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No contest

I’ve just read David Cameron’s passionate defence of the Union in today’s Sunday Herald., all 130 words of it.

A year until the vote, but the question is very simple. Will Scotland continue to be dependent on a Westminster government, run by a gang of old Etonian prefects or, God forbid, the limp-wristed Ed Miliband, or will we stand on our own two feet and build a society based on fairness and equality for all?

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  1. Diana
    September 15, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Talk about a rock and a hard place! Who would really want either? However, until the economic questions can properly sorted out, I cannot see independence working. There are the problems of defence, immigration and borders not to mention the fiscal balance. All need to be addressed before the much hoped for independence can be realised

  2. September 16, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Indeed? The economic questions? I can see only one left, and okay, England might have trouble surviving without us, but I’m sure she’ll muddle through. Defence? Westminster can move its nukes to Southend or somewhere similar over a period. As for the conventional armed forces, I think the Scottish regiments have shown over the centuries that we can hold our end up there. Immigration? Properly regulated, it’s a positive. Borders? There are control points at all Scottish international airports and ports already. Our short land border won’t be a problem. In or out of the EU I anticipate that Scotland would sign the Shengen agreement.

    A propos de rien, I reckon that if I lined up all the English ex-pats in L’Escala and asked them whether Catalunya should gain its independence, there would be a healthy ‘Yes’ majority. If I asked the same question about Scotland, there would be a resounding ‘No’.

  3. Diana
    September 16, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    You are dodging the issue. I agree that the border controls are already in position, and agree totally with your comments about the Scottish regiments. However how many Scottish naval or air force equivalents are there – and who pays for them all? There is also the question of a Scottish treasury which would need to underwrite the future economy – difficult, though I’m sure not impossible’ without proven borrowing commitments and guaranteed tax income.

    You may, or may not believe this, but I am totally in favour of Scottish independence. I used to live in Scotland (as three of my children still do) and when I was involved in politics in Glasgow I campaigned for this. My worry is that without doing the sums properly, no guarantee of provision can be made and if the people feel they are being asked to vote merely on patriotic and emotional lines, then the whole thing will blow up in our faces and may never be heard of seriously again.

  4. September 16, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    I am dodging nothing; you are failing to understand the issues.

    There seems to be a perception that when Scotland withdraws entirely from Westminster all of the assets of the present State will remain with England. A Yes vote will be followed by a negotiated separation and inevitably its terms will include the transfer of an agreed proportion of those assets to the new Scottish Government. These must include elements of military hardware, and yes, a chunk of the UK Treasury. We will not start with nothing; when we leave we will take what is rightfully ours.

    Cynics might wonder whether the recent rundown of air defence installations in Scotland was done with one eye to 2014.

  5. Diana
    September 16, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    You are still asking people to vote on an unknown agenda.

    However, the sun is shining to well to argue, fun though it is.

  6. Pat wright
    September 17, 2013 at 4:00 am

    As a frequent visitor to and one who loves Scotland like a second home, this American will stand with you,Q, even tho’ it ‘s none of my business. I do have a predilection for taking sides!

  7. September 17, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Never been to Arizona, Pat. I must correct that omission.

  8. Diana
    September 17, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    You should. It is magnificent. If you go nowhere else in the US, go there. We spent six very happy years working in a small town 35 miles north of the Mexican border and would go back in a minute. We have been home in Spain now for seven years and still feel homesick for the desert, the coyotes and rattlers. At least we still keep up with many friends there, so keep an eye on the place. You can now, maybe, understand why the sun is so important to me! I virtually hibernate come November.

  9. Pat wright
    September 17, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Always welcome,Q and was it Patagonia, benson or Douglas, Diana?

  10. Diana
    September 18, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Green Valley, south of Tucson. Truly beautiful.

  11. Diana
    September 18, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Pressed the wrong button(!) Where are you?

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