reply to post by LABTECH767
What a stirring and passionate post! Well done on stating your case.
I am a Scot, living in Scotland, and I can assure you that the discussions and debate that I've been hearing up here, have nothing whatsoever to do
with hating the sassenachs!
Neither is it aimed at ripping apart or taking for granted, the mutual support and comradeship in arms of the united nations of the UK.
It's more about political self-determination. Control of our own destiny.
For decades now, Scotlands politics have been drifting further and further away from those in the rest of the UK.
We don't feel that the UK government is representative of our own aims and ambitions.
We don't feel that our strengths as a nation are being recognised, nurtured and developed.
We do strongly feel that the UK economy and infrastructure is steadily, relentlessly moving in a direction that favours London and the south, at the
expense of Scotland and the north.
Take the high speed rail network as an example.
The UK government are planning on spending over £40 Billion (GB Pounds) on HS2, the new high speed rail network.
That's an equivalent cost of over £1000 for each Adult, living in the UK (Including Scotland).
It will link most of the largest cities in the UK, (mainly with London) improving travel times between those cities and in theory making it easier to
commute / travel to meetings / trade events etc. Brilliant!
Except that NONE of those cities are in Scotland. Not one.
The 2 largest cities in the UK which will not be linked-in, are GLASGOW and EDINBURGH in Scotland. Funny that.
The "official" HS2 website even talks about "...Building a connected Britain..." and "...bringing the whole country closer together..." The
That is of course just one small example, but it is representative of the UK governments' complete and total disregard for the needs, wants and
aspirations of the Scottish people, and that is what is regarded as the real problem up here. it's not about the English people. It's not a "them
and Us" thing, It is not a "chip-on-the-shoulder" type thing, or even a "braveheart" thing.
It's simply that we, as a nation are coming to the gradual realisation that the London based UK government no longer works for us, no matter how we
vote in UK elections. Did you know for example, that the outcome of each of the last eight UK parliamentary elections would have been exactly the
same, had no one in Scotland voted at all?
In other words it doesn't matter how we Scots vote in UK general elections, we are outnumbered to the point where we repeatedly get a government that
we didn't want.
Please note also that we are talking exclusively about the POLITICAL UNION.
We are not "leaving" Great Britain (we live here!!). We will always be "connected" as friends and neighbours no matter what happens in the
referendum. Our relationship with the rest of the UK could even blossom given the chance. A Strong independent Scotland could be a great friend, ally
and trading partner to the UK.
Left to follow our own path, to head in our own political and economic direction, and to determine our own future based on our own aspirations, there
would be less of a feeling of being neglected/ignored/over-ruled etc.
I think, in simple terms, that an Independent Scotland would look after it's own interests better than a London-centric UK government would. I am not
worried about the costs either, because Scotland is a country rich in natural talent and resources. Not just in oil and gas and Whisky, but tourism,
wind wave and hydro power, green initiatives, science, technology, architecture, agriculture, fishing, education, the arts - you name it!
We are FAR RICHER in many respects than very many other independent countries throughout the world and we are gradually becoming confident enough to
contemplate expressing the belief that maybe... just maybe it is time to prove it.