Scottish independence- where do you stand?
I work in (non Party) political circles in Scotland.
Both me and the Mrs will vote ‘yes’.
We don’t hate the English/UK. We’ve just seen a lot of examples of how democracy works best when practiced locally.
There are economic risks to a ‘yes’ vote. There are just as many significant economic risks from being ‘remote controlled’ from Westminster.
I have read extensively on both sides of the argument, and have made a decision.
We’re both educated ‘Weegies’ (snigger). Yesx2Posted 4 years agocu dubhSubscriber
Scottish living in Scotland voting yes
English wife almost certainly voting no.
As 2tyred says its not about hating the English its about doing what is right for this country. I would rather try to create a country that I can feel proud of and fail than just accept the status quo.Posted 4 years agoconvertSubscriber
Born in Scotland of 50% Scottish stock. Got married in Scotland, buried my father in Scotland and mother lives in Scotland. Plan to move back when this job is over. But part grew up in Wales, lived the majority of my adult life in England, ex member of the British armed forces and ‘sound’ English……would have seriously struggled to know which nation to represent had I been a little bit better at my chosen sport and had a shot at the Commonwealth games but would have been gutted not to be able to wear a GB suit.
So predictably, as someone who feels 100% British first and foremost, I’d vote no. Given some previous in Scotland I do feel a bit aggrieved that my views won’t be registered because of my postal address on the day.
My only other contribution is to comment on the ‘alienation’ from London and all it represents often expressed as a reason for independence. My experience in Scotland is based around the Highlands and Islands and curiously the exact same language is used from folk there about Edinburgh!Posted 4 years agomuddydwarfSubscriber
No, but it does seem that to some all ‘English’ are the same whether home county tories or North Eastern Labour men.Posted 4 years ago
Its a rather boring thing to hear constantly that i am responsible for all that befalls Scotland which is why i want her Independence – so that she can make her own mistakes and carry her own can without that clown Salmond blaming it all on the evildoers South of the border!mikewsmithSubscriber
British – Former English border lands dweller, now in Oz
Go for it good luck to them, if you really want it take it. Just take the share of debt and don’t come back.
If I was north of the border my vote would be no though, from what is being thrown around I can’t see it working well.Posted 4 years agobokononMember
Channel Islander, living in England, I would vote yes, would be more keen to move if there was a yes vote, and considering going up to help with campaigning for the yes campaign next year.
Personally, I’d prefer that everything North of Northampton was independent of the South East.Posted 4 years agomatther01Member
Had previously lived in Scotland for 25 years but English. My kids are Scottish, with the eldest 18 next year and she’ll vote when the time comes.
IMO I think Alex Salmond is on a mission to be crowned in Scottish folklore as the man that rid Scotland of English/UK rule after centuries of ‘suppression’.
It would be a real shame if Scotland were to leave…but when the oil runs out…will the whisky and tourism be enough to sustain free prescriptions for all and universities etc?
At least Scotland wouldn’t be in the EU (as I believe they would have to apply separately) and pay stupid amounts of money to subsidise foreign farmers and the like. 😆Posted 4 years agodeadlydarcyMember
I’d hazard that a vote in England would be heavily pro-union, unlike the “You all **** hate us” STW demographic thinks.
“You only want independence because you all hate us”: Boring
“Everything that ever went wrong for us is the fault of Westminster”: Boring
Both arguments in the same thread: “Boring Squared”Posted 4 years agogordimhorMember
The main reason I will vote for independence is for the chance to make something better. Two more reasons are to get a govt that reflects the views of people in Scotland and because I am fed up with hearing the same old drivel from Westminster politicians.Independence is only a step on the way.Posted 4 years ago
The whole of Britain should get to vote, if that was the case I would vote to setting them loose.
Think about the possible extremes there though:
– Scotland votes massively in favour of leaving, but the rest of the UK votes to keep them against their will.
– Scotland votes massively in favour of staying in The Union, but the rest of the UK decides to turf them out.
Neither of those outcomes sound very palatable.
(By the way ,”Britain” is just England and Wales. Shouldn’t the Northern Irish and… erm.. the Scots get a say? 😉 )Posted 4 years agodmortsSubscriber
English, living in Scotland. I will be eligible to vote, which if placed today would be no. Other half is Scottish and has said no. Her parents will probably be no too….
But it’s early days and it is a big decision for the country I want to live my life in. My actual vote could be Yes, I want to see how the debate develops. It has only just startedPosted 4 years ago
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