Last night (the 23rd of June 2014) I viewed you speak in Coatbridge via live stream and I was horrified by your words.
You spoke of division.
You brought up tired old and debunked myths.
You openly lied to the public.
You attempted to portray the independence referendum as the idea of 1 man who has pulled the wool over our eyes.
You resorted to petty name calling of Mr Salmond and Ms Sturgeon.
You belittled a people. Is it any wonder why people are getting fed up with you?
You spoke of religious hatred and how terrible it would be if Catholic schools were closed in an independent Scotland. I attended Catholic school for 13 years. I was baptised, made my 1st confession, communion and confirmation.
The primary school I attended was separated by a steel fence from a Protestant school.
Growing up in that environment, is it any wonder why religious tensions are rife in Scotland?
This gives the impression that Catholics and Protestants are somehow different from one another, and we need to be kept apart, when in reality they are not. Protestants have to eat and sleep just like me. They have to wash, clothe themselves, go to work and come home after their shift is over. Just like me. And just like you. Religious beliefs do not define a person, they are merely a small aspect of who they are as a whole.
This is not a path I would have choose. I would have much preferred for religion to be kept out of the school curriculum and the time devoted to science instead. This is why we have Churches, Chapels, Mosques and Synagogues after all. Freedom to pursue religious beliefs is fine if that’s your thing. That said Freedom to not pursue religious beliefs should also be fine and should not be thrust on a young impressionable child before they can even crawl.
You said if Scotland goes independent we would not be able to use our own money, and a race to the bottom in taxation would occur. This of course is a lie and I introduce you to Professor Andrew Hughes Hallett to prove the point. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jChTle3BxCk
You referred to Scotland post Yes not being what it was promised to us and that minorities would then become the subject of blame. Yet you ignore the simple fact, a Yes vote is not the end. It is the beginning of something more. A shaping of a land by ALL who live here, be they Polish, Muslim, those born in the rUK or elsewhere in the world and of varying religious beliefs. The Yes movement is inclusive and you would know that if you had bothered to look. RIC, National Collective, Yes LGBT, Asians for Yes, Labour for Independence, Women for Indy, Generation Yes, Scottish CND, Christians for Independence and Business for Scotland are but a few of the many pro-independence groups that are in existence. Then there are the political parties. You never stopped mentioning the SNP, but again you forgot (and I believe intentionally) the Scottish Green Party and The Scottish Socialist Party.
You spoke of traditional Labour values, most that live in Scotland would agree that those values are close to their heart. Though as I remember you were removed from the Labour party, when they were in majority government – a fact you also denied when you said “I have never been in government”.
The division you spoke of was Scotland/England, all the while ignoring the Welsh and the Northern Irish. They are part of the UK too. You would think that a would be protector of such a union would be aware of that, apparently not it would seem.
Scottish independence will not leave the rUK to forever Tory rule, only twice in the last 100 years has the Scottish vote influenced a general election.
Also have you seen New Labour policy recently? It was stated by a New Labour MP on the 22nd of June 2014 (the day before your meeting) on the Sunday Politics that they would be tougher than the Tories on welfare cuts. Hardly a serious alternative is it? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M80sSJnhyYE
Instead an Independent Scotland will give Westminster a model that is too close to home that it can not ignore. Those in the North of England would be the 1st to see what we can achieve if things are done differently. They will demand the same from their elected officials. This would then filter down through England to Wales and across the sea to Northern Ireland.
The continued references you made to Alex Salmond being in the position of First Minister indefinitely is downright absurd. Most people voted SNP in the last Holyrood Election simply because they were the only party with a realistic chance of getting into Holyrood that were offering a referendum. Something you also lied about when you said “you could have voted for independence at any time in the last 100 years”. So why George, were all the pro-Union parties denying this opportunity? The answer is simple. Oil. Its Scotland’s Oil (as UNCLOS puts it in Scottish Territorial Waters) but it’s Westminster’s money.
The Westminster mentality is simple, if you have something they want, they will do anything the can to get it. Iraq being the most recent case that proves this.
You also stated that Alex Salmond refuses to debate anyone. Again a lie. If you had bothered to pick up a paper the day before you would have seen that Alex Salmond is going to debate with Alistair Darling.
Mr Salmond has never refused to debate anyone, he openly stated that he would debate anyone but David Cameron as the leader of the UK should be the 1st. Something Mr Cameron has refused to do.
If David Cameron is the person who will govern the UK if Scotland votes no, then why can’t he debate Scotland? Nigel Farage challenged Mr Salmond to debate. Wee Eck said he would debate with Farage, if Nigel was officially welcomed into the official Better Together campaign. Doesn’t sound unreasonable to me.
You criticised that the Scottish Government produced the White Paper. Well George when a party is elected, they are elected to follow through on their manifesto. I’m not a history expert but as far back as I remember Scottish Independence has always been in the SNP manifesto.
I used to respect you.
I respected that you were not afraid to speak for those without a voice in the political system and that you would happily get arrested by protesting at Faslane alongside Tommy Sheridan.
Now you campaign to renew these immoral and unusable weapons and to keep them stationed on the Clyde.
You speak of countries right to self determination, yet campaign to deny that right to your own.
You have shown yourself to be nothing more than a self serving, narcissistic, attention seeking hypocrite. You have betrayed all that you once claimed to stand for.
Growing up I always knew Westminster corrupted those who enter its halls, but I believed you had the strength of character to resist such corruption. I was wrong.
I doubt very much that this will reach you, and even if it does you will read the 1st few lines then ignore the rest.
That is what you seem to do, especially on Twitter.
Those that do not agree with you are ignored and blocked.
This is what feeds your Me Me Me nature, you only engage with those who look up to you.
There’s nothing like preaching to your own choir, and you would know what that is like.
Don’t you George?