Why am I voting Yes!
The main reason is the “me” culture of the Southern English. They say it is the nanny state that they are against but it is to protect their high standard of living.
Take a person working in the city. They are paid vast amounts of money, have bought super pad in London and have a good standard of living. Ok , an over simplification. But these people bemoan the nanny state but say they are worth the money they are paid because they work long hours and are under load of stress. I have a son in law who works sixty hours a week and is stressed out because he cannot make enough for a decent standard of living on a near to minimum wage.He cannot afford the luxuries that these city boys can. He cannot afford the luxury pads. He worries how his bills are going to be paid. It is these City boys who avoid taxes using specialised accountants when the poor are paying the full whack.
I cannot see them chucking us out as we are an oil rich nation. I can, though, see the English chucking the EU out as there is a referendum on that after the Scottish one. The UKIP vote is quite strong in England, much less so in Scotland.Scotland’s vote is not big enough to have its say. I want to stay in the EU. I want to be part of the Euro. Ok it has had some problems recently but so has everyone.
I want to be part of the euro and it will not happen if we are part of the UK. Trading will be easier. I cannot really see this happening under any circumstances. I see us using the pound either as a partner or as users. Scare tactics have been incredible here. If a large Scottish company goes tits up and needs rescues as some have been in the past and the Bank of England rescues them, the Bank of England will not then own Scotland. It will have rescues the company as it would more than likely have a detrimental effect on the UK as well as Scotland, not the country as was suggested by some southern academic.
Alec Salmond is only a party leader not the first minister for all time.He could have a heart attack tomorrow or on the 18th. He is no spring chicken and will only go on for a limited time. Love or hate him it is no reason to vote no because of him.
The SNP used to be called the Tartan Tories but since the SNP has taken over there has been free care for the elderly (That is their personal care is taken care of free of charge. This should be extended to people who are terminally ill. At the moment they have to have a life expectancy of one month this should be expanded to at least 12 months.) There has also free prescriptions , free dental checkups, free hearing and sight tests for all. Scotland’s health is not the best so we are working on it. Measure have been taken to make cheap booze less acceptable. I see in the future that government may try to solve the alcohol problem by using the Scandinavian model. I will not be a happy bunny but it could save many lives and make many happier and safer.
Scotland has oil and it will not run out in my lifetime or probably my children’s. Sir Iain Wood (a provider of people who work in the oil industry not a person who produces or drills for oil) who seems to be a spokesman for the government about oil, stated a year ago that the projected output of oil in Scotland was 240 Million or billion barrels,(I know not much difference) but when talking about it now says that Salmond is exaggerating when he says 240 and it should only be 150. But there is an alternative which the present Scottish government is working on and that is greener energy. We already have hydro power and have increasing amounts of wind power. Wave power is now being tested out. Parts of Scotland are 100% green energy in fact 100% + but they cannot export this energy into the grid as there is not the infrastructure there to do so. About time there was .
In fact there is so much Scotland can do to improve the industrialisation by modernising. Scotland has been kept back because we have not kept up with the latest innovations in industry. It will initially cost a lot but if we do it our highly trained engineers and other craftsmen will be better off in the future.
Something has to be done to make Scottish people more confident in themselves. Here I do mean individually as well as as a nation. The Scottish people have been brought up to think that they are not good enough to succeed but we have some huge names who have been the greatest innovators of their time. At the moment we have some incredible giants of industry but who are they… we never hear of them. Many of them move south. Look at even famous film stars where do they live London… why? Because it is the hub. We have an expanding film and television industry here let it expand more. We have low wages here compared to other place. We could produce small ships but we have not the technology. Come on get up to date.
Keep class numbers low. Teachers well trained and schools in good order.
We need immigrants to do the jobs that even the low paid do not want to do. We need immigrants too pay for pensions as there are not enough people in the younger age bracket to pay for them.
They say that they are not privatising the NHS but neither are they improving it. The wards are understaffed. Resources are not being used well. Once again we need modernisation. It would be best if we had enough hospital places to do the work rather than having to farm these out to private hospitals.The NHS does not expect to make a profit but private hospitals are there to. We must save money if we are not using private facilities.
The yes campaign says if we get independence that we are committing the rest of the UK to Tory rule. That is not the case . The only time this has been true is the last election where the Tories then joined with the lesser Tories (sorry I mean the Libdems) without the Scottish vote they wouldn’t have needed the lesser Tories. Every other election the Scottish vote would have made no difference at all to the outcome. On the other hand Scotland has not had a Tory majority for tens of years but has been condemned to Tory rule on many occasions.
Even if we do get independence nothing is going to happen fast but other countries of a similar size to us have succeeded and we have natural resources. Without Independence I doubt that even the status quo will be maintained.
The prime minister has promised more powers to Scotland after the referendum but does not say what they will be.They have given and then taken away powers to suit themselves over the fracking issue already what is there to stop them again.