Why I am voting yes in the Scottish independence referendum
Most of my friends know me as a staunch no voter. For a long time I have been convinced that the risks of Scottish independence outweigh the potential benefits, particularly the risks to business. I have railed against the “Braveheart” mentality that seems prevalent among a proportion of the electorate, a group of people who I perceive to be voting not based on what might be best for Scotland, but based on an idealised image of what our future might be like.
Despite that, I have taken the decision to vote yes in the upcoming referendum. Here is why: we shouldn’t always be driven by fear of risks, but by the potential for rewards. Right now around the world there are great businesses, great scientists, great leader and great thinkers changing the world every day and they are driven by the possibility of positive change, of making things better. They are not stopped by fear.
Fear slows progress, fear steals us away from making things better. We see it now in the field of genetics, with fear of the development of eugenics. We see it in assisted suicide, where fear of abuse leads many to die slow painful undignified deaths. Fear is the great barrier to positive progress and development
Scottish independence has the possibility of great rewards both for Scottish business and for the Scottish people. We might be able to nurture an environment where Scottish businesses and entrepreneurs can thrive. Maybe we can create a welfare system that really takes care of those who need it most, and maybe we can ensure our healthcare system is not privatised and continues to provide high quality healthcare regardless of financial status. Maybe we can take Scotland back to a time when it was at the leading edge of technological and industrial advancement.
It could all go horribly wrong, it could hurt Scottish businesses and the Scottish people could be left worse off. But it could also lead to massive rewards, and sometimes we have to take a leap of faith.