Scotland has it's own values, culture, way of thinking, were independent years ago... England stole the land like they did in the rest of the world(that is why Pakistanis now steal England). The Scots are smart people and have the infrastructure to run their own economy and not take instructions from BULLIES
It's a natural state of affairs for any country to look after itself.
London does not, cannot, has never had, will never have the interests at heart for this wee country somewhere north of "The North". 'Anglo'-whoever agreements are signed on behalf of the 'UK', songs are sung about England having won "one World Cup and two World Wars", and the 'B'BC can't even pronounce half the cities in Scotland (from even the likes of Greenock and Falkirk).
As someone once said, and I paraphrase, "a 'union' would be a great thing, but the English would never have it"... Sadly, they never have. England's a wonderful country, but I've never felt it to allow my country to be its equal. I'm Scottish, not British.
(British: the UK without an adjective to include northern Ireland, with a flag that doesn't include the Welsh, and with an anthem that has an anti-Scottish element to its history).
I think the Union was far more controlling of Scotland and its people. If Scotland gets it independence, it will be able to u use its resources on its own population. Independent Scotland wont pay for Overseas wars like Afghanistan and Iraq. I hope it won't align always with US foreign policy like UK always does.
The people and the politicians elected by the Scottish people will govern Scotland more successfully than the present UK government (17% of Scots voted Tory and returned one Tory MP yet Scotland is ruled by a minority party). This is not a democracy. Yes to political, social and economic justice.
I believe the people of Scotland should have the right to choose the government we feel would best represent the values and beliefs of it's citizens.We have the resources,the people,the skills and the desire to run our own affairs.I feel that Westminster has failed to meet the needs of Scotland.
Save billions on trident. House of Lords. Funding London with our vast oil gas renewables and exporting wealth. We pay more tax than we get back to Scotland . Whisky alone accounts for 25% of UK exports !!!!!!We have untapped oil off West Coast , more than Dubai. It's all been a big con. Scotland has been funding Westminster and now their in so much debt they are lying with propaganda to the people of the uk . Wake up bigots and Scotland haters
As an independent Scotland we could scrap trident, removing nuclear weaponry from our waters. Regulate the borders according to the amount of jobs available. Control our own welfare system. Get rid of the GCHQ and the Orwellian state we're stuck in and most importantly have a vote which actually makes a difference. Rather than voting X and ending up with Tory.
Scotland has the wealth and resources to run its own affair successfully, devolution has revealed that the Scottish government's approach and priorities have worked well with the limited powers devolved to them, the idea that their powers should be limited is farcical, and keeps a curb on our ability to develop our resources and grow industry thus strengthening our economy.
I have yet to hear anyone (outside of certain fetishists who enjoy being dominated) say, "You know, freedom is highly overrated." Not one of the countries which has gained its freedom in the last 150 years (Canada, Australia, and Norway just to name a few) has gone back to its parent country and said, "We made a mistake. Please rule us again!" The reason for this is that freedom is the natural way of things. Everyone wants it, deep down, even if they're afraid of it sometimes.
The Scottish people have been told for 300 years, but certainly more so in the last 50 years, that they're too wee, too poor, too stupid, and what do you want with freedom anyway because we take care of you and give you things and LOOK at the queen and her shiny crown! Aren't you PROUD?! That's all well and good, except it's all smoke and mirrors. The truth is, the UK as it stands now, is circling around the plughole, and this is being done PURPOSELY by a lot of very wealthy people so that they have an excuse to take away your safety net. The NHS, your pensions, your right to strike, etc, all disappearing before your eyes, because of the greed of a bunch of right-wing, WEALTHY gits that THE PEOPLE outnumber and yet whom have the power to do these things to us without fear of reprisal. OR SO THEY THINK.
My argument is that Scotland and its people have to do what's right for them and their families. Take back their country, take back their oil, build a better future, and show the rest of the UK what they can have...A country based on democracy and freedom, not wealthy fat-cats and living in fear of losing your home or your very life. Say no to the PEERAGE who care nothing for the likes of you and I, yet are happy to take $300 a day from your pockets. Say YES to Independence!
For as long as I can recall Scotland has voted against tory policies and yet each time they are re-elected it has been everywhere but Scotland that voted for them. The facts are evident in that only ONE tory mp is elected in Scotland . Independence would mean that we Scots get the Government we choose EVERY election. It is better for Scotland that we make our own decisions whether right or wrong . At least it will be our mistakes!
We would be poor and Alex Salmond would proclaim himself "dictator for life" Next thing you know hes wearing red boots and assembling the Salmond youth, turning to Germany for support and its animal farm all over again. And we will be all like ENGLAND TAKE US BACK I LOVE YOU IM SORRY!!!!! And you know what they will say? They will say you know this big vault of gold? You what its called... it called SUCK IT!
In all practicalities, Scotland would not earn nearly enough money to cover the welfare system in place or any of the public sector employment. The welfare system in Scotland costs £104 billion per annum, with 20 billion approximately being the cost of the NHS. Scotland has a GDP of between 1 and 10 billion per year -depending on which sources you examine - which includes oil royalties.
Without the trade and only 2 million tax payers to cover the costs it is an ill-conceived idea to consider independence. It is very likely that without the Royal Mint, Post Office, Pensions and EU membership that Scotland would survive 10 years without approaching the UK to rejoin.
On a post script note, it is worth noting that 80% of the employment in Scotland is in the Public Sector which means that some employed in the Public Sector now, would lose their jobs. All pay would be decreased with a massive surge in taxation.
For all you idealists out there the idea of independence would be a catastrophe for Scotland. Believe me when I say I'm Scottish, but I don't believe that we would benefit at all. Scotland has a reputation for blowing money. In the past, city councils in Aberdeen, Dundee and Glasgow have all blown money on horrible schemes where benefit living junkies lurk about. Even 300 years ago when we were independent, Scotland was in a dire state until we united with England and in the next 200 years we conquered a quarter of the world. Apart from Salmond and Sturgeon, Scotland has no other politicians that are actually smart enough for running a country by themselves. Please do not mention the magic word OIL because for all we know Scotland will probably lose links with oil companies if we separate. PLEASE VOTE NO because sooner or later we will crawl back to England and we will be united again.
I'm Scottish. Look at the facts.
Better off? Yeah right. The oil is already drying up, in 30 years time it won't be here. So in 30 years time, a big industry is lost. We can't go back. Independence is for life, not until finances aren't comfy enough for us. What other industries? Fishing, for instance, stocks already drying up and not a big market due to tight controls already, countries like Iceland with less constraints are cornering the market.
Reality is, even if we pay a lot towards the Government, the UK provides stability. In an economic crash we've got some more money than without the UK for sure. We are lucky already, a devolved Scottish government, separate banks, separate NHS.
The reality is, independence sounds good on the face of it. Freedom! Money! Quality of life! Some people need a wake up call. A big part of the economy (and the downturn of it too) is from the EU. For a big country (in terms of impact) such as a complete UK, the regulations and trading can be a mix of good or bad, depending on your opinion of course. For a small, unimportant country (and yes, on its own, at least at the start, Scotland WILL be unimportant) it is a lifeline. A lot more trading, more stability, tons more stuff. Whether the EU is good for a larger country with a better economy is arguable. For a small country to get money and trade in Europe, it's a necessity. To get INTO the EU requires a lot of things. A lot of things which, as soon as Scotland separates, we won't have.
Scotland isn't oppressed. It isn't downtrodden. It isn't the land of William Wallace, we aren't Highlanders clad in tartan preparing to fight for the right to speak Scots, play bagpipes and the right to freedom and our own land. That's hundreds of years ago. Scotland is a thriving, vibrant country with brilliant people, brilliant businesses and brilliant connections, we need the UK for that, especially economic hubs like London.
Scotland should always remain in the United Kingdom. If Scotland became independent there would be far too many problems. Firstly it would have to either take on the euro as currency, It would lose its power and those visiting England would have to use their passports to emigrate. Scotland must not leave the United Kingdom at all.
It should remain part of the United Kingdom. It has been part of Great Britain for many years now! If it did become independent many folks would start riots, fights, etc. Everyone would want to go back to the United Kingdom, and it can't just go back to normal! Scotland would struggle being an independent country. As a part of the United Kingdom we would have more power in the world. I strongly am against the fact that Scotland should become an independent country.
If Scotland became independent it would lose Royal Mail, the security services, the BBC and other British things. It's completely pointless. The only people who want an independent Scotland are rebellious teenagers and power-hungry politicians who want to have their own country. Scotland wouldn't last a year without the rest of the U.K.
After reading the yes responses it seems that those saying yes are being very patriotic and are not considering the economy. It goes back to the whole "Scottish" not "British"...Scotland being independent means more taxes and more idiots like Alex Salmond with more power, sitting sipping his Champagne to celebrate while we will have to work harder to pay for his mess and lifestyle.
Scotland should not be independent as it lacks planning. Other nations who have become independent have had well thought out plans and have had all the necessary paper work and documents filled out. Also tax will have to be raised to pay all the extra expenses. A lot of jobs will be lost when the nuclear plant is shut down. How long will Scotland be able to keep up all there promises before they go bankrupt. the oil is a finite resource so will no provide Scotland with the necessary funds. As they will be a small nation with no certain future they will have no bargaining power in the UN (not to mention they may not even be able to be part of the UN) and other countries will no be willing to invest in them because of there uncertain future . If they were to end up in the same position of the banking bailouts Scotland would have no security blanket to fall back upon. Scotland also does not have the plans nor the power/money to exploit there resources in such a way which would support the country adequately. These are only some of many arguments for Scotland to remain as part of the UK.
I believe that Scotland could become independent but it wouldn't work. Yes we have oil, which will run out one day, whisky and renewable energy, but to create renewable energy companies get money from the government, could the Scottish government do this? I don't think they could. I am a young Scottish girl and when I'm older I don't want to go through the hardships of trying to make up for lost money from a failed idea that seemed good on paper and many people went along with so they could get Scottish on their passport instead of British. The country has enough finance problems being part of Britain and these will become worse if we are independent because we will be left to fend for ourselves. Yes we would be able to be part of the EU but you have to go through a long process of being accepted and have to meet all of the requirements. So all in all there are more cons than pros.