scotland were being subjected to I gained some insight into what our other three countries were being influenced by.  My research lead me to libraries and online networks, taking the time to investigate the fiction, spin and cover ups that affect everyone’s lives to the government’s advantage.
 
My understanding soon turned to outrage, not only on a personal level, but also on many levels of decency and integrity.  I simply couldn’t believe the political hierarchy, condescension, arrogant child’s play and fervent denial of Scotland’s requests on even a basic level.  At that point, my respect for the UK government was equal to absolute zero.

All of it plunging from the depths of the unionist ideology, in almost authoritarian terms.  How else would you describe political parties in one country that can’t say or do anything until their masters down south in another country approve it?  My political vote had a name.

From the highland energy grid to the constant assault of taxes on our resources, the list of areas where resentment occurs with complete legitimacy is now so mired in Union that the best method of fixing it is to vote it out.  Accordingly, resolving Union-specific issues for Scotland and England, leading to the resolution of country-specific problems in our two nations.    

The revelations I read about led to an understanding of how to view Unionist parliamentarians when they spoke, wrote and took action.  It’s called observational cynicism.  Observing what they don’t want you to know or ask.

Currently, the people of our nations are being sold a bill of goods, over and over again, blatantly meant to purposely mislead voters into believing an idea that makes the government seem all powerful, well beyond its own abilities and competence, in order to facilitate a façade.  The people had to sign this blank cheque, not knowing the contents of the goods and were expected to immerse into the mindset of acting the part, having it rule their lives, and to protect it, no matter what the cost.

This is the very definition of a con.  An approach designed specifically to enhance the lives of government, while the people they represent are expected to believe that the government are entitled to that life, creating an atmosphere of hierarchy that divides the people.

This then, is not an opinion, but rather, this is the cold hard truth.  An archaic idea based on the premise of a con.  There are many shows on TV at the moment exposing the perpetrators of scams and cons, but the most elaborate one that is right in front of our eyes, is that the Unionists are conning people, and it goes unnoticed.  For their part the main stream media could certainly use a public smack on the wrists.

Within the current climate of politics in Scotland, all of the bits and bobs of it are being thrown in your face right now.  The essence of the con does not require a microscope to view it, and couldn’t be more neon in nature or plastered more openly on a billboard.  As such, it is affecting our life in a negative way, as it always has done.

So please tell me, if someone in your life or someone you knew of was being affected by this, how would you react?

My granddad always teased me by saying, “I don’t know where to hit you to save your life” In essence, this is exactly the problem that has arisen.  All of you, intentional no voters and the undecided, need to understand that you don’t have to put up with any of this.  This is not ‘Britishness’, it’s a mindset of arrogance.  You can start living a life that is free from it.

Scotland’s people are undervalued, they are peripheral thoughts and Scotland’s resources are highly prized.  The UK government and certain others view Scots as the summer’s midges, an annoyance in the ear and therefore to be treated as children on the playground.  This is highlighted by the approach that the UK government has taken in the past and present with regards to what they tell us about our resources.

I’ve lived here under Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and now David Cameron so I am witness to how each one of them has treated Scotland.

Doesn’t it make you wonder why supporters of independence have a passion for it?  They can see all of this and the political patterns set by history as well as the present day conditions set by the parliamentarians.  They feel that it is incumbent upon them to advise people of that history and what will be set in place for future generations should the UK government be allowed to continue in the manner to which they have become accustomed.

Independence supporters have the vision to see more effectively managed future resources and the ideas and energy to think further.  Especially so, given Scotland’s historic and present contributions to the world.

It’s right in front of our eyes, crying out like a neon sign, “Where is your self-belief, your fight, your desire to make Scotland a nation that is revered as a country to live in?”.  There is a world waiting for the people to make the choice to stand on our own two feet, so that others will make the choice to change not only their lives, but also the lives of the future generations.

A yes vote will provide all encompassing changes, each in its own time.  It will be written in books, that we were the catalyst for a myriad of positive developments on the world stage.  Of this, I am completely confident.  I believe so much in the people of Scotland that no amount of money or anything else would make me turn my back on them.

We need a no camp win like we need another world war.  The Union is archaic, dysfunctional and highly hypocritical.  This see-sawing tactic has got to stop.  The No camp comes out with ridiculous comment after audacious comment, spreading manure like a farmer does to pasture.  They leave the nation thick with it, fuelling the worst of the human condition, in supposed debates.

Upon Independence, new policies will start working.  Right now, they only exacerbate the issues and cause undue levels of incremental resentment.  Scotland’s people suffer the effects of problems not felt down south; the bedroom tax is one such example of the “let them eat cake” thinking. 

This is much like Canada and how it saw the effects when American financial systems went into meltdown.  Canada would have been in absolute tatters had there been any kind of monetary or political Union with the US or the UK.  Much the same as Scotland is in tatters because of decisions made south of the border.  It has to end.

The monetary issue of keeping the pound that the UK government is rattling cages with, is the best possible short-term policy to help the UK and allow Scotland to stand on its own feet and start to make its own way on the world stage. 

Canada achieved this on April 17th 1982 with the signing of the Canada Act by the Queen.  Where is the new Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney from?  He is a Canadian and was the eighth Governor of the Bank of Canada and Chairman of the G20’s Financial Stability Board. 

It was stated that he was the best person in the world to be the new Governor of the Bank of England.  There is no reason in the world that Scotland cannot take the same type of strategy and forward thinking to select the best candidate for the job of maintaining a solid and sound fiscal responsibility.

In summary, no doubt we will have our own specific date to be celebrating for centuries to come. 

The date when we become a viable, healthy, powerful nation contributing to the world on our own terms.