I received this comment earlier on today to Wasim Mahmood’s article, and the more I read it, the more I felt it had to be shared
more widely. Thank you Aileen Mitchell Stewart for such a considered reply.
“Excellent article, passionate but considered and well argued. As a non-Asian Scot I am delighted that so many in our Asian community will be voting ‘Yes’ to help re-create an independent nation in which of all her people, of whatever ethnic origin, will have the chance to create a much fairer society directed by the needs and values of it’s own citizens, not those, so very different from our own, that dominate the South East of England, whose sheer numerical dominance will always also dominate Westminster simply by returning the largest number of MPs.
By all means let England’s South Eastern constituencies return MPs to press for what they see as their needs, but we in Scotland, where our values and aspirations are so very different, need our independence to forge the kind of society where the needs of all it’s citizens are paramount, and which is not distorted by the financial manoeuvrings of a super-rich minority, bent on its own selfish ends.
We in Scotland are fortunate in having a history and culture in which the needs and hopes of each individual are respected, and where egalitarian values — in marked contrast to the South of England — have always been strong, and are proud that so many people originally from so many other nations and cultures have come to see Scotland as their home, sharing and strengthening those values. As the old saying has it, “We’re a’ Jock Tamson’s bairns”, and we want a society where that is the basis of our government, not an uncomfortable truth. Whether our names and our families originated in Ireland or Pakistan, Italy or Poland, India or Lithuania, or whether our family name proclaims that we have never strayed far from the lands of our clan, we all have one very important thing in common: we’re all Scots. We need an independent government that serves our needs as Scots, not one in which, at best, our nation is an afterthought in the laws and practices determined for us and imposed upon us for us by a Southern English-dominated Westminster.”
Aileen Mitchell Stewart