I was just asked, why I've written something to back the Scottish 'yes' campaign, (see earlier blog post, here: http://to-helen.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/a-note-to-people-of-scotland_24.html ) - even though I'm in England, and I don't have a vote?
The thing is, if you know me at all, you shouldn't have to ask!
There are many reasons why I think Scotland should be allowed to make their own choices, but for me, the main priority is Scotland's disabled, ill, and vulnerable people.
They are being demonised, vilified, lied about, and hurt, by this government, (just like the rest of us are).
Here, we have to wait until May, for the chance to get rid of a government that is destroying our lives, and driving many to an early death. Scotland has the chance to be free from that much sooner - and it could save lives!
People may think that I'm being short-sighted, and not thinking about wider issues, and perhaps they're right - but for me, setting people free from the pain that we are going through, is the most important thing.
The fact is, (and it is a fact), that the Labour government in England, has not done what it could have, (and should have), to protect disabled, ill and vulnerable people, from this government's cruel, and damaging policies.
They have so many chances to do more, offer alternatives, and help us. They haven't taken them.
I am not anti Labour. I don't align myself with any political party. I do align myself with fellow disabled, (and ill) people, and those that aren't being respected and treated the way they deserve to be - by anyone.
Scotland has a chance to create a fairer society. No one is denying that there will be things that need to be ironed out, and there are decisions that still need to be made, - but nothing good, ever comes easy.
If they don't take this chance to change things now, they will lose it forever.