On Scottish Independence
Independence could be said to transpire from a lack of affinity within a relationship, something that is more often than not caused by the following factors -
- Opposing goals
- Unbalanced responsibility
- Alternate priorities
Whilst other environmental variables exist, these are the most apparent factors in the post-mortems of large scale geopolitical debate and constitutional divorce.
Scotland, locked to England’s head but miles from its heart, is the most recent example of a situation in dire need of review. Politics, and our nations inability to spread evenly its focus on the important pillars of society, have washed a cavity between the capital and the north.
Perhaps the clear definition of Scotland as a country make it an easier breakpoint, but the problem certainly doesn’t end there.
The North/South divide makes mid-sheet news frequently but remains more of a whimper than a cage-rattle. Could our digital capillaries help alter the flow? Yes - but we have a lot of work to do.
We don’t vote because we don’t think it changes anything. And the fact is, it doesn’t. Our policy making and moral choices should not be seasonal, should not be tied to the term of a parliament. We make our own life changing decisions every day, so why can’t we do the same with what should be democratic decisions undertaken by the citizens of the state?
Right now, reading the papers and looking at the changes in policy I can have no discernible impact on, I’m longing for a ‘downvote’ button. Hell give me alerts on motions that might slip by when I’m not looking, allow me to lend my support to a bill, or better still, let me propose my own.
Our current system is need of a shake up. It needs to be challenged with new thinking and new concepts.
The ability to bring ideas into fruition through asynchronous channels for the myriad of citizens we otherwise fail to classify cannot be far off, can it?