The Scottish referendum is a matter for the Scottish people.
It is up to people registered to vote in Scotland to decide whether to stay with the rest of the United Kingdom or not but if Scotland leaves it will have a profound effect on the rest of us as well as on Scotland.
And in the Liverpool City Region, we have much in common with people in Glasgow and elsewhere in Scotland.
Our two communities have more in common than we each have with more prosperous Tory, SNP and Lib Dem areas in Scotland and England.
People in Merseyside and in Glasgow vigorously opposed and brought down the Poll Tax. Together, we oppose the Bedroom Tax, which the next Labour government will abolish. As the letter from Merseyside Labour MPs says: “We too, believe that the creation of a fairer and more equal society in which providing opportunity and support for people regardless of their family circumstances is, and always has been, our central joint purpose.
Our communities have so much in common and so much that we want to achieve together that it would be an irreversible setback if we could no longer look to our Glaswegian friends and allies for the solidarity needed to progressively change our two communities for the better.”
The letter ends with a simple message: “Glasgow and Liverpool: two together for progress.”
The referendum is on Thursday, September 18. If you have friends or relatives in Scotland, phone them and let them know that you want them to stay as part of the UK. You never know, your solidarity with them may just make all the difference in encouraging them to vote to do just that.