- Politics and Social Issues
Why I Said No To Scottish Independence
The Union Jack
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.
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.
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.
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
Do you think that the Scottish Parliament should have more tax raising powers?
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 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.
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.