We are in the midst of the greatest grass roots political campaign in modern times in Scotland. In the streets, over dinner tables, on social media, in workplaces and schools, people of all ages, class and nationalities are engaging in positive debate on the Scottish Referendum. As a songwriter I decided that the best way to fully engage in this historical process was to write a song about why I would be voting Yes.
This is not a campaign of party political affiliation but one of the Scottish People expressing their democratic right to be an independent nation once again. There will be no riots in the streets, no bloodshed, no bullets fired, this is a peaceful and intelligent expression of the right of the Scottish People to vote on our future and that of generations to come.
John Lennon said that the role of a songwriter in society is to express what is going on around him at that particular time, not to dictate one thing or another. Rather than give in to the top down dictates of Westminster with their advertising and control of the media and airwaves, I see and hear Scottish people every day engaging in this debate.
It would be a richer Scottish nation that votes Yes, richer in the sense that we finally take control of our own destiny and lose that mentality that tells us that we are always gallant losers. The Scotland I live in is a vibrant and varied society ready to take its rightful place as an equal with the other nations of the world.
So, “Why Yes, Why No?” for me, it is a double positive.
Why no’ take control of our finances, why no’ build hospitals and schools instead of bombs, why no’ invest our people with the democratic right to vote in the Scottish Government that they choose?