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The rich what gets the pleasure …

So, JK Rowling has donated £1 million to Better Together. So what?

If I’d sold as many books, movies, memorabilia as she has, I’d donate a million to Yes, but I haven’t so all I can do is give it my support and declare that on September 18, I’ll cast my vote in favour of an independent Scottish Nation.

However I do have one thing to say to JK, before we cancel each other out at the polling station. A few weeks ago I did an event in Waterstone’s Sauchiehall Street store. I had a few minutes in hand,so I went for a wander, and was appalled to realise how downmarket the famous old thoroughfare has become. I saw poverty, depression and despair, and worse of all I saw resignation in people’s eyes. I doubt if too many of the folk I observed that day have been sampled by the pollsters. The good news is, they all have a vote.

I must admit that a small voice at the back of my head whispered, ‘Do I really want to be part of this?’ A few seconds later it was countered by a louder, angry voice that declared, ‘Too bloody right I do! This decline is the direct result of Westminster economic policy that has centralised more and more of Scotland’s wealth in and around London, and the already prosperous South East. The only way to reverse it is for our nation to become fully responsible for its own affairs.’

When I make my cross on that paper in three months, I won’t be doing it for myself alone, but for hundreds, thousands, maybe millions of my fellow Scots, whose hopes, aspirations and basic human rights have been ignored for too long by people who are still working against them. When I vote ‘Yes for Scotland!’ that’s exactly what I’ll mean. Those who are seduced by the dishonestly labelled ‘Better together’ crew will be voting for continued deprivation and social decline, and for the continuation of the system that has brought it about.

Is that what your million is meant to achieve, Joanne? If so maybe I shouldn’t be surprised, for your wealth has been created largely by the affluent metropolitan class that has become rich itself at the expense of a truly fair and balanced society, where nobody is abandoned and left with nothing to do but bounce between the bookie and the boozer.

Whatever Alastair Darling’s advertising agency does with that million … and I hope most fervently it pisses it against the wall … already it has done one remarkable thing. It has taken an affluent, acquisitional bloke who’s seen himself as slightly conservative for all of his almost seven decades, and who’s never voted Labour in his life, and it’s made him realise that just like his old man, he’s a socialist at heart.

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  1. ******
    June 11, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    The minute I read the news that JK Rowling has donated £1m to the No campaign I turned to your blog, knowing that there would be a tirade there.

  2. June 12, 2014 at 7:35 am

    First off, my well-intentioned friend, that wasn’t a tirade. It was a counter-argument to Ms Rowling’s decision to make her donation.

    Second off, I’ve deleted the rest of your comment for our own good. Yes, I know it’s probable you were joking, and none of your language was offensive, but there are folk out there with no sense of humour.

    • *******
      June 12, 2014 at 11:39 pm

      I guess that was my last ever comment then.

      • June 13, 2014 at 6:23 am

        I hope not, *****. Where do I say I disagreed with you?

  3. Phil Hull
    June 12, 2014 at 8:13 am

    It is important to allow reasoned debate and the issue of Scottish independence is very important. After all we all live in a democracy. I have no issue with your support for independence nor do I with Ms Rowling’s donation. I do have a slight issue that it is only the Scots who are voting on this break up of the Union. While I agree that it is their / your democratic right, shouldn’t the rest of us have a say? If a Yes vote in Scotland was matched by a Yes vote south of the border surely that would strengthen Mr Salmond’s mandate? If, on the other hand, there was a Yes vote from the rest of us and a No in Scotland (or vice versa) then that would muddy the waters somewhat!

    By the way I liked the picture of Alex Salmond on the Flying Scotsman with the “F” unfortunately missing because someone had opened the train door!!!

  4. June 12, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Ah, but it isn’t only the Scots. It’s registered electors in Scotland. Scots who are registered in England are disenfranchised. If anything, the dice are loaded against us.

    Re your two scenarios, the second is the likelier by far.

  5. Frank Butterfield
    June 18, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    The only quarrel I have with your stance is as a Lancastrian we would finish up with a tory government in England forever ,I hate the thought ,being ruled by that lot scares me .

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