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The New Weegie: we need to work together to build the country we want, regardless of indyref outcome

I'm finding the independence debate is having a strange effect on my world view.

It's not that my politics have suddenly swung - or even shuffled a wee bit - to the right, but I am beginning to wonder if we expect too much from our governments.

I'm still not sure how I'll vote on September 18 but like many confirmed Yes voters I am attracted by the opportunities that independence offers - opportunities to create a more equal society, a well balanced economy and a better quality of life for people in Scotland. But I don't think any government can achieve these things on its own.

So despite the recent headlines, my biggest concern about independence isn't that a Sterling currency union may not be negotiable or (as I've said before) that Scotland isn't big enough and economically strong enough to stand alone.

No, my greatest worry is that we may not make the most of this huge opportunity to create significant and long lasting changes for the better. Because however talented, dedicated and inspiring our politicians may be, there are limits to what they can do. And perhaps the biggest limit is what we will allow them to do. Tax rise, anyone?

If Scotland votes Yes in September, then we'll all need to work together to build the country we want. And, of course, we'll all have different views on what we want for Scotland and how we can contribute.

It may mean becoming more politically engaged: writing to our MPs, MEPs and local councillors to let them know our concerns, campaigning on a particular issue or standing for elected office ourselves.

For those of us who can afford it, it may mean being willing to pay higher taxes. As well as funding a fairer welfare system and better health service, additional tax revenue could - for example - support the world-class research and innovative start-up businesses that are necessary to create a strong, diverse economy.

It may mean investing directly in new Scottish enterprises - through crowdfunding or as business angels if we have the means. If we have entrepreneurial flair, it may mean daring to start or expand our own businesses and social enterprises.

It may mean taking the time to pick up a piece of litter on the street or taking the trouble not to drop the litter in the first place.

Above all, it may mean jettisoning the ideas - probably emanating most strongly from Westminster - that 'aspiration' means primarily an aspiration for material wealth and that people with an inordinate amount of money to spend are best described as 'wealth creators'.

I won't try your patience by adding to this list but I could do. I'm sure you could too (and you'd probably like to make some amendments as well.)

Don't get me wrong. I'm not trying to suggest that these things aren't happening already. Of course they are. But most of us could do a little more - whether or not Scotland votes Yes in September.

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