Final Thoughts on the Scottish Independence Referendum

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I hope everyone planning to Vote “Yes” on Thursday understands that this is not like voting in a General Election. In an election whether it is a General Election or an election for the Parish Council if we (collectively) vote the “wrong” party in we have to grit our teeth, grin and bear it until we get a chance to correct the mistake next time. On Thursday a “Yes” vote is permanent. When the Yes campaign’s Panglossian promises prove impossible to implement it will be too late to change your mind.

The divorce will be messy; It’s not going to be easy dividing up the CD collection. It will take a lot longer than the 18 months that the “Yes” campaign seems to think it will take. It is likely to get acrimonious, especially if, as seems possible though I’ll do as much as I can to make sure it doesn’t happen, UKIP have some leverage after the 2015 election.

You can’t come greetin’ back when you find that what the fancy man promised turns out to be a mixture of fantasy and lies. Oh and it seems that the rich uncle you hoped might pay for all this is thinking about keeping his money to himself. Yes Shetland may just take its oil and go its own way

An independent Scotland even without “the Oil” will probably work, lots of smaller and poorer countries than Scotland work, at least after a fashion. Aditya Chakrabortty in the Guardian says this;

The fundamental point, though, is this: neither picture captures the reality. Look at Scotland’s economic profile, and it’s clear that independence would be viable. But count up the building blocks that would form the basis of a new economy, and it looks sadly unlikely that an independent Scotland would be much of an alternative to the Old Corruption south of the border.

He concludes that economically Scotland will end up looking more like Ireland than anything else. Now Ireland works, but it is a long way from the promised fairer Scandinavian Social Democratic paradise.

We live in a democracy, and we have to accept the result even if it is 50% +1 vote.

Having said that we live in a democracy, roughly 10% of Scots living in the UK have been deliberately deprived of a say in the outcome of the referendum. Make no mistake how you vote on the 18th will have a profound effect on the lives of Scots who have chosen to live in, or in many cases had to move to, another part of their country. Giving us a vote on the outcome would help a lot of us accept the result, either way, more readily. But I don’t have a vote so all I can do is express my feelings on my blog and hope that it sways one or two of you.
Patrick McGhee says;

Scotland has waited 300 years for a chance to vote for its own independence. It’s a decision of historic proportions. The waiting feels interminable and unbearable.

But not all Scots will get a say. About 800,000 Scots live in England but will not be able to vote in the Scottish referendum. That’s about the same as the population of Glasgow and Aberdeen combined. That is to say, people born in Scotland but who have relocated to England for work, family or study reasons, either temporarily, permanently or indefinitely. People who are essentially as Scottish as those born north of the border and who currently live there.

People like me.

It is your vote, I can’t tell you how to cast it, but I am asking you to vote “No”, because I genuinely believe that both Scotland and the other parts of the United Kingdom will be better and stronger if we stay together. Here’s Gordon Brown putting the case much more eloquently than I can;

If you want to read the articles I quote from in full click on the links at the beginning of the quotes.

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