If you take one toothpick and try and break it, then it snaps easily. If you place two together then it is a bit harder but with a bit of effort they can be snapped. Once you place three together it is only those with a bit of muscle that can break them once they are put together. Four….Five… each added stick creates something that gets stronger and stronger and harder and harder to break.
Similarly with wires and cables. Electric wires and strong steel cables are made of many strands which are wound together, giving a strength that an individual strand would not have. They are hard to snap.
Throughout history there are successful stories of smaller units coming together, if even just for a season to tackle big issues and powerful foes. The ancient Greeks fought back the Persians by coming together to fight a common foe. The allies in the 1939/45 war did the same. Had they remained on their own they would have been easily picked off one by one and history would have been quite different.
The United Kingdom itself is a success story of nations coming together and forging a partnership for the common good.
In a political context the recent AV vote brought together politicians of diverse political opinions onto the same platform on both sides to present a united common front. Despite opinion on the result it was a well fought campaign that presented effectively the views of both sides.
But what of the Independence debate in Scotland – a debate that is rapidly moving towards a referendum and a political solution one way or another?
At the moment, on the one side, the separatist movement speaks with one voice and is a highly polished and efficient machine. It is also seen as a Scottish voice. On the other hand, those for the Union in Scotland are divided and appear at best disjointed and at worst apathetic. It is also a sad situation when the most vocal support for the Union comes from outside Scotland. This cannot continue.
This needs to change and Scottish supporters of Scotland remaining in the UK need to get their act together even if it means temporarily burying political differences and old rivalries.
It’s a real mess. Some politicians are refusing to share platforms with others. Others want to go it alone and feel they don’t need the help of smaller parties. If I were a separatist I would be enjoying every moment of this. A divided and fragmented opposition is an easy one to pick off and defeat. It results in confusing and sometimes different messages – although all have the same aim. In a court of law, if witnesses’ evidence does not agree, then it is easy for an astute lawyer to discredit it. I think most would agree there are many astute lawyers who do not believe Scotland should remain in the UK. In this situation how can anyone decide what is credible?
If politicians cannot convey passion and unity together for remaining in the UK, then how can they inspire their members, followers and supporters to do the same? How can they put forward a positive message that will touch those from all political persuasions, including those who are not political at all? How will they even convince people to come out and vote for the United Kingdom?
You can be assured that the separatists will not be apathetic at the ballot box.
The business community has also been muted in delivering comment on the implications of separation for firms both operating in and also those based in Scotland. We welcome the recent comments from SSE over some of the potential implications for them of breaking up the UK. It is overdue and more companies need to follow their example and draw attention to what the consequences are likely to be should Scotland separate from the rest of the UK. It cannot be assumed that it would be an easy divorce and companies should not give this illusion by remaining silent on the subject
So where are we now?
There are many people opposed to breaking up the UK living in Scotland. Most think it will never happen. Politicians and Business often seem to lack the passion to put forward a persuasive and hopefully balanced case as to why it should not happen. The opposition to separatism is disjointed
This is a rallying call to all the disjointed factions operating in Scotland. One Dynamic Nation was brought into being as a grass roots non-profit organisation that could be used as an umbrella for disjointed factions. It would not be Labour joining with the Scottish Conservatives or vice versa. It would not be Lib Dems trying to decide which party to pull resources with. It would be a common platform with one focus where parties, people and businesses could come together without compromising deeply held political beliefs, party differences and different opinions on what was best for a devolved Scotland – an organisation with a common cause – remaining in the UK – that would not enter into the political arena on other issues.
We hope it can still provide this function.