posted on Jan, 22 2012 @ 11:44 AM
reply to post by michael1983l
To be perfectly honest I know not where I stand on this issue of the referendum. I'm yet to be persuaded by either the pro-unionist or the
pro-independence camp. I have more than two years to research and find out tho' - and I will do my level best to ensure that when I do cast my vote
it will an informed choice.
They were discussing the pre capita subsidy issue on R4 last week. The English analyst (his nationality does have some relevance given the subject
matter) stated that all things considered that what appears to be more dosh being spent in Scotland evens itself it out and that, in fact, payments
per capita is generally about equal to spending on English constituents.
We're all in deficit here. Isn't the UK currently experiencing unprecedented cut backs and tax rises for that very reason - with more to come?
However, the outright hostility contained in some of the posts (particularly on this thread) could easil sway me to vote for independence if the same,
or similar arguments continue to be used.
They 'keep negging us out man'....fear mongering. repeatedly telling us of all the potential negatives of splitting from the Union and with very
little forthcoming as to why it would be in Scotland's interest to remain with the Union.
There are positives and negatives for both side of the debate - as a life habit I tend to look for the positive side of negative (cos there always is
one). As you correctly point out a 'positive' for England should we elect for independence is that we would no longer cry 'it's not our fault-
it's theirs' when/if the proverbial hits the fan.
I am always suspicious when our politicians unite as they did when their so called ultra democratic petitions came up with the 100,000 names required
to discuss our (the UK's) relationship with Europe. A three line whip was in place - unheard of. That whip was against the democratic wishes of the
Now they've united against Scottish independence....why? Money - as always. Oil....uuurgh - is not the main generator of wealth for the Scottish
economy but it is significant. Just as the war in Iraq was about oil - not holding the assets as such - but for control of that asset.....for England
to lose control of the majority of UK oil resources puts it in a much more vulnerable position.
I took the liberty of posting a thread on this subject Truth, Lies, Oil and Scotland
which is a documentary made by BBC Scotland which will perhaps clear up precisely what the oil economy means to Scotland and what it has meant for the
UK over the past 40 years. This is the reason why I believe the UK parties have united in a chorus against Scottish independence. We can discount
all Scottish mp's opinions in Westminster due to their personal concern at the potential loss of their generous salaries and expense accounts.