Have you noticed that life’s getting like that all the time now? We’ve moved beyond (and not in a good way) the world of soundbite to somewhere where Twitter feeds and ‘immediacy’ of response is the new black. For goodness sake don't give yourself time to think - just respond.
Well, I’m still thinking hard about what I want to say about celebrity. It’s a big issue and I could talk about it at length, but I know you won’t want to read about it at length and so it’s more a question of selecting the really important elements – editing myself so that I get ‘maximum impact’… yes I know, how horrid it all sounds.
Meantime, I’m stuck wondering what are the benefits of the short, sharp, response mode when dealing with issues such as the Referendum. I for one am heartily fed up with the constant recycling of the same old stories. Part of me thinks that with 6 months to go, anyone who doesn’t know what their position is after hearing everything we’ve heard in the last six months hasn’t really been trying to get off a fence.
I don't think I'm being inconsistent when I say that it's time for people to work out what they think. Take time, by all means but make a decision - don't faff around waiting for others to tell you what to do (me included!) Get informed and then commit! My opinion (because that's all I've got folks, and it's not a celebrity one but it is at least my own) is that these days it seems like people want to be told what to think rather than form their own opinions (and preferably told in as few characters as possible)I really don't think it's that hard to form an opinion. Okay, it may take longer than the length of a blog but it doesn’t take months on end, the arguments are NOT infinite.
Part of the problem may be, as the Church of Scotland (not a body I’m usually ‘in bed’ with) pointed out today on the radio (and doubtless other media, probably even Twitter) that we should be making the decisions on other than economic grounds. YES. That’s a ‘soundbite’ that deserves some deep thought, people.
Because if you want economic certainty, no wonder you can’t make up your mind. No one can promise you anything post the next election never mind post Independence. We are on a journey folks and you can’t tell what the weather will be like with any degree of certainty. So perhaps we should stop trying to predict the economic forecast and think about what is important to us in our lives. (And I don’t mean, how much money will I have…) If that’s your line of reason I fear you are doomed to an eternal return.
Think outside of the economic box. Think about what you believe in, and what you believe. How do you feel about the phrase ‘It’s Scotland’s oil.’ Look at the past and reflect on what has happened to us since the war, since the 70’s, since Holyrood. I know what journey I’m on – it’s one towards a feeling of pride and ownership in my country – INDEPENDENCE. Where independence simply means that like those Ukrainians who don’t want to be aligned to Russia (in a formal or informal way) are out on the streets protesting about. Like the Austrians who didn’t want to be German in the 19th or the 20th century. Like any other country in the world. I can’t think of one country (well, maybe Wales) who actually don’t want to be self-determining.
Forget for a moment about the coinage and the Euro issues and the money (of any denomination) in your pocket in a year or two years or ten years time – those are issues for the future – and there are far too many variables both micro and macro for it to be worth wasting sleep over, the question is:
Do you want to be able to make decisions about Scotland for Scotland or do you want the Tories (or any other government) parachuting in and telling us what decisions they have made (about our oil, our schools, our hospitals, our taxes, our currency) Because be sure, if we don’t vote to be independent we’re giving Westminster carte blanche to treat us like the lackey’s we will have shown ourselves to be.
Another big question for you to think about is: why it is that UK is the only 'country' in the world not to have got rich out of its oil? Should we look to Norway for an answer on that one? Norway is not part of Scandanavia in the same way as Scotland is part of the UK. Post Indpendence we could still be part of a geographical GB but we might be able to hang onto our own resources, no? Better late than never.
And that's more than enough from me for one day. After all, I know my answers to my own questions - and so, quite possibly - do you.