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Scottish Independence

Published on 9/15/2014
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I'm angry! Angry that I can't vote in 'The Referendum'. Like the tens of thousands of Scots nationals who live outside of Scotland, Scots who vociferously stand up against all-comers for their homeland and for Scots every day, I feel deprived in favour of any Petrov, Paulo or Ismael who happens to have residence in Scotland, oh and 16 year-olds! And some Scots seem to believe that political chicanery exists everywhere but in proposed new Scotland and that all will be sunshine and thistles under the Crankies! (sceptics nick-name for messrs. Salmond and Sturgeon). Have they not noted that socialist utopias are unsustainable, notoriously corrupt and inevitably end in bankruptcy.

Throughout my working life and career, whenever I arrived at a crossroads or a time for decision, I learned to apply a simple test. The test was a question and the question was, “Why take the risk?” This test question served me well. I neglected to apply just once in my life and suffered a financial melt down as a consequence.

I see independence in a similar light. With devolved government plus the union, Scots have the best of both worlds. So, why take the risk of independence? It will certainly create a high cost, high tax society and where is the value of sovereignty when its terms will be dictated by some foreign currency (be it sterling or euro) and by financial markets? Then there's the question of security in this increasingly dangerous world …....

As a Scottish teenager and young man I would most certainly have supported Scottish independence. Brave Heart romanticism would have ruled my judgement. This is why the nationalists pushed to have sixteen year-olds included in the vote. But, as an older, well-travelled and wiser man I would never support the break up of the United Kingdom. And this, conversely, is why the nationalists did not want non-resident Scots voting. And while arguments surrounding the economics of separation quite rightly abound they do not address the equally central issues of simple geography and the people themselves.

Physically there is little sense in separation because the land mass is one and a separate Scotland's continued existence will still be inextricably linked to the security of the British Isles as a whole. A friendly Scotland would require a defensive alliance with the UK so, in that case, what's the point of separation? And a future unfriendly Scotland would pose a security threat right on the UK's doorstep, an unacceptable risk to the rest of the UK which they'd rightly feel the need to address. A situation which could neither favour Scotland nor leave it 'free'.

Then there's the people themselves. Britons are now an intermixed race comprising families made up of relatives from all parts of the land. This rich mix and diversity is what makes Britain great and, yes, in the alliance Scots have traditionally figured prominently and punched above their weight. What a waste for Scots to lose this advantage and what a shame for happy families to see their beloved UK broken up; more-so when there exists the suspicion that, despite nationalist attempts to conceal it, a core of separatist supporters are parochial Scots with no antipathy with the UK as a whole and quite simply are (for no good reason) English haters.

Are the majority of good Scots and those with family, relatives, contact and business all over the UK about to let these smaller-minded compatriots destroy the fabulous partnership to which so many Scots have contributed so substantially, worked for and indeed died for? I deeply hope not. Separation would be a tragedy of epic scale for all of Britain – and the Scots would have become the wreckers. I believe that Scots are better than that.

Footnote 18Sep2014 :

The world take note, We've had our vote

And the 'No' camp clearly nicked it

Is this because, Scots took a pause

And asked themselves, 'Why risk it?


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