John Douglas (Songwriter & Musician): Independence Would Enhance Scotland’s Friendship With England

no-one has crystal ball, indy gives us uncertainty with power, UK gives uncertainty without power”


The above quote from snowthistle on Twitter is my considered view about Scottish independence in a nutshell.

Taking it out of the nutshell…

I’m a songwriter and musician from Irvine, Ayrshire, and proud member of the Trashcan Sinatras. I’m chapping the door of 50 years old and I have been a studious political observer and participant in UK democracy since I was 15.

It has always been a source of frustration to me that the generally socially conscious, community based, fair minded voting patterns of Scotland have been relatively futile in impact. In fact, for the majority of my life, Scotland has been governed by non socially conscious governments. It felt awful and frustrating to live through, still does, and now there is a chance, one chance, to take what will always be, to some degree, a leap in the dark and take hold of complete autonomy for ourselves. A chance to reflect our own well documented national psyche with all policy and finance decisions at our own behest. I don’t look at the issue as one of separation, I don’t believe it will be divisive. It is a clearly overdue re-drawing of the rules of our on-going relationship that, I believe, will eventually enhance our friendship with the English population.

Away from my political leanings, I have enjoyed life standing on my own two feet. When I left home and began to fend for myself and be an individual, with all it’s inherent responsibilities, worries, triumphs, disasters, joys etc. I had no cop out of blaming someone else, circumstances could make life difficult and it has been far from perfect but I have a sense of my own identity, my own worth, a desire to work and be useful and pride in my actions/achievements etc. It is this feeling that, more than anything, drives my desire for our country to stand on it’s own two fine feet.

Looking at the debate so far, it is easy to forget one thing – this is an eternal decision. All the bluster and noise about the machinations of how it will work or won’t work, the relatively short term financial and organisational concerns, the highly funded politically driven propaganda machines swinging into action are all just that to me – bluster and noise.

Ourselves, our children and grandchildren moulding a country that has the complete power to reflect its own national psyche just makes plain, old fashioned, Scottish common sense to me.

John Douglas
The Trashcan Sinatras

Selected works

“Wild Mountainside” written by John Douglas

“Oranges & Apples” by The Trashcan Sinatras