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originally posted by: AmatuerSkyWatcher
What a thread...
Coming from an Englishman with a Scottish Grandfather, i'll just say this:
The union will be poorer for not having the Scots in it, should they decide to leave.
To the Scots I say this:
Have fun getting veto'd out of joining the EU by every member nation that has micro states or elements of it's own nation that seek independence. Remember, it only takes one of the nations with veto power to keep you out. One word: Spain.
Also have fun paying the benefits for Glasgow, all by your "wee" selves, on top of the inflated education budget, and free university fee's...
Have fun paying back the cost of infrastructure, that vastly outweighs the contribution Scots have made to the economy too.
originally posted by: ScepticScot
The Spanish foreign minister has already confirmed Spain would have no issue with Scotland joining the EU.
Free university places is something that England used to have and decided to abolish. We just decided that education was actually a good thing.
Scotland contributes to English infrastructure spending, not the other way round.
You are however right about the Union being poorer if we decide to leave.
Glasgow has consistently had a higher rate of adults claiming out-of-work benefits than other Scottish cities although that rate has declined from 29.2% in 2000 to 16.1% in 2016.
Similarly, the city has had a relatively highly rate of adults claiming incapacity benefits and ESA (Employment and Support Allowance), albeit that rate has also reduced significantly (from 17.7% in 2000 to 12.1% in 2016).
I see you've added to your post. It doesn't matter about the history of the problems
Just remember, it was Scotland that wanted to join the union in the first place, as it was economically bankrupt. You weren't forced to join, you actively requested it.
originally posted by: EvanB
We have indeed history spanning the ages..
We have fought each other many times, but then we came to fight by each others side.. More times!
Nicola Sturgeon, a one track pony and current First minister of Scotland is NOT a democrat.. All she wants is to break up our union even to the cost of her own constituency of which all public services are failing etc..
She does not care even for the fellow Scotts who voted her in power..
She wants independence yet but wants you to continue to be slaves of an unelected EU..
I as an Englishman love my Scottish brothers, and don't want them to be chewed up by a foreign Brussels who don't want them but will use them and your first minister will allow that just to get her name in the paper and place in history..
And she will
As a failure..
You are not separate from us, we are family..
I as a soldier myself have fought side by side with my Scottish brothers.. So has my dad.. And his dad.. And helped rescue the world from tyranny many times..
We will always be stronger together..
Do not let some self serving harlot who cannot even answer a simple question divide us
With love always
An English soldier and British xx