A poem by Manmohan Tagore, one of our upcoming public speakers and passionate independence campaigners, who also writes very well. Below is a very powerful piece of prose depicting how we are often treated and perceived by the media at large and Manmohan’s response.
HOW DARE YOU SCOTLAND!
How dare you want to be governed by the Party you voted for.
How dare you expect to use your own oil wealth to improve your own country.
How dare you complain about the doubling of number of Scottish people in poverty during the eighties.
How dare you complain about the policy of creating 8 out of 10 of all new jobs in the UK in London only.
How dare you complain about your graduates having to leave Scotland and their families behind just to find a decent job.
How dare you complain that 20% of your children live in poverty.
How dare you oppose Austerity measures which are projected to put 50,000 – 100,000 more children into poverty.
How dare you complain about having the lowest minimum wage in Europe.
How dare you complain about spending 27% of your income on childcare. Who cares if in Sweden they only spend 5%! And don’t you dare mention that they are a small northern European country of around 9 million people!
How dare you complain about having the least generous pensions in Europe. They’re only pensioners after all!
How dare you complain that in some parts of Glasgow some men don’t live as long as they do in Iraq or Afghanistan.
How dare you show a more progressive attitude to Immigrants when the rest of the UK is allowing UKIP to gain power.
How dare you complain that you only see £1.9 billion worth of defence spending in Scotland when you are charged £3.3 billion per year.
How dare you complain about our children polling as the least happy in the developed world.
How dare you complain about having to subsidise a high speed rail link in the South East at a cost of £4 billion pounds when this will do nothing for Scotland.
How dare you complain about Trident and its huge running costs. Why would you want to spend that money on your infrastructure for heaven’s sake!
How dare you complain about being the 3rd most unequal State in the developed world.
How dare you object to the brutal and barbaric foreign policy of the UK.
How dare you complain about a 400% rise in foodbanks since the Coalition came to power.
How dare you ask for clarity and evidence when the NO campaign claim Scotland is better off as part of the UK.
YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO TELL EACH OTHER “WE COULDN’T DO IT!”
HOW DARE YOU REACH FOR THE STARS!