I always thought of writing a long and elaborate explanation why a Scot (and anyone who lives in Scotland and is eligible) should vote YES. In the end it’s a fairly simple matter. Vote YES because you are Scottish. Other nations – large and small alike – can govern themselves, so can you.
In case you need more reasons, read on.
First thing you should ask yourself when considering the two sides ask yourself, why does the ‘Better Together’ side wants Scotland to stay part of UK, do they have your best interest at heart, or their own? Considering the past 5 years, can you say that Scotland has really been ‘better together’?
Second, Scotland will have to aplly for EU and Spain will block it. This is a position that so many Tories would love to be in, that I am seriously at a loss as to why they don’t support the YES campaign. But honestly, why would you even care if Scotland is in the EU? Countries like Norway or Switzerland are not and are doing just fine. Countries from the former eastern block did enjoy a lot of development money pouring in from the EU, but Scotland has not had that, so there is nothing to lose. There were other benefits, but those hardly apply to Scotland. On top of that, there is enough benefits to not being in the EU to render this topic absolutely pointless, but what is more important it should be a European Union’s role to welcome independent Scotland back and prevent Spain from blocking the accession. Oh, and by the way, you do remember the first point? Spain has a lot to gain by insisting on and vocalising their intent on making it hard for Scotland to join, they have a strong separatist movements in their country, so they have to put on a show. Will they ever do what they say does not matter much. European Union should be afraid of the fact that when Scotland becomes independent, is successful and is not part of the EU, other countries might want to leave.
Third, with the exception of very few countries, everyone else had to fight and die for the privilege of independence and if you look through out history, every nation had to fight for their independence, all that is asked for you is to go and formally state your will.
Fourth, Poland (country I’m from) in the late 18th century had an equivalent of the ‘better together’ team, although for them together meant ‘with Russia, Prussia and Austria’. Over the course of 23 years Poland was no more, our lands appropriated by the aformentioned countries. Nowadays we call the people who started it all as they should be called – traitors. It’s cowardly for a Scot to vote NO.
Fifth, ‘Better Together’ campaigners are happy to look past 2040, SNP is not. Believe me, no politician of today who supports ‘Better Together’ will be around in politics after 2040, so they don’t care. They can promise you 5 kg (~10lb) of gold or an elephant in 2050 if you vote NO and it won’t matter to them, they will be enjoing their retirement at your cost (literally).
Sixth, when oil runs out Scotland is ‘f£%£$ed’ – is it, do you really believe this or has someon told you that? There is a lot of small countries that have no oil in Europe and they are doing just fine, actually most of them are doing great. Need examples? Slovenia, Czech Republic, Austria, Estonia, Finland, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland. Scotland has plenty of natural resources to tap on when independent. What is more, future wars will not be fought over oil, but water. And Scotland has plenty of it; renewable technology potential – loads; Academic acumen – plenty; tourist potential – (subjective) more than the South.
Seven, SNP wants to open doors to more immigrants – that’s bad. No, that is actually good. As long as the health and benefit system is not prone to abuse, more skilled people create more opportunities, and thus economic growth which benefits themselves and the less skilled people. More growth leads to more employment and training opportunities moving people out of the low paid jobs to the ones with higher salaries. And if you are on benefits and proud of it (I’ve met such people, so there is no point pretending they don’t exist, although it’s doubtful they will ever read this) you should be open to an influx of more people willing to work, otherwise there won’t be enough taxes to pay for your benefit and you might end up with none.
Eight, Westminster politics is antagonistic; it’s a farce to watch them shouting at each other. But, dubious amusement aside, it’s a government people in Scotland did not vote for and yet ended up with, this is not democracy. I would even go as far as saying that the government in Westminster has no mandate in Scotland and as such it’s decisions are “unlawful” (they are lawful, but you do get what I mean, right?).
In the end I can only hope that everyone who has Scotland’s best interest at heart will go and vote YES in the referendum in 2014 as it is better to try and fail than not to try at all.
I’m Polish, I lived in Scotland for over 8 years now, which is about a third of my life (or almost a half of it if you discount all my international travels). I support the right of every nation to be independent (as long as it’s not an ethnic minority that settled on a land in a tight-knit community, refused to integrate with their hosts and claims the land is theirs). I favour open, free market based economy (no not the pseudo-capitalistic version that developed over the last 30-50 years). I don’t believe politicians they are like drug addicts – will say and do anything to make sure they get another fix.
And I will vote YES in 2014.