reply to post by NorthernThird
See, I know this is going ever so slightly off topic now, but I don't believe that there will be a 3rd question. It is obvious to the "No" campaign
and Westminster that the question of devo max, of which there appears to be little appetite in the public, is just a cop out for the SNP as they know
they can't win the Yes vote. From rumblings in Westminster, it seems that the Scottish Parliament doesn't have the constitutional power to even run
the referendum or dictate the questions.
It seems only fair that if the SNP truly believe their position is the right one, they would wholeheartedly back a simple yes-no vote as soon as
possible, not fudge a 3 way vote on a historic anniversary which is guaranteed to boost nationalist fervour. They do not, however and are fighting at
every turn to delay the vote. For a truly democratic and fair vote, it makes sense to keep it simple and do it on a "neutral" date.
As for their majority, the SNP have other policies which the Scottish people find attractive. It is foolish to assume that because they have a (slim)
majority in Parliament that it should mean that a majority of people back independence. Free prescriptions, University and other "carrots" can do
quite a bit to garner voters...
And should Scotland become independent, this will have little to no bearing on UK defence policy. Scotland, in terms of population and tax revenue, is
but a very small portion. By the time any vote is carried out and acted upon, the Carriers will be built, the Trident replacement is already under way
and these ships need to be built to replace the ageing Type 23's.
Scotland, however, would do well to find a source of revenue that would allow them to not only avoid massive tax hikes to cover current spending, but
to be able to provide for their own defence and foreign relations, which doesn't come cheap. North Sea oil revenues are falling all the time, but the
SNP continue to peddle the lie that everyone in Scotland will become rich overnight with independence.
Even using their own figures from the Scottish parliament, current tax revenues in Scotland with their "geographic share" of the Oil revenue
doesn't even touch the sides of their current spending. They would be running such a huge deficit that it would make our current austerity measures
look quite benign.
Of course, they will run the deficit for a few years to continue to make the Scots feel good, then smack you with a massive bill. Not only that, but
also you're not guaranteed automatic entry to the EU (so no free trade), you'd be tied to a foreign currency (with no control over interest rates -
like Greece) and it's bound to go horribly wrong. Of course, this doesn't matter to Salmond as he paints his face blue and shouts