15 - 02 - 2021 / Your Story
IF YOU SPLIT ME OPEN - IT WOULD SAY ENGLAND
I am English and I voted No in 2014 because I believed in the Union and because I did not want to be ripped out of the EU. I did not believe the Better Together rhetoric about pensions and economy because that was obviously scare tactics.
I just felt the UK was the best, fairest state to be in and I had always felt that if you split me open it would say England down the middle like a stick of rock.
2016 was a huge shock for me - the lies and the propaganda kept piling up and pulling up and Brexit resulted.
That was the start of my journey.
It was this journey when I started noticing the other unfairness’s and inequalities - the Brexit negotiations that ignored Scotland's needs and thoughts, the lack of inclusion, all the little things added up including things like the Northern Ireland border lies.
Well before COVID-19 came with all its English cronyism and incompetence’s and needless awful deaths I had shut down my dream of union and started to look at the realities of it.
I looked at the lies about our dependence on England when if all our own tax, national insurance, VAT, natural resources etc. are considered - it is patently not true.
There was also the prorogation of parliament, the willingness of Westminster to break international law. The Brexit deal itself with Scotland being particularly severely affected.
I realised how far I've come when chasing to another parent in the playground last summer and I said:
"... at least we're Scottish”.
I finally realised that my ideals of fairness and equality could be realised in Scotland and that for my grandchildren to get the most out of life we must be independent.