Scotland’s economy. I mean, right now, you guys are still subject (and have been for hundreds of years) to a government that is at odds with the political beliefs of the majority of your population, and you don’t really have strong representation in your own governing body. What there would be to do after independence would be difficult, but not impossible, and probably ultimately healthier for your nation as many have speculated.
Well of course currency and economy seem like the big issues because they are the big issues. Given the economic crisis of the last few years, how can we not make that our priority? Our ability to provide decent healthcare, education, infrastructure, military.. basically everything stems from the economy.
The ‘plan’ is to retain sterling. That is what the yes campaign deemed to be the best idea for an independent Scotland. Whether or not we are able to retain it as part of a ‘currency union’ or not the fundamental question is as an independent nation why would we choose to tie our economy directly to another nation. Our interest rates, our inflation, the basis of our economy would remain tied to the rest of the UK. If this is the ‘best’ solution then why not simply remain part of the UK and retain at least some political control over our own economy?
Another main issue to me is military. Firstly I am for the retention of nuclear deterrents - which the yes campaign is fundamentally against. To me this is naive - it is naive to think that Scotland would not require such a deterrent. Even if we leave the Union, Scotland would remain a primary target in the event of the UK going to war because our geography. Are we really to think that attackers would simply skip over us in order to get to the remainder of the UK - or would they simply trounce over us as an easy target with (in an independent Scotland) little or no defense to speak of. Ask Belgium. All of this is without mentioning the plans for the Scottish army under independence, and the reliance on the idea that those currently serving in the British military will walk away from their oath, their years of service and the honour of serving in one of the worlds most respected militaries to join the new Scottish army.
I am not sure why you think the Better Together campaign has insulted Scottish intelligence. I certainly do not feel this. At a grass roots level I have rarely been so insulted as by the YES campaigners outright telling people they are traitors if they vote no.
And speaking of intelligence - Scotland would lose MI5 and MI6 - what intelligence gathering services would we have? Nobody knows. And in all likelihood - given that America would likely be a tad suspicious of us given our decision to release Al-Megrahi - we might not be able to rely on the support of America to help us in this area.
There are so many unknowns, that is the other thing. There are so many unanswered questions. And why would we walk away from the Union on possibles and maybes? That is not good enough. We are not at war with the UK. We have no gripe with them, and those who do have a gripe with them need to realise that this is not the time of William Wallace or the clans. Those past differences are long gone and we need to leave them there. There is too much at stake here to simply take a chance. And until we can be provided with real answers as to how things will be run in an independent Scotland, what our infrastructure would be, how our economy would function, I for one am not willing to take the risk. We do not even have the certainty of EU or Nato membership - despite what the yes campaign might say those things need to be negotiated. There is no guarantee.
So what does the Union offer us? It offers us a strong voice internationally. It offers us guarantees that we don’t have under independence. It offers us the ideals which we already believe in. It may be that Scotland is more left leaning than the rest of the UK. However we have the Scottish parliament in place and more powers are to be offered. People will say that those powers are only being offered as an appeasement. But it has been on the table for a long time. And frankly, given the pre referendum polls and the close nature of the vote, if additional powers were not offered it would be turned round on the Westminster government and portrayed as them not caring about Scottish voices. So again- why not remain part of the Union, while taking the chance to make more decisions in Scotland. We are constantly told that there is a disconnect between Scotland and Westminster. I can assure you, for those who live in remote areas there is just as much of a disconnect with Holyrood so that argument holds no water with me.
And finally - the hearts and minds argument. Because of course that is a large part of it. I love being Scottish. I also love being British. That is just as much part of my identity - and I don’t want to give that up. I don’t feel less Scottish for being part of the UK. I’m damn sure I would feel less British if I was no longer part of the UK.
'Subject to another govt'
bitch we fucking joined in a voluntary union and we have proportionally more MPs in westminster than our population dictates AND we have MSP in Holyrood.
How much more fucking representation do you want?