I work in academic collaborations and philosophy open studies at the University of Glasgow.
I was born in Glasgow, I’m Scottish and, as an adult, I lived in England for several years as well as in Germany and in Asia.
I am neither proud nor ashamed to be Scottish; I am not parochial nor am I a nationalist. I’m not a patriot either and consider patriotism to be very silly since you don’t have any say in where you were born.
What drives me to vote “Yes” is primarily the simple wish for democracy and what I take to be the fact that we have more to fear by staying in the union than leaving it. The current UK government has only a handful of seats in Scotland and the Tories have just one, yet that’s the government we get. What other country would put up with that?
There are grave risks to Scotland in staying within the declining, lopsided, bottom-heavy, bankrupt, London-centric UK where we are a tiny, ignored and insignificant minority.
I want to see the redressing of an undemocratic and embarrassing situation and want the people of Scotland to have as much self-respect as other, poorer and less populous countries on our doorstep.
The peoples who live in Scotland are best placed to decide who governs them; we do not have that luxury as part of the UK. Debates and discussions about detailed issues such as whether or not we’d be £500 better or worse off are utterly irrelevant in my view and completely unprovable by either side. What is solidly dependable is that we’ll do fine running our own country – even David Cameron admits that – whether it be that we are slightly worse off, the same or slightly better off.
By a shift in the ownership of power from the current UK to Scotland, we will be brought closer together with our nearest neighbour – a neighbour I am very fond of and feel privileged and proud to have. I just want to put an end to having to hand him my wages and receive pocket money back with conditions attached to what I can spend it on.
Psychologically the current situation is not good for the people of Scotland either. It’s time to stand up and be counted in the world, without the fear, the whingeing and the negativity that I see in this second-class annexe of an, understandably, uninterested England.
Scotland does not officially exist as a sovereign country. Scotland only exists in the heads of a few million people who can make it a reality this year if they would only trust that they are as good as anyone else and not listen to those who would do us down.
(The views expressed here are my own)