Monthly Archives: February 2014
In an article in the Herald Scotland, Jonathon Shafi, the co-founder of the Radical Independence Campaign speaks out.
SO it’s all agreed then?
George Osborne, Danny Alexander and Ed Balls have dismantled the case for Scottish independence through their sheer brilliance and that of their banking friends.
The right-wing and unionist media (that’s almost all of it) offers its wholehearted endorsement.
We independence supporters should just give up and go home.
Except most Scots don’t believe a word they say. The UK has the lowest level of trust in its politicians of any country in Europe – including Greece, Spain and Ireland.
Almost 40% of people in Britain almost never trust Westminster and that is likely to be worse in Scotland.
As George Osborne delights and amuses the British Establishment (Scotland branch) in expensive hotels, while avoiding questions from the press, he has no idea about the lives of people outside his own sugar-coated bubble.
In this era of austerity, hundreds of thousands of people in Scotland are at the sharp end of the system.
Pollsters and political strategists don’t usually pay attention to these people – they don’t vote in enough numbers. Formal politics fails to engage the population as a whole, wrapped up as it is in the neoliberal consensus.
All too often the people who make our society work are forgotten.
Now though, change is in the air. The Radical Independence Campaign has been targeting canvassing in areas “professional” politics does not enter.
We consistently get majority support for independence in these communities.
Now we are planning mass canvassing, starting in Easterhouse.
These communities make up a very large proportion of those eligible to vote. Better Together assumes they’ll stay home. That is why they have failed to engage with ordinary people, preferring to court the support of the corporations and big business.
“UKOK” could not be further from the reality of this austerity union. The average salary in Scotland is £25,000, yet 70% of the population live on less.
Everyone in that 70% is a victim of Britain’s unbalanced economy. The living standards of the mass of the population pale – to a breathtaking degree – next to the super rich.
All the polling and focus-group data suggests the poorest are less likely to vote in elections because they don’t believe it will make any difference.
To a large extent they are right: corporate Britain is sewn up for the rich.
But not voting does not represent an active consent for the British State.
Most people know they are the butt of Tory Britain’s “we’re all in it together” joke. It will not take much to galvanise that frustration into a clear understanding of just how bad Britain has been.
We tell the truth about Britain, and propose the radical solutions we need to bring about social change.
Naturally, establishment politicians and media will ignore us for the time being. They’ll probably keep making speeches and printing essays which argue Scotland is secretly Tory.
We couldn’t care less. From their establishment bunkers they’ve never really understood Scotland, and have rarely been so out of touch and illegitimate in their authority.
Their ivory tower is our opportunity.
On the streets – where we never see Better Together canvassers – persuading people UK plc has failed is not hard.
If we get people registered and out to vote, the status quo is in for a shock.
We oppose the big business stitch-up, and outline our alternative to austerity and privatisation.
Accusations of “narrow nationalism” are farcical when the forces which dominate the British State are as narrow as possible: millionaires with Eton educations and close friends in the world’s most powerful corporations.
A Yes vote on September 18 is a rejection of the City and the Westminster parties that have failed us.
If Scotland’s working people vote in large numbers, Scotland will become independent. That can result in a genuine challenge to neoliberalism.
And George Osborne will probably never understand why.
Scots Asians for Yes along with the other main pro-independence campaigns will be canvassing and holding stalls across Glasgow. Come join us to listen, ask questions about the independence referendum and why it is vital that you are part of the debate of the most important decision in Scotland’s history in our lifetimes.
An opportunity never knocks twice
By Councillor Imtiaz Majid
On the 18th of September 2014 we have a PEACEFUL opportunity to exercise our democratic right and vote on the question of “should Scotland be an independent country” and the result of this referendum will be respected and be legally binding.
It is imperative that everyone engages in this process and comes to an informed decision as to the which way they will vote.
Personally I am totally convinced that Scotland should be an independent country. I have no doubt that as an independent country we will be more healthier, prosperous and be a more equal and just society.
We cannot let this once in a lifetime opportunity to improve our future, the future of our family, children, grand children and future generations to pass us by.
We are ready to sacrifice ourselves in a blink of an eye for our loved ones, so we should at least take the time and make the effort to listen to the arguments and debates regarding the referendum.
I can positively say that once you hear the perfectly logical and viable propositions of the YES side and the negative and fear producing arguments which have no real basis of the no side, you will like me be convinced to vote YES.
I would like to leave you with thought provoking question. Who is more better qualified to look after you and your family’s interests?
In an article printed today in the Sunday Herald by Judith Duffy has clearly indicated that the Scottish Asian voter is in favour of independence.
A poll by Scotland’s leading Asian radio station has found nearly two-thirds of listeners are in favour of independence.
The Awaz FM poll showed 64% of listeners would vote Yes, while 32% were against the idea of breaking up the United Kingdom.
Grass root campaigning has been on going by Scots Asians for Independence for Yes for several months with us putting our case forward at street stalls, multicultural events, organising public events, leafletting and canvassing. We are very pleased with the result of the poll where the results were shared 7 February on the AWAZ FM facebook page
We look forward to working even harder over the following months to ensure that we are engaging fully with the community and society at large.
A big thank you to our SAFI4YES Ambassadors for being such passionate advocates and creating the space for dialogue to occur and most importantly show that we are actively listening to the concerns of the community.
Special thanks to Humza Yousaf, Tasmina Sheikh, Shab Jaffri, Aamer Anwar, Jonathon Shafi, Suki Sangha, Sohail Haque, Irfan Rabbani, Ghazala Ahmed,Tahir Mohammed and Abdul Majid who have worked tirelessly alongside many others, working for an independent Scotland.