My mothers side of the family are all Scots, other half has struggled to understand my gran.
As much as they "The English" as I get called, they admit that leaving would be a bad idea and most people voting for it just have a problem with the "English" and don't consider the bigger picture.
Salmond is delusional. He took a warning about joining the EU, from someone who could be seen as an expert on the subject, saying that Scotland would face a real problem trying to join the bloc due to countries like Spain disliking the very concept of breakaway states. Spain don't oppose it based on the merits of the particular country but on the basis that it'll encourage those areas within its own borders that have desires to become independent.
He also seems to think that Scotland has a say over whether they get to keep the Sterling. It would be an economic nightmare for the remaining UK area to have themselves tied financially to a country which they have no control over. It just wouldn't happen.
I do hope that result is a 'No' as I do think we are all stronger together but if the Scot do want independence then fine.
However I do fear what a post 'Yes' result Scotland would be like for the people living there as Alex Salmond appears to be at best ill informed on issues such as EU membership and retaining Sterling and at worst delusional.
Have to admit that the NATO issue is a big grey area for me - don't know enough about it to make any form of argument
As an Englishman living in England Alex Salmond would say my opinion does not matter - opposed to an Englishman living in Scotland, or like my Head a Scotsman living in England. Even who can have a vote is a ridiculous situation.
My personal opinion is that the UK is stronger with Great Britain. I understand the Scots hate being ruled by a bunch of toffs in Westminster. I live north of Oxford so I also understand this! The rest is ancient history and imho should bare no concern on the current vote for the future of Scotland.
What annoys me is the way the SNP are trying to cherry pick. They wanted Devo-Max, that's obvious, but as they can't have that as an option they want to cherry pick the best parts of being in the UK. Keep the Pound, keep the monarchy (until the half Scottish Queen dies), keep fiscal union, keep a closely related armed forces. Remove Trident (try removing the American's from the Holy Loch! - that won't happen if Scotland want NATO membership), be part of the EU with the same opt-outs as negotiated (by a Tory PM) at Maastricht.
I agree with the hardline the major UK political parties are taking. This isn't a vote for Devo-Max. This is a vote to become a totally independent country. If that passes for good or ill why should Scotland an rUK keep acting like we are in political union?
Just to repeat myself again: Scotland getting independence does not mean an SNP government. A lot of the Scottish people I know who are going to vote yes are definitely not supporters of the SNP. A lot of them are just tired of being ruled by "English" Tories, since Scotland has traditionally been pretty much labour land (though not so much in the last election I suppose).
If I was allowed to vote (am a Scot living in England) I would be a Yes vote. I am by no means into SNP by the same token not Labour or Conservative I just think we could do well independant. I also think that any of the English counties north of Watford Gap get a raw deal every bit as much as we Scots. The North East of England and Cumbria are prime examples of that. It is like living in forgotten regions as far as Westminster is concerned. If Independance can change that then am all for it.
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