Anonymous asked:

Why do you support the independence campaign?

hsimah answered:

Sorry I took a while to get to this, I was out.

Basically I was first convinced by the democratic argument - essentially, Scotland and the Scottish people will never be represented by a Tory government. As a historically separate country, to be unrepresented by a central government is quite important.

After this I got to think about it more and I realised two things: 1) it would work and 2) this is so much more than nationalism

So on point 1) I guess the main thing is that I really don’t believe some of the warning about Scotland economically and so on? Obviously you can’t ignore the oil wealth but I think even more importantly in the long term the wind energy wealth - if I remember some statistics I saw, Scotland has 26% of europe’s wind energy with a mere 1% of its population. That’s something worth cherishing in a future where the turn to green energy needs to be made.

On the point of currency union, I think despite Westminster’s stance, they will get it. This is because Scotland may hold the power over whether the rUK continues in its place as a member of the security council (basically determined by whether this is secession or a break up of the country). The only precedence for this is the USSR’s break up, in which all of the USSR member states signed an agreement to permit Russia to continue in the USSR’s stead. Assuming a similar thing happens, if Scotland refuses to agree I’m sure India or Brazil would very happily step into the SC. This is a very serious bargaining chip.

I’m also quite hesitant to believe some of the banking groups and so on which have said it won’t work. These banks gamble money on all sorts of money investing in far more unstable economies than Scotland, in areas with a lot more uncertainty. In fact, there shouldn’t be much uncertainty anyway - the process of hashing out the details is two years and I’ll tell you what, if you’re a banker/finance person and you can’t, given two years to prepare (no doubt being allowed insight into the development of Scotland’s plans) you can’t make something work you are a bit shite at your job. I’m not saying it’ll be perfect but what I am saying is that all of these banks/finance sector personnel have a serious vested interest - if Westminster is the only power, Westminster is the only place they have to lobby and we all know they have a very powerful hold on it. The uncertainty is not economic but rather how much control will they, the unelected finance elite have on Holyrood? They are worried that it won’t be much so are fear mongering for their own sake.

This kind of leads me on to the realisation 2) this is more than nationalism. I think there has been a tendency for some journo clowns at crap papers to paint this as a recreation of that which led to WW1 which is nonsense. Insofar as this is a nationalist movement it is representative of the new form of nationalism brought forward by globalisation, in protest against it. Turning away from globalised homogeneity and looking towards some basic traits of identity, and for the Scottish people that goes smaller than the UK (as it does in places like Catalonia). Because the Scottish identity, the culture is different and you’d be daft to suggest otherwise. and this reveals really what this movement is about: it’s a reclamation of democracy, of identity, of the potential for a future against a corrupt, unrepresentative, globalised elite. Many in Europe are looking on to the Scots as heroes fighting against these problems inherent in all 21st century capitalist states. They are disillusioned not with politics, not with participation, not with democracy. They feel disconnected with an elite that gives them no meaningful voice, and even when it does once every five years it offers a choice between Tweedledee and Tweedledum, and even in choosing between the two, for most people their voice doesn’t matter. The independence campaign has been one about grassroots support. It has been one not about stealing voters from each other but getting people who don’t vote to vote and I think the phenomenal turnout is evidence of how well this has worked. This is the first chance people have really had to reject that and seize the opportunity to define their own future on their on terms and try to build a more sustainable and importantly (something I haven’t mentioned much) more just society. If I had the opportunity to do the same I’d grab it with both hands and not let go.

Sorry this is a bit long and probably not very eloquent, it’s late and I’m tired. My thoughts are also quite well summed up by these two articles if you fancy proper writing.