Reaching Out to That “Inner Nat” in our Fellow Scots

As we approach the two year countdown to the referendum It’s time to reach out to that patriotic inner Scottish nationalist that resides in practically everybody who lives and works in Scotland. It’s time for that “inner nat” to shout out that this is our time, and we can, and we will, secure our independence.

Our job is to unleash that inner nationalist that resides in our fellow Scots. That essentially Scottish spirit that knows we can, and we will, and that no one will tell us that we can’t and we won’t. It is the “inner nat” that longs to be like all those other countries in the world, normal and self-governing, peacefully patriotic and above all free and independent.

The inner nationalist knows we are better than this. Knows we are a rich, inventive nation that will make a positive, peaceful contribution to world affairs. It is the inner nat who waves the saltire proudly and knows that we are as good as anybody else in the world.

It is the inner nationalist that is appalled by the likes of Iain Duncan Smith who tells us we’re “too wee or too poor” to run a welfare state. It is the part of us who shouts out indignantly at his likes and all the other naysayers who deride our ambition and talk us down.

The inner nationalist is also the part of us that believes in our sense of national dignity and self respect- the pride in taking responsibility for ourselves and blaming no one else for our failures. About the self respect that it is us, the Scottish people, who will make our own way in the world.

The “inner nat” is proud of our achievements, roars on anyone in a Scotland top, and is culturally relaxed and in tune with his or her innate Scottishness. He or she is proud to be Scottish, but is an avowed and committed internationalist.

Independence will be about the heart and the head. The head that knows that it is the people who live and work in Scotland who are best placed to decide our future, simply because it is us who care most about our nation. But it is the heart that’s most important, that patriotic, ambitious inner nationalist in us Scots that knows that independence will allow us to be all we can be and express ourselves fully.

The inner nationalist in us will drown out the negative voices that tell us we can’t and who try to denigrate our ambition. The inner nationalist is simply an emotional response that says Scotland deserves better, is better and deserves its national liberation, its independence and its freedom.

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10 thoughts on “Reaching Out to That “Inner Nat” in our Fellow Scots

  1. Scottish republic

    This Scot nat would ery much like the economic argument to be communicated more effectively and louder — the average Scottish voter doesn’t even know that Scotland operates on a block grant system thatis being cut. If they haven’t grasped that then anything more complex is possibly going to fail.

    Obama’s campaign siad it takes two years to communicate a simple message — that agrees with the development of the message, ‘Yes, we can’.

    Economy, economy, economy.

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    1. Doreen McIntyre

      You’re right, unfortunately. They intend to bleed us dry unless we cut the apron strings and wing it alone. We could and should soar if we get our collective noodles together. We are a very, very, smart nation, and if the finest of us get together and work it throught, we will show oursel’s and ithers a thing or two! xx

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  3. Vincent Mc Dee

    At the end of the day the decision Aye/Nae, is going to be based on self-preservation.

    The average scott is going to look around, check the wallet/purse, ascertain if their way of life is going downward/upwards depending on the final choice and think of themselves first.

    Taking into consideration 92% of planned cuts are still to be implemented on the block-grant and the SNP record in government….they’ll know better together only applies to the Scottish People, “simply because it is us who care most about our nation”.

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  4. Alison SmithA

    I have no inner nat. Maybe that’s why I moved away. Or possibly it was the constant naval gazing, and politicians who implicitly teach us to doubt ‘whether we’re ‘as good as anyone else in the world’ (of course we are). Scotland can do well on its own, or it can do well as a devolved part of a wider entity. But it won’t do well if its supposed leaders spend their entire time inflicting new wounds only so they can make political gain from picking over the scabs. I spend most of my time in new countries smaller than Scotland (Estonia, Lithuania and Slovakia). Their independence has brought varying success. The main variables, as far as I can see, are vision and responsible leadership. So quit the jingoism. What those currently on the fence want to know is this: other than being draped in saltires, what will an independent Scotland look like?

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  5. youngdegsy

    I hope to goodness my inner sense is not nationalist – because however touchy-feely the SNP try to make it seem and sound, nationalism is inherently an exclusive, negative, destructive blame-filled philosophy. If my inner sense is open, inclusive, welcoming and positive then I will be a better person – and this collection of characteristics is inherently anti-nationalist. Inner Nat? Given the actions of those who display their Outer Nat, no thanks.

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    1. John

      The Scots problem is that they are too much of their small tribe. More need to see that being British is something bigger, and grander.

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  6. John Mepham

    Scots are British too. Until the late ’60’s most were British first and Scots second, the correct order in my view. Scots Britishness becomes clearer when you meet them overseas when you haven’t met a fellow Brit for a few months, as has frequently been my experience in SE Asia over the years. Tale away Scots Britishness and you take away part of themselves. Is that what the SNP wants to do? Have a separated Scotland with a population of people who don’t feel quite right, because they are no longer British ?

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