My friends often ask me why I waste my energies on something so divisive, so exclusive as Scottish nationalism when I could do so much more for human rights, environmental issues, or on matters more international, moral or intellectual.
I try to explain that I don’t see these things as mutually exclusive with Scottish nationalism.
Why? Because the independence of Scotland is first and foremost a moral issue.
When I look at the complexity of the problems that face Scotland today – low life expectancy, high unemployment, excessive drinking, violence, neds, environmental degradation, hard drug use, Scotland’s failing social fabric, religious bigotry, her poor roads, her awful train system, her old people dying of cold every winter, her sons and daughters emigrating every year, her young men fighting England's illegal foreign wars, her beautiful lochs used as nuclear bases for England, the incessant lies told to her people about their self-worth and potential by Scotland’s foreign-owned media – I see a complex array of causes, all with one contributing factor, one common denominator that is the root cause of so many of these problems, consistently holding us back from sorting any of them out: the dead hand of London.
So yes, I care about these other issues. They’re why I’m a Scottish nationalist in the first place.
And I've yet to hear a moral reason for remaining IN the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
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