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Aamer’s column published in Scottish Sun on Sunday 10th August


Half of Scotland must have watched the big debate, but when it comes down to it the Referendum has nothing to do with whether or not you like Alex Salmond.

It is of course a good tactic for Labour, Tories and mini-me Tories to con the people into thinking this is about the SNP, but when Alastair Darling lectured Alex on fiscal responsibility, I couldn’t but help be reminded that he was the Chancellor of the Exchequer who presided over a banker’s bail out of £1.3 trillion.

‘Better Together’s’ depressing vision of doom begs the question, if Scotland are such benefit junkies, why are they so desperate to hold onto us?

It’s very touching to hear about how the Union stands by our people but both Labour and the Tories have little to differentiate between them, one is viciously anti-poor and the other says it has to be cruel to be kind, two cheeks of the same arse.

Independence may well be a risk for Scotland but not half as risky as a future within the UK. Despite Scotland having 60% of Europe’s oil reserves, 10% of Europe’s wave energy, 25% of Europe’s wind power we are told that we are too poor to run our own economy.

But if we vote no, then they will be free to carry on hounding the poor. If we vote no then Westminster will be free to destroy what are the best parts of our Union- the NHS, Education and Welfare.

UK Labour might say one thing in Scotland, but Miliband declared last year that if elected he will stick with the Tories’ austerity spending plans, which means cuts for the rest of us and bumper bonuses for their rich pals, who will squeeze as much as they can from us for themselves.

The real reason why coward Prime Minister David Cameron would not debate the First Minister of Scotland was that anyone listening to the millionaire Etonian telling us we are all ‘better together’ would have spotted the fraud.

When you vote on September the 18th ask the question who actually runs Scotland. Why do we need to take daily lectures about the irresponsibility of independence from the very people who nearly destroyed the UK economy out of unrestrained  greed.

For 32 years since 1955 Scotland has been forced to put up with a Tory Government, just imagine, never having to dread a general election result again.

Politicians have confused, patronised and scared us into believing it’s too complicated for us mere mortals. But this isn’t about electing politicians but about deciding whether Scotland can and should decide its own affairs.

No-one else will do a ‘better job of running our country than the people of Scotland because no one has a bigger stake in its success.’

Voting for Independence- Why not?

Just imagine if you were living at home with your parents, both successful, loving and caring but one day you got a good job, married, had children and moved several hundred miles away.  Would you still want your parents to decide what you ate, spent or how you lived?

We are lucky that in order to become a sovereign nation not a single bullet will be fired, we are only being asked to pick up a pencil and put a cross in a box. 100 years after the start of the First World War we could finally decide whether our children are sent to die in illegal wars, whether people can live and die with dignity, and whether our money is spent on welfare rather than warfare.  On September 18th we could leave a legacy for generations to come by simply voting yes.