Sunday, September 14. 2014
With just four more days until the people of Scotland take to the polling stations to make the biggest political decisions that they are ever likely to make, trying to capture the essence of this referendum is a daunting task. This campaign on whether to choose self-determination or stick with the same old horseshit has been a long and arduous one, spanning back at least two years, officially, and has taken many twists and turns along the road as the citizens of this country have wrestled with the issues in their heads, hearts and guts.
Then in 2007, something incredible happened and the SNP won the Scottish General Election by a ‘bawhair’. The tide had turned as the people of Scotland began to realise that the policies of New Labour seemed more akin to those of Old Tory. The days of ‘choose-your-favourite-primary-colour’ politics were over in Scotland and the people realised, once again, that their voice and vote counted for something that was real. With the SNP gaining an overall majority in the 2011 Scottish General Election, it was clear that the political affairs of Scotland were best decided by those who could benefit the most from them: the people of Scotland themselves.
THESE THREE GOONS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE IN OPPOSITION TO
EACH OTHER, INSTEAD THEY OPPOSE SCOTLAND’S FUTURE
But their attempts to do so could almost be considered comical if the implications of remaining in the Union weren’t so catastrophic. Westminster in this referendum has pulled out all the stops and the result has been an incredible eye-opener, even to me. The most astonishing revelation to come from this debate is how virtually every faction of the mainstream media has been utilised by the establishment to argue a pro-Unionist case. This blatant bias in reporting would be bad enough if the media were merely hoodwinking the general public from the truth; but it is much worse than that as the mediums of television, radio and daily newspapers have rallied round to blatantly lie on the establishment’s behalf. Organisations like the BBC, who have long been considered national institutions of fairness in reporting and stalwarts of impartiality, have revealed their true colours. The manipulation of public perception is often subtle, but it is clearly there to anyone with a trained eye.
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