I may have pointed out elsewhere that opinions are like arseholes, everyone has one. The Independence Referendum seems to have started a craze even bigger than the ice-bucket challenge for everyone to air their a***holes in public.
Yes, I know, I’m doing just the same right now, BUT I’m not someone anyone pays much attention to. I’m not RICH and/or FAMOUS and/or POWERFUL in any sense of any of these words. So I feel confident that you will take my opinion simply as my opinion, and you remain free to weigh up the sense (or otherwise) of what I say. That’s your right and your choice.
My message today is: We don’t need the endorsement of ‘big business.’ When the CEO of this or the boss of that tells you he’s voting NO (or Yes), that shouldn’t be of immediate interest or concern. Of course my personal bias would suggest that a Yes boss has more of an investment/idea of ‘social justice’ in Scotland and the NO one has his eye on the balance sheet, but you can ignore that opinion if you like. Just me blowing off.
The more significant point is: Since when did the rich know anything about social justice?
Might I suggest that if the richest amongst us understood the concept of social justice then instead of holding on to their personal fortunes they might ‘redistribute’ some of their wealth (and I mean A LOT) of their wealth towards the poorer in society. The practical ability of the 85 richest people in the world, who Oxfam point out, have as much money as the poorest 3.5 billion people, to change things is massive. But they don’t.
Now I know I’m a bit mathematically challenged and possibly a bit naïve in terms of ‘caring capitalism’ but I venture to suggest that the world would be a better place if there was widespread voluntary redistribution of wealth. And failing that a mandatory one. I’d happily go down a few (quite a few) notches on the scale if it meant that other people came up a few. Sleeping at night is hard enough when you know there are millions starving. I don’t want to rub their noses in it, I don’t want to be responsible by proxy for other people having shit lives. I want us all to be on a level playing field. For me there are many more important things than money.
I just don’t buy the ‘need’ for people to be RICH AS CROESES in order to persuade any of us to get out of bed in the morning. Without these super-rich people the world would go to hell in a handcart eh? (Sounds a bit like the best of both worlds baloney to me.) It has deeply saddened me that so much of the Independence referendum has focussed on how economically ‘better off’ we’ll be (on either side.) And I’m much happier now I’m beginning to see on social media that people have responded in their droves to state that it’s NOT about the economy stupid, it’s about social justice.
For me, this whole justification of what is fundamentally just personal greed and naked ambition at the expense of faceless billions, is all part of the same cleverly packaged ‘celebrity endorsement’ culture which we have become sucked in by. It’s yet another way of keeping good people down.
And yet, something stirs. Somewhere, amongst the ‘ordinary’ men and women of Scotland there is the flickering of a recognition that social justice means everyone taking some personal responsibility for making the world a better place. That each of us individually can do jack shit perhaps, but that if all us ‘naebudy’s’ actually stop being told what to do by the rich (work hard, buy my products and pay your taxes till you die) and start thinking for ourselves, and start working together to make our country a better place, then it just might happen.