A post in the Edinburgh Eye suggested that independence is only real when a country has complete control of its currency. Greece is an obvious example of what is meant. The author goes on to say that the SNP stance at the referendum of insisting on sharing the UK pound was not campaigning for independence. This I agree with. In fact I said it on my blog, The SNP presumes too much…, back in the middle of 2014. I also made the point that the SNP would not have an inherent right to form a government after independence nor to dictate the terms. The YES voters who campaigned outwith the auspices of the SNP were much more visionary, looking to create a better society truly throwing off the shackles of Westminster.
It is therefore with some dismay that I read further in the Edinburgh Eye post to discover that he had voted NO. If many people voted that way because the SNP were too timid in their campaign it is a tragedy. To want independence and yet to vote against it because of one political party’s stance is frankly awful. What was he thinking to achieve?
Let’s hope that next time people accept the vision of a great nation able to look after its people.