posted on Mar, 3 2007 @ 09:08 AM
Originally posted by Ste2652
Originally posted by Murphs
Why do you not want to be like Ireland?
Because Scotland is far from guaranteed to turn out like Ireland. It could go great, but at the same time it could go totally wrong and you can't
compare the in 2007 to the situation when Ireland became independent.
You've got to remember that Ireland received its independence in 1922 - that's a long time ago, the world was a very different place and things have
changed a lot since then. I would suggest that people who say "Well, Ireland did it so Scotland can too" are misleading both themselves and the
people of Scotland.
I don't think the situation is any different. Ireland got its independence in '22 but didn't have a government or constituation until 1937. Its
military was still British at that time.
It struggled under a very poor Catholic Church led government until the late 1960's. Then the government was morally and financially corrupt. In the
1970's Ireland (Republic) was designated a 3rd world country. I know that term is politically incorrect by todays standards but I am quoting
It was only when they joined the EEC preceeder to the EU that things began to change.
The joining of the EEC and the removal of the Catholic Church from politics was the beginning of change for Ireland.
In 30 years it has gone from a developing country to one of the richest countrys in Europe.
Yes they have a private healthcare system but even their public healthcare system is better provided for than the NHS.
Scotland is on a far better footing than Ireland ever were. They have an established Parliament. Strong trade and industry links and strong tourism
The Scottish nationalists are prepared to embrace the EU and in todays global economy that is the most sensible decision.
A country cannot stand alone anymore but being a member of the EU is preferable to being part of stand alone country at risk of collapse in future