Why I Said No To Scottish Independence

The Union Jack

The union Flag remains flying  over Scotland after the independence referendum
The union Flag remains flying over Scotland after the independence referendum | Source

Scottish Independence

Should Scotland be an Independent country?

The polls are closed and the counting is done Scotland has decided to remain a part of the UK 55% of the electorate put their cross in the box marked No, and 45% in the box marked Yes.

it was the biggest turnout of Voters that Britain has ever known with an average turn out of over 85% at the polls.

Scotland will remain in the United Kingdom.

In the wake of the election Alex Salmond leader of the Scottish National Party and the man who headed the Yes Campaign has resigned as first minister of Scotland and as leader of the party.

A no Campaign banner with  the union flag
A no Campaign banner with the union flag | Source

I Voted No

I was in a minority in my own home there were four of us in my house that were eligible to vote my son and daughter voting for the first time being over the age of 16. I was out voted by three to one.

Yes all of my family voted except me.

I am of a mind where everyone is entitled to their opinion and I have never pushed my politics on to any of my family, they have there own minds and I am not going to force my opinion on them or try to change their mind.

The only advice I offered was that they should vote with their heads and not with their heart, if they believe that their choice is the right choice then who am I to try and change that.

I have never been so proud of my son and daughter who were excited at the prospect of voting and headed to the polling station minutes after they got out of bed.

Westminster Parliament

The houses of parliament, home of the British Government.
The houses of parliament, home of the British Government. | Source

Why I Voted No To Independence For Scotland

There are a few reasons that I put my X in the box marked no.

Currency: The British Government and the Bank of England were adamant that an independent Scotland would not be able to keep the British Pound.

The Yes campaign was adamant that Scotland would keep the Pound and really did not offer an alternative currency option except to say that there was a plan B which was never revealed.

Oil: The Yes Campaign rightly, told us that Scotland has enough oil to last for a generation and we could be one of the richest countries in the world.

Do you really think that the British Government in Westminster would give up all of that oil so easily?

They would have fought tooth and nail to keep it and while that fight was going on the revenue from the oil would be withheld until a resolution was found if ever.

Without that oil revenue where would Scotland get the money to pay for Health and education where would Scotland get the money to pay for defense, where would Scotland get the money to keep the country running smoothly?

Yes we may have won the fight for the oil eventually but at what cost?

Governments make deals with other Governments only when it benefits them, do you really think that a British Government would lie down and give us everything that we wanted without a fight?

Look at how already they are reneging on promises that they made a few days prior to the election.

Scottish Parliament

The seat of Power in Scotland
The seat of Power in Scotland | Source

More Powers To Scotland

My mind was already made up and my vote was always going to be no when a few days ago the three main parties began to give promises of more powers to the Scottish Parliament.

I realized straight away that this was a desperate attempt by the British Government to try and sway voters to vote no because they were losing for the first time in the opinion polls.

The no campaign claimed that these proposals were always on the table but if that was the case then why did David Cameron not allow that as an option on the ballot paper?

I knew that they were not well thought out proposals and rushed out just because one poll had the yes campaign winning.

The yes campaigners also knew that this was the case.

More Powers For The Scottish Parliament

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More Tax Raising Powers For Scotland!

The main option of giving more powers to Scotland was Tax raising powers which is a strange one on the whole; after all in 1997 when Scotland voted in favor of a devolved parliament we voted no to allowing that parliament tax raising powers after all why would we as a part of the United Kingdom want to pay more taxes that the other three countries that is just a stupid option.

As a country we voted against it and now they are giving it too us whether we want it or not. we pay enough taxes in the UK without adding separate Scottish taxes.

Better Together

Better together was the no campaign slogan led by Alisdair Darling, and even I have to admit that from the beginning that it was a negative campaign.

It had to be a negative campaign simply because they had nothing new to offer except more of the same for Scotland, he couldn't promise us anything new simply because although he is a member of parliament he is on the opposing benches of the Government and anything that he could promise would be vetoed by the ruling party.

There was not one iota of passion from the no campaign until they came second in that opinion poll.

Yes Campaign

The Yes Campaign had some ingenious ways to get their message heard.
The Yes Campaign had some ingenious ways to get their message heard. | Source

The Yes Campaign

The yes campaign led by Alex Salmond, were passionate and fired up for the election, they fought for every vote and they made promises to the Scottish people about how different life would be in an Independent Scotland, they did say that it would not be easy and mistakes would be made but that it would be worth it for the people of Scotland in the long run.

I have never in all of my life living in Scotland seen so many St Andrews flags flying proudly in the wind.

It was the most positive political campaign that I have ever witnessed in my life.

I Would Have Voted Yes To Scottish Independence If

The simple truth is that if the yes campaign had spelled out a real alternative to the currency question rather than telling us constantly that we would keep the pound which had been ruled out by the British Government.

That was the biggest factor of my decision and if that question was answered adequately I would have voted yes and I am sure that that was the answer that would have seen an Independent Scotland today.

The Future Of Scotland

I hope that we have another referendum within the next ten years and I hope that the Yes campaign can spell out a new currency option for Scotland.

If those two things happen then I am sure we will be living in an Independent Scotland sooner rather than later.

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13 comments

buddhaanalysis 2 years ago

Would you please write hub explaining difference in Scots and British culture ?


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RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

Interesting to learn more about this from your perspective. Thanks for sharing your views and helping the rest of us see the issues through your eyes. If people could take time to think through what most politicians say while considering the big picture rather than just deciding to take them at their word, politicians would have a more difficult time getting by with lies.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

We all watched the results of the election....well, those of us interested in world affairs watched. I was a bit surprised, honestly. I thought the vote would at least be closer than it was....anyway, thanks for stating your reasons.


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Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

Jimmy, thanks for explaining the issues at stake and the rationale behind your decision to vote "no" in such a clear and compelling way. In retrospect it seems inevitable that a promise of radical change without a clear and demonstrable explanation of what that alternative to the status quo would be (as opposed to change for its own sake) would fail.


minababe 2 years ago

I thought that Scotland made the right decision. It was dangerously naive to assume that once Scotland became independent, everything would just hum along as it did before. As we've seen in so many cases, independence is not a simple matter, especially when it comes to establishing a workable economy.


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John Holden 2 years ago

minababe, I think the idea was that independence would mean things wouldn't just run on as before. There are many and not just in Scotland, who are totally fed up with an unshiftable minority government that pays no heed to the majority of the electorate.

My heart hoped that Scotland would win independence, my head hoped that they wouldn't as that would remove all chance of an effective opposition to the Conservatives. As it is, as a result of this vote the government is already talking about disenfranchising Scottish MP's. which in the end will have the same affect on us.


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Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

I have been following this story and I don't know much about the relationship of Scotland to Britain exactly. I am very interested to hear your viewpoint and others'. I can absolutely see why Scotland's people would want to be independent however the financial issues are not small. They are a big barrier to independence. Thanks for putting forth your argument.


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Brite-Ideas 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Jimmy, your reasons are sound, and had I been in Scotland and not just of Scottish descent, much to the dismay of my famous ancestors, I would have voted no as well. There's so much uncertainty in the economy still from the disaster that was created in the early 200o's that for me, the risks far out weigh any rewards. We've been through our own tense times here in Canada when in the early 1990's Quebec voted to separate from Canada. I'll never forget that! - So my lineage is Scottish and French, lol...looks like my ancestors are independent thinkers!


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BarbRad 2 years ago from Templeton, CA

I have been following this on another site, and my contact there also voted no for some of the same reasons you did. It sounds like cooler heads prevailed.


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justholidays 2 years ago

I'd have liked to vote not just "interesting", but also "educational, brilliant, exceptionnal".

Your arguments for the NO vote do make sense. How on Earth can one expect something for which one has no real tangible plan? It's beyond my underestanding. But politics being what they are, I'm rarely surprised when one of them is unable to provide a solid overview of what they expect for their fellow's future.

I live in a country where separatism/independence is a big question. The question has been raised many times and I think that a great part of my fellows who got a politic and economic education would vote "yes". I'm one of them, provided that we also leave the EU and the euro zone which is the worst thing that ever happened to us. I'm more favorable to a feature like the former Economic Market we formed, totalizing 9 countries, 40 years ago.

We were explained in detail by high quality economists the way the switch to our own currency would work and it's convincing enough to make me vote "yes". Therefore I definitely understand your motives for a "NO" vote.

Here we've never been given the referendum occasion as a referendum must be acted and put into action. Though Nicolas Sarkozy didn't put the French referendum about the EU constitution 6 years ago into action.

Anyways, referendum = democracy in its full sense, no referendum = dictatorship in democracy disguise.

I think that at least Scots were given the right to vote, it's something invaluable. Although seen from the outside, Scottish independence would have looked sad, it's something I respect.

One thing, though, I'd like to learn why actually Scots would want to be independent from the rest of the UK. A Hub about it would be fantastic if you haven't done so yet. More power for Scotland, yes I understand but is there more behind that will? (BTW I've read two additional Scottish Hubs by you but didn't find an answer that satisfies my historical curiosity).


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

You've put forward reasons which I can well understand. The whole thing was a bit of a shambles from my viewpoint. I live in the south west of England and I have some Scottish friends. I was hoping Scotland would stay in the union but I wouldn't have been surprised if they hadn't.

As you seem to, I didn't think the arguments for and against were based on any reasonable or well thought out strategies. London was making desperate stabs in the dark to keep the Scots, the SNP were saying they'd keep the pound without any answers as to how. In fact, there were many questions that both sides didn't seem to have any answers for.

One positive outcome seems to be that both sides should gain in that the electorate looks as though it's more determined to have more of a local voice in all areas, more national government for each country in the union and more local clout within that government. My rather naive ideal is that we can have our own national assemblies but stay as a Union as we have so much in common.

To my mind, we are not Europeans (I'm not anyway). We are British. Surely we can manage to get on with each other if we manage to find a reasonable government who will not only be fair but will be strong enough to sort it out to everyone's satisfaction. Well, I can dream, can't I?!!

By the way, I agree with justholidays above, who puts forward good points.

Great hub, Jimmy, voicing what many of us think.

Ann


Donna Cook 2 years ago

Jimmy, Thank you for sharing your insightful views. The news media here in the US just couldn't provide the right perspective, in my opinion. I tried to watch the BBC-US coverage but it was rancorous. I can't imagine voting for independence. Well, at least it was more civilized than how the US did it. I did like fellow playing the flaming bagpipes.


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aviannovice 24 months ago from Stillwater, OK

In ten years, all the questions should be ironed out, and I believe that people will be more willing to be independent then. Thanks for your input 'behind the scenes.'

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