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!
As an English person who has moved to Scotland I was worried that independence meant that my husband and I would no longer be welcome because I believed all the rubbish that is spouted in the media. But I now realise that this is complete nonsense. I see Westminster eroding everything that was good about the UK such as privatising the NHS and looking after those who were more vulnerable in society like the sick and disabled. Scotland cares about it's citizens but cannot do anything to mitigate the decisions made in Westminster, such as the ridiculous bedroom subsidy, because welfare is not a devolved issue. I no longer believe that Westminster would give Holyrood more powers - I believe it would claw them back, along with the Barnett Formula. Why do Westminster want us to remain with them? Why are Tories funding the NO campaign with such gusto yet using a Labour front man to push their union message - which, let's be honest, is pretty negative and focuses on scare stories. And I want to know that when we vote in Scotland our vote counts whether it is for Labour, the Green Party, SNP, etc, and that we get the government we want. Not a government that is foisted on us consistently in Westminster and does not reflect the views of Scotland.
I am not stupid - there would be many teething problems but at least we could sort out our own messes instead of constantly inheriting Westminster debacles which do not work for Scotland. YES!
Decisions that affect the lives of Scots should be made by those who live and work in Scotland. To be clear, the policies that affect our lives should be made by a government democratically elected IN Scotland by the people of Scotland. Only those in Scotland will put the priorities of Scotland first. We should not be sending our finances down south and waiting to get a portion of them back while the rest is spent "on our behalf" on things Scotland does not want, need or even benefit from. We are more than capable of looking after our own affairs and having a 100% say in all areas rather than 4% (which includes the HoL) which we currently have.
Scotland has never been asked in a democratic fashion whether it wants to be in a Union with England and its provinces. Scotland is one of the Oldest Nations on earth and had its Nationality stolen from it by Traitors in 1707. Scotland is Rich in every way, SAOR ALBA
Independence offers us improved democracy, in domestic issues and internationally. No more unelected House of Lords, no more UK governments we don't elect, the proportional representation system we already use for Holyrood and twice as many MEPs as we currently have.
And we can afford it. We already contribute 99% of the average UK tax revenue per head - more than every other part of the UK apart from London/SE England - UK Treasury figures. That's without the oil revenues. Add them on and we're at 118% with the latest oil figures. That's called extra.
Even if we were to be worse off, which we won't be, is having far more of a say in how the country is run not worth it? Is deciding that we don't want submarines which EACH carry nuclear weapons that are 320 TIMES as powerful as that dropped over Hiroshima just down the road from Glasgow such a terrible thing? Is deciding that we'd rather spend our money on education and looking after our vulnerable too much to ask?
It's got nothing to do with anti-English sentiment, and everything to do with taking some responsibility for ourselves. I've got English, Irish and Scottish blood in me - doesn't affect my decision in the least, because I know that that doesn't matter one little bit. And of the many English friends I have living in Edinburgh, almost all of them support independence too. Imagine!
I see comments on the other side there talking about us ending up like Greece or worse, quoting figures they've just plucked out of their behinds. Do yourselves a favour and read some FACTS - not what the self-serving Westminster politicians and the vested-interest newspapers tell you. Use that thing on top of your shoulders. Just once even.
Only a fool would not want to have power over their own destiny . To leave this to a future succession of right wing administrations at Westminster when we in Scotland are mostly " left of centre " would be utter folly . Our aims are poles apart from the majority of Englishmen .
It's time for our Scottish Parliament to regain its full powers once again. Decisions made in Scotland for & by the people who care most about Scotland. We are a nation with a wealth of resources & child poverty should play no part in our society. Fairness, democracy & prosperity for Scotland, none of which are currently offered by Westminster, is what my yes vote is for.
To give us a chance to prosper in our own right without the money pit that is the south east of emgland. To allow the 5 million odd scots to have a real say in the laws and policies that run the country. To rid ourselves of the pompous, greedy english MP's who have squandered the oil riches of our nation.
The union has failed Scotland, time for the battered wife to leave her husband. Nelson Mandela spent his life and 27 years in Jail to gain normal democracy and freedom for his country and its people... Thankfully all we have to do next year is pop down to the Polling station and vote YES !!!
A vote for no means allowing Tory rule for another 7 years and Eton educated MPs control of Scotland's future. Scotland doesn't get what it wants when it comes to politics. A Tory government for another 7 years will most certainly see our NHS privatised and the gap between the rich and the poor widen.
Anyone voting no needs to accept the consequences of Etonian rule over Scotland.
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.