posted on Mar, 23 2013 @ 03:58 AM
I've read every post in the thread, and I'm a little disappointed (but not surprised) at the tone of many of them.
It's not about mud slinging. It's not about "we're better - you're worse". It's not about slagging off individual politicians. It's not about
romantic historical notions of what things were once like. It's not about how the union came about in the first place. It's not about what state
we'd all be in had the union not taken place. It's not about who wanted the union to happen.
It's about a referendum.
A chance for the people of Scotland to decide for themselves, whether it is in their own best interests to remain as part of the union of the United
Kingdom, or whether it would be better for them to become a separate, independent nation.
There are conflicting opinions, as there are conflicting facts and figures which can be used to back up those opinions.
The main reason that the figures don't match up is that the UK government stats and Barnett formula do not include North Sea Oil revenues and taxes
raised on sales of Scotch Whisky as part of the Scottish figures, and the Nationalist sourced stats do.
For the man in the street to make an informed decision, he's going to have to do a lot of digging to sort out what he/she believes are the real
figures. But more than that, they are going to have to take a leap in the dark. Because NO ONE knows what it would really be like for Scotland to be
totally independent. There are far too many variables for anyone to accurately predict exactly what it would be like.
I try to look at the facts and figures, and try to sort out the wheat from the chaff, but it does get confusing when so many contradictions appear, so
I try to simplify the whole thing.
I think to myself, Why would independence work? and Why would it fail? for the people of Scotland.
Scotland has a population of over 5 million people (quite sparsely populated for a country that is about twice the size of the Netherlands).
It has plentiful supplies of many natural resources.
It has excellent, fertile, diverse and productive lands, with strong agriculture and (potentially) bountiful fisheries.
It has an excellent and abundant supply of clean, fresh water.
It has a very strong energy sector, including oil, gas, hydro, wind and wave power. Not to mention being a world leader in research and technology in
those areas and more.
It has a rich heritage and culture, with a strong sense of national identity.
It has a world class export in the shape of Scotch Whisky. (Please note - No "e" in Scotch Whisky!)
It has a very strong tourism sector, and is considered by many to be one of the most scenic and picturesque countries in the world.
It has a talented, hardy, tenacious and adaptable population.
I believe that list compares very well to many other successfully independent nations, and I believe that the details would inevitably be sorted out