Four little days to go!

The BIGGEST decision to be made in Scotland by the people in Scotland is only four days away!

Everywhere I go, I hear people talking, discussing and yes; even debating THE REFERENDUM.

I also hear a lot of

‘I’m sick of this bloody referendum! Can’t wait til it’s over and we can go back to watching TV/posting pictures of our dinners again.’

The other side of the coin is

‘I’m soo excited/nervous that I can’t sleep!’

Which in itself shows the difference of the supporters. 97% of Scotland has registered to vote. The HIGHEST number ever to be registered. It shows the level of belief that we, in Scotland, FINALLY have a Vote that actually matters. Even if that Vote returns a majority of No, then at least we got one chance to be counted. If that majority is Yes, it will be the first of many Votes where our voice is heard, instead of hidden in the many millions of England (same does apply to Wales and Northern Ireland, our three wee countries voices are drowned out by the large amount of Voters in England. For example, Scotland has one Tory MP, yet we have a Tories running the Government)

 

I hear many people saying nothing will change. I do not believe this to be true. I personally think if the outcome is Yes, I don’t see much changing within the first 5 years – other than our Passports and Drivers licences being changed over. The rest will muddle along the same as before until we have full control and agreement in our parliament.

whereas if the outcome is No, I fear that our audacity to even try to think for ourselves will be punished by those in Westminster, our further 70% austerity cuts will happen very soon, more and more powers will be taken away from the Scottish Executive – to continue to call it a parliament would be an embarrassment. Our NHS has no hope of being ‘ring-fence’ in the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership). Our world-class Universities would lose out, Our school systems will lose out. The history books will be written about how a small mob of SNP voters tried to change the United Kingdom. When really it was a lot of Labour Voters who have done their research and realised Scottish Labour would work better for Scotland without the westminster Labour telling them what to do, It was the Scottish Green Voters who can see a way forward in Independence (No Trident for one!), it was the masses of ‘I’m not wasting my time Voting when what we Vote for makes no difference’. It was this last lot of non voters who have swelled our Voting numbers to 97% of the people in Scotland. It is these voters who have suddenly gotten very into politics, many in Scotland now know more about our financial history, political history, royal history, economic history than ever before. And this new knowledge is not going to go away. We know now more than ever that Labour are no different from the Conservatories. We know now that we are not thought highly of in our House of Lords and our Parliament. We know now that we are only wanted for our Oil and our revenues from whiskey and other revenues that are all classed as English revenues.

I truly hope that those going to the polling booth on Thursday take the time to go to the sources of information, dig around to find out the facts and the fiction (thanks BBC for making us do your job for you!) and I hope they Vote the way forward for Scotland.

50 days left

And I am genuinely scared.

My son asked last week what happens if we vote No? as we stand at the bus station after a brilliant week ‘down South’, Worcester to be precise. Where the sun shone, and people went to the pub every night. and the town was not only full of pound shops and charity shops, but a LOT of higher end high street shops.

My response; as a lot of the English Grey Haired Brigade (elderly waiting on the bus to the pay and ride place) listened in (as best as they can with our accents).

“Survive as best we can, as we have always done.”

 

But why should we just survive? Why can’t we as a nation thrive? Why can we not continue to spend our money on the values we believe in like free health care and free education for all? Why if over half of us vote No on 18th September, then have to lose these fundamentals to our lives that we are at this moment taking for granted?

 

Me as a full-time employed mother earns the princely sum of £16200 per year. £1350 per month. I get around £1100 in my bank each month.  I pay £500 per month for my house as I am stuck on a high interest mortgage. If i was to be renting it is no cheaper and a lot of the times dearer.

Then add in Gas, Electricity, BBC Licence, Virgin (cheaper for me to have the tv and fone package than to just have the broadband, i would get rid of the other two if it saved me any money, but it doesn’t), life insurances, house insurances, car insurance, mobile fone.

On a good month i have £250 to spend on Food, Diesel, school lunches/clothes/trips/funds/charities(my order of school priorities), after school activities, childcare, birthdays, christmas, easter, clothes for both of us and if lucky a holiday too!

I try to save, but its hard when everything is needed paying and all at once – I save up to pay the car insurance and house insurances in one go so i don’t have to pay anything extra.

 

If I had to also pay for our health care, something else would have to give, but what?

If i had to save to be able to pay for my son to go to college or uni, then im sure the pot would be almost empty, as something would always need fixed or repaired or replaced.

 

When I go food shopping, I spend between £30 and £50 per week! for the 2 of us. We eat a lot of fruit and vegetables and that takes up the bulk of our shopping, it used to be dairy but now the reliance on goat’s milk/yogurt/cheese isn’t too big,now i buy; 1 litre of milk, 1 250g block of cheese, and 1 carton of natural yogurt. Those 3 items comes to approx £9. Buy midweek I need a top up of milk.

 

If the vote is No, what will happen to us? We have only had 10% of the cuts that Wales, Northern Ireland and England have had.

No More Austerity
This stuck on the bus stop in Worcester.

What westminster Government is going to cut most of the money due to a country that is in the process of drumming up support to leave?

Benefit scroungers? I think not!

Play This Everywhere.

 

Have a watch, and listen carefully.

This man deals with it everyday, and I deal with it every week. I tell at least one person a week to go get a referal for a foodbank. In this day and age. I also tell them to go to their local Church/Chapel/Mosque/Salvation Army. Cause you have to be without for 3 days before the foodbank will help. That does not help those poor children who due to lack of food, they cant concentrait at school, they dont learn and that affects the rest of their life.

Benefit Fraud

Lynsey Airth mother of 2 children, commits benefit fraud for £xxxx (figure unknown to me as I have yet to read last nights Greenock Telegraph)

MP Tony McNulty claimed £13,000 for a second home that his parents lived in.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller claimed parliamentary second home expenses for houses in which her parents lived in, to the tune of £90,000.

One of these people paid back the money and resigned.One is in jail and one has had nothing happen to them. Can you guess what punishment goes with whom?

Tony Mcnulty resigned, apologised and paid back the money.

Maria Miller is still Culture Secretary, has not apologised nor has she handed back a penny.

Lynsey Airth is currently in jail.

 

Moral of this story – if you are going to fraudulenty claim for a benefit, make sure it is for big bucks, cause the lower it is the harsher the punishment!

 

There is currently a Change.Org petition going around to get Lynsey released to be with her 2 young children. She has apologised and offered to pay the money back (a lot more than offered by Maria Miller, who has the money to pay it back in one go most likely).

Please sign the petition and get those to kids thier mother back!