Thinking about the Election


Hi. I have been quiet since the Scottish Referendum in 2014 but there is much in this year’s Holyrood Election that concerns me and about the way Scotland has been governed in the past five years. So, I am considering a return to this blog.

Haven’t finally made up my mind, but watch this space!

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Scotland will enjoy greater powers when we stay secure within the United Kingdom


Bwjh-NpIAAA6emV.jpg-largeThe nationalists will tell you it is all Westminster lies but ask yourself why, with a general election due next May, the mainstream parties would each commit to including the promise  of greater powers for the Scottish Parliament in their manifestos. The electorate will have the luxury of voting for one or the other and Scotland will gain, whatever the outcome of the election. They may even get, in the eyes of the SNP, the added bonus of a Tory-free government in Westminster.

The nationalists will then say that these commitments are not binding; the nasty Westminster politicians will renege on their manifesto promises. True to form Alex Salmond, Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP and all the other nationalists will attack anything and anyone or any ‘NO’ suggestion without any rational thought – we see it day and daily. They are wrong!

Do you really think that with such a close Referendum vote, that any politician will invite the wrath of Scotland, and Wales, and not deliver on devo-max? No chance. Politicians will be falling over themselves to develop a devolved solution that benefits and is fair to everyone.

Scotland will get those extra powers which, with the security and strength of continuing to be a significant part of the UK, will give us  so much more control of our small but powerful nation without the significant economic risks of independence.

 And we are likely to get them much more quickly from the new UK government in May 2015, whoever is in power.

You can bet on it!

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Better we vote NO now, than be told taxes must increase when the wheels fall off an Independent Scotland


scotland-uk-flags-370x229I see many comments to posts on social media that the referendum is not about the SNP, or Alex Salmond or Nicola Sturgeon.

That’s perfectly true but many voters are swayed by their promises of huge wealth, lower taxes, greater childcare, higher pensions, better welfare, free education; all to be achieved in a transparent and easy transition within 18 months.

The nationalists are quite happy to view this promised new world through rose-tinted glasses, without any  consideration for the real economics because there is no need to worry, the Scottish Government tell them everything will be OK; that the nasty Westminster politicians will give them everything the separatists want regardless of the costs and huge risks to the rest of the UK. I’m not sure the rUK population will let them.

 It is the SNP Government that is making all these wonderful promises without a shred of evidence. But who will be running iScotland when the wheels fall off? A new iScottish government will have taken over and will not feel responsible when they tell us that we cannot afford to run basic services never mind free childcare, increased public services and better pensions without increasing taxes.

“We didn’t make those promises, the SNP did!” I can hear them say.

It will be too late then; there will be no going back.

If the Referendum will have achieved anything it is that Westminster and the political parties will have the determination and will to work together to deliver a fair devolution model that passes greater powers to the nations of the UK, not just Scotland, that satisfies everyone, including the people of England.

None of that can happen unless Scotland votes NO on 18th September.

With thanks to Professor Adam Tomkins and Vote No Borders for providing five reasons not to vote Yes and five reasons to vote No that will confirm my view that the wheels will fall off an independent Scotland ==>

The Tomkins Ten Points

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Getting the government we vote for say @AlexSalmond @NicolaSturgeon : #indyref 


 and the nationalists are always telling us we won’t get the government we vote for unless we vote yes. People should not be taken in by this as it is patently absurd!

In an independent Scotland we will have free elections, just as we have in the UK.

It will be strange, if not impossible, that every single voter will vote for the same party in every constituency across the country.

A 100% return for one party is so unlikely in a free election that it is impossible.

If you accept this, then you must also accept that even in an iScotland we will not all get the government we vote for; unless, of course, you are Nicola Sturgeon or Alex Salmond.

Another lie or absurdity from the SNP and nationalists.

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A Must read for wavering and undecided Referendum voters #indyref


Duncan Stephen explains why he will be voting no thanks with this comprehensive & brilliant analysis. I recommend everyone should read the full article [link below], especially if you are wavering or still undecided.

Under the following headings, Duncan asserts: –

– We face challenges for humanity, not just for Scotland
– Scotland is better together
– The UK has more chance of being fairer
– Scottish politicians are not inherently better
– Scotland is not under-represented at Westminster
– The illegal war was pursued by Scots
– I am in favour of independence — for people
– The SNP wants all the power to itself
– Independence is the wrong sort of constitutional reform
– Devolution works
– Independence is an old-fashioned solution to a problem people are beginning to solve themselves
– Scotland is not a “Tory-free zone”
– Nor is Scotland a “Ukip-free zone”
– There are geographical differences within Scotland as well
– Geographical differences exist in democracies all over the world
– A yes vote would cause uncertainty about Scotland’s place in the world
– A yes vote would cause uncertainty about our currency
– If an independent Scotland did join the EU, it would probably have to use the euro
– The yes campaign’s plans for tuition fees would be illegal
– Scotland cannot be like Norway, and it might not want to be anyway
– We only have one shot at spending oil money
– Whose oil is it anyway? Orkney and Shetland’s independence movement
– Independence would hack away at the BBC
– An independent Scotland would open the door for Rupert Murdoch
– Abuse and intimidation are hallmarks of the independence movement, from the grassroots all the way to the very top
– Nationalism is an inherently intolerant ideology
– Free speech has already taken a blow in this campaign
– Scotland needs to get this decision right
– A better chance to build our future together
– This vote is about uncertainty versus stability
– This vote is about more centralised control versus devolution

– I firmly believe that the best way we can build a better future together is with the UK. That is why I will be voting no thanks.

Duncan Stephen – Why I will be voting No thanks

 

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Scotland and the EU


It will take years for an Independent Scotland to qualify for EU membership. Professor Adam Tomkins outlines the legal situation and quantifies some of the costs that will be incurred on its way to membership.

Scotland and the EU.

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‘Scottish Referendum: Countdown to a decision that will last for ever!’ [The Telegraph] #indyref


It needn’t be that way, of course. Voting to stay within the UK would, hopefully, be forever; but it does give the possibility in a generation or two for the question to be raised again.

Voting for independence on the other hand would be irrevocable!

There would then be no going back!

==> Read Danny Alexander’s article in The Telegraph today.

In the meantime, reflect on some of the trouble spots in the world today; Ukraine, Syria, Iraq – and then consider that in Scotland:

  • We are a free people
  • We have freedom of speech
  • We have freedom of movement
  • We are a democracy
  • We are a proud nation
  • We are part of the United Kingdom, with 300 years of history, world recognition, world influence, and a higher standard of living than many places in the world.
  • The UK is far stronger as a whole than the sum of its nation parts. Separation would not just reduce Scottish influence, but damage the UK as well.
  • We can do more to improve those aspects of society that are at a disadvantage by working harder together within the UK than by going it alone which is fraught with so much risk.

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