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  • The grass isn't always greener but go ahead....

    You Scotts take all England's money and dish it out in benefits... Maybe England would be better off with out you! I wonder if once they become independent, if after a few years they'll realize that snuggling in the bosom of England wasn't so bad after all. Although independence is fun and life changing its always easier to live at home with mum who does all the washing and cooking. Scotland will be as broke as Spain (and England) if they venture out on their own. Good luck and good riddance.

  • Yes - from an Englishman.

    Yes to independence, that is if the Scots want it and their decision is well informed and not just weighted towards Salmond's propaganda. Then I say good riddance to them. Bye bye Scotland.. Maybe then we English can have free university, free prescriptions, and all the other perks that the "evil and oppressive" Westminster chose to give you.

    I would absolutely love to see Scotland go it alone, so long as they take their impressive share of the national debt with them and give up everything that comes with being British (currency, bail outs, public services, military technology, etc)... which lets face it, I bet they won't.

    If Scotland went independent then fingers crossed we wouldn't have to hear how evil the English are all the time from whiny and scarily right-winged Braveheart fans. And the irony? That it's socially acceptable to publicly express hatred of the English, to be sanctimonious and wave the Saltire, but should anyone dare complain about the Scots, or even be proud of Great Britain's achievements, then they're labeled the xenophobe! If England's so bad, why do so many Scots live down there?

    And I must just say that yes we know there isn't currently a Scotsman leading the union, thankfully, because the last one that did shafted all of us so hard that we'll be trying to recover from it for some time yet.

    Be very careful what you wish for, Scotland. If you do go independent, there are many who think it should be a one way deal, no coming back. No more money. It'll be a sad day if the union is broken up, but at the end of the day, some people just cannot see sense no matter how hard you try to convince them - they're just too blinded by the moral substance of Mel Gibson and his wholly inaccurate depiction of 13th century British history.

  • If the English people really knew

    If the English peoples really knew about what goes on in Scotland they would not be so quick to condemn Scottish Independence. There are of course many reasons that they want Scots to stay in the Union, however, there is a lack of what is actually good for Scots.
    In 1979 Scotland held a referendum on Independence, and by democratic standards they won it.
    However, a late change in the voting system by a labour Westminster MP. All who did not vote were taken as a NO vote, and yes this included the recent dead!
    Scots were Royally cheated, what would the English have said if it had been them?
    Scots have been constantly been considered as benefit junkies and the like, and are heavily subsidised by Westminster.
    Figure now prove, it is certainly NOT the case, Scots pay more than their share of tax revenues and actually get less back.
    We should be a rich country, we are not, we have ever more poor roads, and generally poor infrastructure.
    In an Independent country this will be a priority to be addressed, it is not going to happen within the Union, who are content in keeping Scots down.
    Taxes from our shoreline go to Westminster unlike other parts of the UK.
    We also have many area's that would shine more with Independence, more exports, more agriculture, more renewable energy, more fishing industry. It goes on.
    We would no longer have our soldiers die in illegal wars.
    We no longer would have Trident within 30 miles of our major population and city of Glasgow. Note Westminster does not want Trident down there, but as usual it is ok if Scots are at risk.
    So, no, Scots are not too wee, not too weak, nor too stupid. Independence will lead to a Scotland the rUK can learn from.
    There is no doubt that we also seek to be close friends with our neighbours, any bad feeling in Scotland is directed at Westminster politicians not the peoples of England, Wales or N. Ireland.
    However, the right to form our own future is undeniable, and it is something the doubters should think of. It is called democracy, something that is becoming more desirable to everyone in the Uk, if not Westminster.

  • Scotland can be a fairer,more prosperous nation.

    Scotland more than pays her way in the UK. We get 9.3% of UK spending, but contribute 9.6% of UK
    taxes. We are in a stronger financial position than the rest of the UK, to the tune of £510 per person last
    year - that’s over £1000 for each Scottish household. As an independent country, this money would
    stay in Scotland.
    4. Scotland already pays for all the government services we need as an independent country - we don’t
    have to start from scratch. However, the money will be spent in Scotland, rather than London, creating
    thousands of Scottish jobs.

  • Yes

    We are fed up with England thinking they are best. England is nothing without Scotland. England is just scared they are running out of money and don't think Scotland will help them! Freedom will be ours one day and that will be the greatest day in history! Come on Scotland, make the right choice and vote yes to independence!

  • Democracy and responsibility

    There are ten times as many folk in England. They often vote in a way we do not support. We end up getting what they chose by virtue of nothing more than mathematics. This democratic deficit leads to Scotland being regionalized as a people and an economy, to a devaluing of ourselves, and social inequality at the 4th worst in Europe. This is corrosive to our identity and culture. Scotland needs true democracy and the responsibility that comes with it, and that's just not possible in the U.K.

  • Scotland can be an independent nation, unification of their people will help them rise from poverty.

    Scotland is an idea, like America is. Having a political center will be unpopular, as much as the last time when the Lords had to sneak into the hall to sign documents in the middle of the night to become part of London and company. However small local governments are more accountable to their people and more inclined to do what they say.

    Posted by: groovybox
  • Yes, it would have many benefits.

    I love Scotland and I hate being referred to as 'British.' I understand that obviously I am, but when good things happens Its all praise to Britain, whereas when something bad happens its Scotland's fault, for example Andy Murray. We will get bankrupt, I mean let's be real here! There will be no relying on other countries, no tuition fees, no pensions, no post offices, etc. Oil will last to max of 30 years, independent is for life, not till hyper inflation starts and nobody can afford anything! I'm 15 years old but I know a lot about what's going on.

  • Scotland should become an independent nation so that they can thrive economically.

    Scotland deserves a chance to be free from Great Britain as so many other nearby lands are. Scotland will likely flourish economically if it is allowed to govern itself.

    Posted by: JeffP4ri5
  • If Scotland wants to be an independent nation, there is no reason to stop them.

    While they have been a part of the United Kingdom for a long time, Scotland should not be stopped from becoming an independent nation. This decision does not take into account how well they would survive as an independent nation, only that they should be allowed to do so. There really is no reason to stop any state of any country from becoming its own nation unless by so doing the whole of the remainder of the nation would be destroyed.

    Posted by: MariaR
  • No as uk is best

    No because the trade teal between uk is so more important then the EU deal. Jobs are at stake as these need to happen in uk, Scotland deals! Otherwise other countries would take these away which is not far and against equality guidelines from the uk policy and European community aggreement

  • No as uk is best

    No because the trade teal between uk is so more important then the EU deal. Jobs are at stake as these need to happen in uk, Scotland deals! Otherwise other countries would take these away which is not far and against equality guidelines from the uk policy and European community aggreement

  • No as uk is best

    No because the trade teal between uk is so more important then the EU deal. Jobs are at stake as these need to happen in uk, Scotland deals! Otherwise other countries would take these away which is not far and against equality guidelines from the uk policy and European community aggreement

  • Scotland can not afford Independence

    Scotland GDP is 161 Billion Pounds. Ireland's GDP is 222 Billion Pounds, so Scotland would be poorer than Ireland if it went Independent. How would Scotland pay the 17.5 Billion Pounds in benefits it now receives from England? The new Scotland Property Tax has lowered property prices in Scotland by 20%. Independence would cause property prices to fall by a further 50% in Scotland.

  • Scotland says No!

    Should it ever become the policy of the nation of the United Kingdom that its member states, such as Scotland, should become independent if they are so willing, it would herald the end of an era, and the beginning of a sad long march towards the destruction of Europe itself. Scotland is British. Scotland will remain British. Never can the United Kingdom ever allow for the likes Alex Salmond to come to power over Scotland, that poor nation should be plunged into years of darkness. The only reason that Scotland remains stable and secure in these times of economic turmoil is because of there ties to Britain. An independent Scotland would be a debt ridden failed experiment on par with France or even the failed Soviet Union. Scotland is British, now and forever.

  • You can't base a country's economy on a finite resource.

    Oil prices (this is what Fatty Salmond and his sl*t Nicola have told us will be our source of income) have gone down from about $90 a barrel to $45 a barrel over the past year.
    Also, where would we get the money for defence, border control, a new currency (because Osborne quite clearly stated that Scotland wouldn't get the pound, and I bl**dy well don't want the euro) or embassies...

  • Crumbling Scotland would fall on its knees

    They would surely not have enough money to support their plans of action and the oil they so desperately rely on is certainly running out. High tech scientific research proves that whatever Alex Salmond says, the supply of oil is certainly going to be used up soon. This will bankrupt Scotland

  • I say no

    In my opinion I believe Scotland should not become an independent nation. First off, Scotland's economy. Scotland becoming an independent nation would hurt both the UK's and Scotland's economy. Great Britain would lose acess to oil in the North Sea and Scotland would lose so many jobs and companies that were in England. Only both countries would suffer from this all for Scottish people to say they have their own country in which they already kind of do, being an equal nation in a union.

  • No independence for scotland!

    I think that its best for Scotland to stay linked with UK as there may certain consequences after the independence that Scotland may not be able to handle. These consequences could include the formation of bad relationships with many countries, the UK not having enough power at the oil reserve, Scotland's currency and economy and the terrorist attacks which Scotland will not be able to manage because of the new and small army.

  • It's BETTER TOGETHER!!

    No, I dont think that Scotland should be an independent country because even if it has a few financial and government benefits, it also has a lot of cons. Scotland will need resources from different countries, pay back the debt, families will suffer and a lot a lot more other things.


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Venator says2013-04-25T01:08:36.663
Looking forward to filling in forms where I can put Scotland instead of United Kingdom
Anonymous says2013-04-26T10:02:38.800
Happy to have Trident back, thanks. Re-target on Edinburgh, Glasgow etc. Do you really think the "British" are any better or different to the Yugoslavs? Looking forward to a violent, bloody and vicious war. Than a closed border, forcible repatriation of ethnic Scots, cessation of trade and commerce. And veto Scotlands attempt to get back into the EU.
Anonymous says2013-04-29T21:46:31.627
Reading the sadly typical and woefully uninformed comments from those who don’t even have a vote in the forthcoming referendum, what strikes me is just how uninformed the writers of these comments are. It would be comical if it were not so disturbing. As a typical comment headlined “Yes from an Englishman” who remains anonymous he states “Then I say good riddance to them. Bye bye Scotland. Maybe then we English can have free university, free prescriptions and all the other perks that the “evil and oppressive” Westminster chose to give you.” Says it all really I wonder what planet the author has been living on these last few years? No wonder that wee are desperate to get as far away from these buffoons as soon as possible.
Anonymous says2013-04-30T14:56:59.350
You know, "England will probably annihilate you with nuclear weapons when they get their period..." tends to lend credance to the notion that we arent actually better together mate.
Anonymous says2013-04-30T14:59:23.580
Anonymous says, "Happy to have Trident back." Then goes on say Re-target Edinburgh, Glasgow etc. Just shows the level of English education when an idiot can write such nonsense, and no doubt believe it. Radiation doesn't respect borders. Remember Chernobyl?.
Anonymous says2013-04-30T17:13:48.663
The ignorance shown by the NO contributors is quite staggering. I am not surprised however, as any time I have travelled to England a mist of Brigadoon proportions descends behind me at the border. Hotels in my experience offer newspapers to various nationalities, but as a Scot I am given a choice of English papers, as "they are the same" I am told. Television? London centric and living in a land of past "glories". This explains the ignorance, but the arrogance and aggression on display by some is another matter. Thankfully they don't represent the majority of English people who are decent and fair minded people. As for the anti-Salmond bile pouring out of some of the Scots, they should reflect on the fact that the SNP and Salmond have consistently high approval ratings despite a Unionist media hell bent on demonising them at every turn. This says a lot for the common sense of most Scots who look around and see, for the very first time, a government looking after ALL their interests. Independence, with all of Scotland's resources to hand, will take this process to an even higher level. Vote YES. The alternative is Osborne, Cameron, Clegg, Milliband and the rest of Thatcher's future acolytes.
Anonymous says2013-04-30T17:24:07.480
"Happy to have Trident back, thanks. Re-target on Edinburgh, Glasgow etc. Do you really think the "British" are any better or different to the Yugoslavs? Looking forward to a violent, bloody and vicious war. Than a closed border, forcible repatriation of ethnic Scots, cessation of trade and commerce. And veto Scotlands attempt to get back into the EU."

All the more reason to build up our armed forces and be rid of a nation of half wits like you.
Anonymous says2013-04-30T21:55:29.177
So far it's looking good for the Yes vote.
Anonymous says2013-05-11T00:03:29.770
Wooooo! Hooooooo! Puts all the other polls to shame
Andidry says2014-02-01T19:38:50.447
85% of informed people are voting YES, get informed, ignorance is a choice. After every fair debate, YES comes out on top by a huge margin. Anyone with access to the internet can inform themselves, do not trust the corrupt uk media, peddling lies and government propaganda.
k1ng says2014-02-06T18:09:25.250
People always make the assumption that because others have a different view that they are uninformed. That's so egotistical it's funny
LadyKiller.Kydd says2014-06-15T21:53:34.947
"England would go to war with Scotland if they go independent?" come ahead
StudentAnon says2014-09-07T12:34:51.407
If it is won by 90% it is always rigged.
Chareose says2014-09-10T19:33:42.523
I think the Scotts are naïve ...........We are talking about a DIVORCE. This magical Disney world that Salmon has described is completely fictitious....... Rightly or wrongly English people (despite being very fond of Scotland) generally feel that Scotland has received more than its fair share of funding from the United Kingdom.......If you go to places like Yorkshire you can see the difference..... So when divorce finally happens the dust will settle and then the back lash will start, just like in a divorce. People in the Uk will score political points from nit picking the relationship with Scotland "why are we paying for that ? And why are we paying for this?" Salmons idea is basically that the UK will protect Scotland militarily at the smallest of costs but I don't think the remainder of the UK will accept that..........

Like I said it will be a messy messy divorce and how can IT not impact both economies ...??? Ofcourse it will..........