There are wants and there are needs. This is a basic element of health, economics, and social structure. First there are wants: things which you might desire, but which are not essential to your life & livelihood – luxuries, frivolities, hobbies. Then there are needs: things which you might not desire, but which are essential to your life & livelihood – sustenance, shelter, warmth. There are wants which can provide some needs, and some needs which you might want. But at the end of the day, needs are essential: wants are not.
It is important to distinguish between the two.
|Basis for Comparison||Needs||Wants|
|Meaning||Needs refers to an individual’s basic requirement that must be fulfilled, in order to survive.||Wants are described as the goods and services, which an individual like to have, as a part of his caprices.|
|What is it?||Something you must have.||Something you wish to have.|
|Change||May remain constant over time.||May change over time.|
|Non-fulfillment||May result in onset of disease or even death.||May result in disappointment.|
Do you see where I’m going with this?
I empathise greatly with No supporters who react with anger, fear, and anathema to another Independence Referendum campaign: from their perspective, it’s a continuation of a debate they really didn’t want to have in the first place. The matter was “settled for a generation,” they won, so shut up & stop talking about it, GOD. Back in the good old days, independence was something that could be safely ignored as a fringe belief, something that could never realistically happen. Now it’s something they cannot escape: it’s everywhere, and they just want it to go away.
“I’m fed up with this.” And you think I’m not?
Do you think I’m looking forward to more of this garbage being broadcast into our homes?
Do you think I’m excited over the prospect of people breaking our car windows, as happened to us in the first campaign, and to a fellow SNP campaigner just this week in Largs? Do you think I’m enthusiastic over the prospect of more violence from supporters of the UK? Do you think I’m jumping up and down in anticipation for day after day of canvassing and leafleting in the rain and the sleet and the snow, of the papercuts from hours of envelope collating and the blackened skin of hours of newspaper folding, of the months of research and working and debating to come?
Do you think I’m campaigning for Scottish Independence for fun?
No, I’m not. I’m not looking forward to climbing endless stairs in countless flats & closes, braving excited dugs snapping at my fingers, taking my socks off for bed and pulling a layer of skin off in the process. I’m not looking forward to the infuriating loop of non-arguments that were rendered utterly irrelevant in the last referendum campaign, let alone a post-Leave one, especially with some of my dearest and closest friends. Most of all, I’m absolutely dreading going to doorsteps & hearing someone tell me they voted No, and that they would vote No again – even after everything that’s happened – and for them to win again.
I’m not looking forward to it. But I’m still going to do it.
Because there are some other things I’m “fed up with.” There are some other things I’m “sick to death of.” Things like vows being broken. Things like our sovereignty being dismissed out of hand. Things like our people failing, suffering and dying because of government ideology. Things like a worthless, malfunctioning nuclear hazard stationed only a few dozen miles from Scotland’s most populated city. Things like continuing to demonise the poor, the foreign, the disabled, the most vulnerable in society as a matter of government policy. Things like getting governments that we did not vote for. I’ve been sick of all that for a hell of a lot longer than you’ve been sick about a democratic debate about the future of our nation. “But it’s divisive!” Aye, it is divisive – just like anything in politics. Is it more divisive than preventing people who live here from the right to vote, deporting people who’ve lived here for decades out of the country, increasing the chasm of attainment between rich and poor, letting people starve for the sake of a spare bedroom, sending people fleeing from persecution to their likely deaths?
We are about to see the United Kingdom leave the European Union with no economic assessment in the event of a failed deal with the EU. The EU citizens who were excluded from the franchise which would decide their fate are openly described as “cards” in some twisted game. The UK Government has dismissed all propositions from the Scottish Government, and did not even inform the devolved nations of the date for Article 50’s triggering. And today, the Prime Minister actually said “This isn’t a question about whether the people of Scotland should have a choice or not.” A people’s choice about their future shouldn’t be a want.
So no, I don’t want another Independence Referendum. Do not confuse that with my belief that we need one – for we most assuredly do.
For the sake of Scotland’s survival as we know it now, we need another Independence Referendum. For the sake of all those dying in Scotland under the heel of the UK Government, we need another Independence Referendum. For the sake of our own sovereignty, ratified by the Independence Referendum of 2014 & traduced by the UK Parliament ever since, we need another Independence Referendum. It’ll be tough, it’ll be hard-going, it’ll be exhausting – but the alternative is unthinkable.
It isn’t a case of wants – it’s a case of needs.
We need a story to believe in
We need a hero to prevail
We need a challenge we can overcome
It takes a tragedy to make us one