9 Nov 2012

Independence - consider this

There's been a lot of talk, about Scotland's independence referendum in 2014, but none of it particularly well informed when it comes to the mainsteam media. Many of us campaigning for a YES vote would more accurately describe it as scaremongering, and prefer to get the facts from www.newsnetscotland.com and www.yesscotland.net.

But, in conversation with those who say they will vote no ('because it's too scary'; their words not mine), most become undecided when you ask what they would do if Scotland were already an idependent country being asked to join the Union.

Consider this from Blair Jenkins, Chief Executive of YES Scotland...

  • Your main parliament will move hundreds of miles away, and your MPs will be in a tiny minority.
  • You will get a government you didn’t vote for.
  • All of your oil and gas revenues will be handed over to the London treasury (read the McCrone report).
  • The biggest nuclear weapons arsenal in Western Europe will be built on the Clyde, 30 miles from your largest city.
  • You will be joining a country where the health and education services are rapidly being privatised. 
  • Now and then you will get dragged into an illegal foreign war.
  • An austerity budget will be imposed from London, cutting jobs and threatening the provision of vital public services. 
  • Weak regulation of the banking sector will bring your economy to the brink of disaster. 
  • And, on top of all that, the most vulnerable people in society, instead of getting protection and support, will be interrogated and humiliated in order to deprive them of the very meagre level of provision to which they are entitled.

           Surely it's a no brainer.   It has to be a resounding YES in 2014. If this convinces just one more person to vote yes, and in turn helps convince one more, we will win!


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