- Politics and Social Issues
Will Scotland be free?
With the Scottish referendum in 2014, Alex Salmond, leader of the SNP (Scottish National Party), Scotland's leading party, has stated his willingness and readiness to develop Scotland as an independent nation, completely free from English (British) monarchical rule. But the latest polls have been showing that around half of the eligible voters are against the single question: " Should Scotland be an independent country?". In favor of this question are 35% and the other 15% are categorized as "undecided".
Scotland, since become part of the United Kingdom, which many "nationalists" have named "illegal", has always wanted to be free. However in the 21st Century the Scottish people have the complete right to be worried. In the midst of one of the biggest economic crises that Europe has seen, parting from a somewhat stable and powerful nation is not the best of decisions. But Scotland itself has an also stable economy, with many opportunities for further development, ranging from the primary sectors of oil, coal and wood production, to the tertiary sectors of education and tourism. Another very big issue that must be tackled, should Scotland become independent, is the question of EU and UN participation. Although the EU and UN have stated that they would recognize Scotland as an independent nation, Scotland would have to apply for the EU and the UN, which, of course, does not automatically guarantee acceptance.
Although the current standings of the polls, many politicians, economist, analysts and journalists, such Ian Jack of "The Guardian", believe that it may be a close call in any direction due to the fact that many people are still undecided and that the SNP has had much support in the past. But whatever the polls may say, the real truth will be known in 2014, probably on the 30th of November, the day of Scotland's patron saint, st. Andrew. If Scotland is to become independent, then the people residing in Scotland will have to decide by crossing of one of the two possible answers to the referendum question on the ballot paper - "Yes" or "No".
Ian Jack for "The Guardian"
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