I am English voting Yes for Scotland the land that is my home.
I have been interested in politics for as long as I can remember and decided I was a Labour voter at the age of nine although my family never showed much political interest. Throughout the late 70’s and early 80’s I marched with the anti Nazi league and supported the Labour party.
I met and married a Scotsman 25 years ago. We lived in Yorkshire the place of my birth but always hankered after moving to the Highlands where we holidayed every year.
Ross my husband was a shop steward at Sellafield and worked there for many years, I worked in a textile mill in my home village. After 13 years I was made redundant and Ross left Sellafield. This was the turning point and we decided to make the move to the Highlands.
I always loved our visits to Scotland both to my husbands families’ areas of Greenock and Port Glasgow and to the Highlands .I felt an affinity with the people, a shared political background although my introduction to sectarianism I found bewildering. I admired the people of Scotland who fought so hard against the poll tax and suffered the dismantling of their industries and never forgave the Tories for their injustice.
We moved to The Highlands ten years ago and in that Ten years I have become more and more in love with the area in which live.
Our son has had a fantastic education here and at Glasgow university, we have a health service to be proud of and people in the community are supportive where ever you come from, who ever you are.
It’s not a bed of roses though and there is a lot of hidden poverty in the Highlands and we have got the inevitable food bank just being set up in the local village.
Should food banks be inevitable?. I think not. Should the downgrading and privatisation of the NHS be inevitable? I think not. Should people be classed as scroungers if they need help in the hard times? I think not. Should the indigenous culture of my area be sidelined and ridiculed? I think not. Should we be dragged into more illegal wars and have expensive nuclear weapons sitting in our waters? I think not.
If Scotland votes no in the referendum I think all those things could become inevitable as the Westminster elite lurch further to the right .The prospect of a Con/UKip government is a nightmare scenario for me and many others in Scotland.
If Scotland votes yes we can have a different outcome, a fairer more equitable outcome. A Scotland going forward with our own agenda that works for Scotland and it’s people. Our government voted for by our people.
I am English voting yes for Scotland the land that is my home.