Let’s take charge of our future – out of the egotistical, corrupt hands of Westminster

The question of independence hasn’t quite gone away since 2014, and it shouldn’t until we reach the finishing line.

If this pandemic has proved anything, it’s that Scotland is more efficient without Westminster.

As Scotland’s economy and services are being reshaped in the wake of this pandemic, why not do so in an Independent Scotland?

We’re not advocating to be free from England, Northern Ireland or Wales, but from the UK Government and Parliament that have failed Scotland for too long. The fact is, the United Kingdom is breaking up. But why?

Over the past seven years, we have seen many disparities emerge between the UK nations.

The root cause is Westminster’s poor governance and the approach on life-changing matters.

Scotland can do better, because we are a nation with humanist values at its heart. We are not perfect, but there is a reason why Nicola Sturgeon has been internationally recognised as an influential leader, unlike Boris Johnson.

Prime Ministers of the UK have changed more times than we had leap years – reflecting the lack of confidence and trust within their own political circles.

Do we really want to maintain this and keep our livelihoods in the hands of corrupt, egotistical elites? Or do we want to have a stronger voice in deciding our own future?

Broken promises, devastating policies and imperialist ideologies have dominated the Westminster palate, and there is no indication that this is going to change.

‘Britishness’ is surfacing on social media as Boris Johnson sets out to show what a post-Brexit Britain should look like, including the dehumanisation of hereditary victims of the British Empire and pledges which appease the white patriarchy.

Scotland was influenced, and therefore, held a role in colonisation – but the demand for independence has always been in the background, either as rebellion or defiance to the status quo.

The more we see regression in Westminster, the more we crave disassociation from the draconian leaders of the United Kingdom.

Which is why the reformed and developed attitude of embracing ‘New Scots’ and changing the narrative on social equity is a welcome and progressive shift.

My personal journey, from an undecided voter to strong Yes, has been influenced as I visualise what type of society I want my children to grow up in.

Welcoming, supportive, and one that embraces diversity. This is a future that can happen through Independence, but only if we sow the seeds now.

The original Yes campaign did wonders in shifting the narrative and keeping it alive after 2014. We can only go from strength to strength, building on the work that has already been done.

Economic worries need to be addressed, with discussions focussing on evidence proving we are an energy-rich country, focussing on young people and adapting to the challenges of the changing economy.

If we do all that, and uphold our values of citizenship, Scotland will emerge as an independent country, ready to re-enter the European Union – with our own Scottish representation at the top table, not one defined by Boris Johnson.