Pressures, Stress, Separation: The recession that is Scotland’s future

June 4, 2013 3:33 pm

Scotland separating from the United Kingdom – Surely not?

Look at it this way: Edinburgh alone, gets 11 billion from the Westminster every year. If Scotland goes independent, it is highly likely it will go through a financial crisis and there will be no England to bail them out. Now clearly, since England and Scotland have been united for 3 centuries some of the general public may feel a need to fight for this union.

Now I’m sure you know how much Scotland spends a year – 40 billion pounds. But do you know how much revenue it get back? Only 27 billion pounds. Now that is a 13 billion pound gap. That is the equivalent of 10,000 lifetime incomes combined for a woman. 10,000 lifetime incomes is the equivalent to how much Scotland needs, every year to pay for their budget if it becomes independent. But Independence Supporters say oil is going to save Scotland from [going to] a crisis.

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Everyone thinks that. But, oil is running out. Prices are rocketing, which means barely anyone can afford to drive their cars any more. And in 10 years time, oil will run out. What is Scotland going to do then? How are the government going to pay 10,000 lifetime incomes, every year with no oil to fund them? Many people say, before the oil will run out, Scotland can spend money on renewable energy, like wind turbines. But do you know what else is another problem? Global Warming!

The winds are getting higher and stronger every year. So in ten years its going to be pretty fast. And some people may remember what happened in a little place called Ayrshire, in 2011. Yes. The winds were so strong that the wind turbines broke and went on fire. Now if in 10 years time the wind gets even stronger, this scene will become a more common situation. And it will be the public’s taxes the government will have to spend, to repair these turbines and get new ones. What do you propose Scotland should do then?

Now, I presume you are familiar with the Kyoto Protocol. It was signed in the hopes of reducing Britain’s carbon emissions. But if Scotland gains temporary oil riches, would that not that mean Scotland’s words would become hollow and empty? Independence may be fine for a couple of years but it is unreliable, unsafe and unstable. Wouldn’t it be easier to prevent this disease to Britain’s current economy than to clean up the troubles afterwards? It certainly would be cheaper. But the only way the British public can be against independence is if UK votes. Votes for status quo. Because if they don’t, the British public will have to be dragged into Independence. I say Pro Status Quo.

The UK has retained the Triple A Standard, which is the best a company or country can receive, but according to my research, Two Top Credit Agencies (Standard’s & Poor’s and Fitch) believe Scotland would be unable to retain the gold standard that the UK currently holds. The gold standard means you can usually borrow at low interest rates as there is a low chance it won’t be repaid. If Scotland was unable to reach the grade, it would put up borrowing cost, having less money to spend on roads, hospitals and schools. If Scotland was downgraded by bond vigilantes, it would put up borrowing cost, having less money to spend on roads, hospitals and schools.

The British public’s taxes would be spent on borrowing rather than spending on what the country really needs. Do you want Scottish citizens to reside in a city where their money will be taken away to pay back government loans and their needs to be left untreated? Do you want them to receive cuts on both their pay roll and their establishments: their stores and their education departments and their home affairs branches? Scotland and England needs to take a stand together as this referendum and this vote will be the biggest choice the public will have to make in their entire lives and the biggest decision for Scotland.

scottish independenceI’m sure many people do not want a new nationality or a new blue passport. But these are all questions the public will have to ask themselves. And what about currency or the E.U.? Will we stay with our pounds or will we have Euros or McPounds; a new Scottish currency. Because Euros and Pounds will not give us a economic independence and having a new currency in a middle of a recession is about as risky as you can get. Are the public really wanting to be stripped of their red and blue colour to just… blue? Because they won’t be British anymore – just Scottish.

These are just some of the changes that are waiting to happen if Scotland goes independent. And what about Scotland’s wealth status and how about Scotland’s jobs? Politicians can operate on English issues but base in Scotland and vice versa. What will happen to them? And what will happen to the international businessmen? Britain is not going down without a fight. There are bound to be riots and a major upheaval from the public. And what about Britain’s lack of unionism? Alex Salmond is wanting to separate 2 countries. 2 countries that have served well for 3 centuries.

As said by a renowned journalist working at the guardian newspaper “England and Scotland is our typical bickering marriage, but a marriage all the same. Divorce is unnecessary and painful.” Do we really need to endure the stage of grieving when these problems can get resolved through a bit of work? I always liked the idea of Devolution Max: Scotland and England stay together but Scotland gets more power.

This would be the best of both worlds but unfortunately Devo-Max is not in the referendum. If Scotland was independent a long time ago, could you honestly say that Scotland would have been able to bail out Halifax of Scotland and the Bank of Scotland? Because the UK bailed Scotland out, and with not even a thank you from us Scots afterwards. England has put up with our problems and our needs. We shouldn’t be asking for a divorce – we should be thanking England. Thanking England for putting up with us. Staying with the Status Quo may not be fully democratic but Scotland gets the support, the security and the social and economic boost with being part of the UK.

Scotland is not in charge of all its matters but it is the 7th biggest economy in the world. Is it really worth it? To change everything? Do you want a broken union? ‘Pressures, Stress, Separation: The recession that is Scotland’s future’ will most definitely be true if people vote for Independence.

I’m a Scottish citizen myself and with the first opportunity I get, I most certainly will be voting against Scottish independence. Won’t you?

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