Do we want an independent Scotland, it’s a big question, but what do we even mean by independence?
As the referendum talks begin to heat up; the political drums start beating, and the bagpipes start to drone, I had an epiphany. Whatever the outcome, regardless of whether or not we choose a future with political autonomy, I have a different vision for Scotland shaped on what I’ve seen as a foundational strength, interdependence.
With all the rhetoric surrounding the future of Scotland, we shouldn’t lose sight of one of the grounding principles of any good society, of any community that has a heart and soul to it, for it is how we look after each other that is the true test of our success.
I can’t help but ask; who is best placed to create and foster a Scotland where people look after each other? Who is best placed to call us to be glue that holds things together for others when their stuff is falling apart, to be a voice for people silenced by injustice or muffled by poverty or ignored by power? Who is best placed to encourage that Scotland to evolve?
What kind of Scotland do we want to be? Independent – is that the big hope? Or Interdependent – a much bigger ask!
I see glimpses that inspire. Last Saturday, I walked in the rain with hundreds of others, protesting the eviction of asylum seekers in Glasgow – I listened to Scottish voices calling for fair treatment for their friends who had come looking for safety here.
I met an extraordinary woman Noreen Real, 2009 Scotswoman of the year, who put her head above the parapet when she and her neighbors linked arms and blocked the way for UKBA authorities to evict their neighbors. They herald an interdependent Scotland I believe in.
I sat at the end of term service for our local primary school and was touched to see that the most-prized awards were not for academic success or sporting prowess, but were those nominated by classmates, teachers and staff for the child who consistently showed kindness, the one who embodied fairness, the one who made sure everybody was included. They herald an interdependent Scotland.
As we look towards a time of change and vision, let’s be clear what we are reaching for.
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