Monday, 9 January 2012
Hey Scotland, where's my vote?
Unfortunately for them, these all failed and the vast costs and debt weighed heavily on the State. So much so that they really needed the help of their hated English brethren to get them out of a spot of bother. the end result of this mess was the Act of Union of 1707.
Today, there are moves by the SNP to have a vote for Scottish independence. but I ask, where is my vote as an English taxpayer? We saved Scotland 300 years ago and have continued to do so for the time since, including most recently when HBOS and RBS were the 2 main banks along with Northern Rock to bring down our financial system.
Instead, we are to be told that it is up to the Scots alone as to whether they want to remain part of the UK. As it happens I am quite in favour of them leaving. The cost of the Socialist state in the North more than offsets and oil and gas revenues and will also ensure a much more right-wing Country is left behind. As it would jeopardise our UN status and military standing I am quite keen too - for I don't see how the UK can afford to continue its current high spending ways in a world where we are dropping down the GDP tables at a precipitous rate. Scotland leaving the Union will force and honest conversation to be had by the remaining peoples of Great(ish) Britain.
Where is my vote though - it stakes two to tango after all. In the US secession was enough to kick off a very bloody civil war. Now of course I don't want that, but for an amicable split, as with marriage, it is best if all parties agree rather than one flounces off alone.
Why the unionists don't insist on this or at least use it as a bargaining chip is beyond me. The negotiating stance of the Government (and previous one) leaves a lot to be improved upon.
Posted by CityUnslicker