I’m a Labour supporter who voted No in the first Scottish Indy ref. I’ve never voted for the SNP and believe a union of equals would make us stronger. But I think I was wrong and would now support independence 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🦄

Here’s why: (1/)
A union of equals is a pipedream. I always thought with a sensible competent government in Westminster the case for independence would be weaker. That’s true, but why run the risk of being shackled to the mendacious buffoonery of the Tories ever again? (2/)
I thought the case for Remaining in the EU was transferable to the Union. But it isn’t. The EU has major faults but it generally acts in the interests of its members (see Eire and the GFA) and treats them as equals. The Tories don’t, they only play to their nativist base (3/)
I don’t like nationalism of any form. Erecting barriers in an increasingly globalised world is a backwards step that fails to address the challenges of ensuring continued globalisation is translated into a fair and equal society. But Scotland has always been outward looking (4/)
I was raised and grew up in England but Scotland has been my home for the majority of my adult life. I’ve married and had kids here. I don’t want to generalise but it’s always seems much less insular than when I go back to England and increasingly so (5/)
And tho I think Labours vision would produce a more equal society than the SNP, the SNP aren’t the enemy here. Free university, prescriptions, hospital parking etc are sound policies. The enemy is nativist Tories putting the interests of 1% of England above everything else (/end)

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