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  1. Scotland could be economically successful. Even when I was against independence, I strongly believed that. Westminster governance is what finally changed my mind into a yes sympathiser (i wont have thevote). During my lifetime it's always been South East centric (those believe its all about London clearly don't look at voting patterns or poverty figures), but during the past ten years it has got steadily worse. The question that I would ask myself if I were you is; why are MSPs from unionist parties so useless? Why is success in politics marked by Westminster participation? Why is local government so utterly pointless in the UK? Centralisation of politics in the UK is disastrous for Wales and Scotland, even worse for parts of England because at least in Wales andScotland we have a modicum of control. Scottish politicians from the SNP and Greens have their eyes on taking power. From the Tories, Labour and Lib Dems, they are keeping their eyes on the next opportunity to be MPs.
  2. Bingo. The one thing that No has done quite successfully is to try to get the Scottish voter to look at this as a general election, with a straight choice between a Salmond dictatorship and the benign forces of Westminster.Question - should the SNP make clear that they will disband at a point to be determined post yes vote? I haven't really thought this through properly, but were they to make clear, that might help to damage the cult of personality schtick that the No campaign is preaching.
  3. I really don't though. I live in Cambridge, but I work in Tower Hamlets. In fact, the boroughs of Newham and Tower Hamlets are amongst the poorest in the UK, never mind London. And of course Scotland is split - it's part of the UK - the same UK where the poorest pay a higher percentage of their income than the ultra wealthy. A UK where a public school education virtually buys you a job. I can't believe I'm saying this, but xbl is right about one thing - Scotland and England are very different. UKIP will never get traction there. The Tories are all but an extinct breed. If you want any chance of your vote counting for anything, you have to vote yes up there. I'm not happy about it, but there you go.
  4. I don't agree - the SNP hasn't tried to demonise England, it's calling it as it sees it. I'm instinctively against anything that divides people, that's why I was strongly in the NO camp for years. However, when it became apparent to me that those who were really interested in divide and rule were already in power, and extremely unlikely to get dislodged, it became a no brainer. The reason I would vote YES is for the very reasons that you describe. It's a damn shame that England is split as well, but Scotland has a chance to do something really special here, and move away from the class and wealth structure that Westminster perpetuates. You only have to read the press down here to realise that they are doing all they can to stir up anti Scottish resentment. Most English people that I know and deal with - and I mean the VAST majority - don't seem to hate the Scots at all, and I live in a very middle class, prosperous area.
  5. Dee Gas, the North South divide has existed since Thatcher's time, and has steadily got worse. You can't blame Nationalists for causing it, it's there, it's been caused by Home Counties centric politics and it's one of the main reasons people will vote Yes who might not otherwise have done so. It's certainly what changed my mind, that and the utterly moribund Westminster.
  6. I haven't been paying much attention to P&B full stop recently, but this was too good to miss. The New Alliance. EU/French/Scottish Independence. It's a fucking beauty.
  7. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-23283017 For a while I've been wondering if there would be anything that everyone could enjoy on this thread. Assuming you aren't a raving fascist, the sheer joy of the seethe that this will create with the Daily Mail types should unite just about everyone.
  8. It's not scaremongering. It's straight from the horses mouth. Ultimately, decentralisation is anathema to Westminster, regardless of the party (the Lib Dems being the honourable exception, but with absolutely no chance, ever, of going down their preferred route). It really is only a matter of time until the current formula for "local government" is torn up. We can pretty much guarantee that at that point, Scotland will take a disproportional hit. And at THAT point, it comes down to whether or not the Scottish electorate realise what's been done, or buy the fear that independence will make it worse. To be honest, I haven't a clue which it would be, but I would find it utterly impossible to vote no at that stage. The British family that Dee Gas speaks of is something that is still close to my heart. I've spent most of my working life travelling the length and breadth of it. I live in England and love the life and the people. The Westminster village, on the other hand, most certainly isn't. And that's the choice that has to be made.
  9. Listening to Radio 4 this morning, it's clear that the Barnett review will be taking place sooner rather than later. It's great that such certainty of funding can be given from within the Union. Ditto macro economics related to our continuing membership of the EU. There is literally no reason now to vote No other than an emotional one. There is so little certainty coming from Westminster that the unknowns are pretty much equivalent on either side now. The one thing we CAN be certain of is that staying in the UK will result in lower central funding, and continued stifling of local politics.
  10. That's a rather bizarre bit of reckoning. Independence is simply a starting point - a point where your vote will be a worthwhile one regarding the future shape of your country. Now, don't get me wrong, I find xbl, Swampy and many others on the Yes side teeth gnashingly annoying with their constant denigration of those choosing to vote no. There are so many unknowns, and for those of you (I live in England and have no intention of moving back to Scotland) who have legitimate fears and concerns, it's reasonable to be cautious. But that's the question - what have you seen from Westminster that makes you think that it's a choice of the status quo (Union) or things getting worse (Independence)? Honestly, to me the lower risk for you and your family is a yes vote. I was a pretty convinced unionist from the emotional perspective, and will still be sad to see it go, but from the perspective of Scotland's future, I can see nothing happening at Westminster other than the entrenchment of London business and Home Counties voters' ideals. Better Together? We haven't been together for decades politically, arguably ever. Scotland has a chance to thrive. That chance dies with a no vote.
  11. For all you're a moronic, painful troll and alias, your second sentence is probably the best thing you've ever written.
  12. Yep. One of my best mates is from Cambridge, now living in Edinburgh. Ever since devolution, he reckons he's had much less anti English stuff. He's voting yes. His missus, Scottish, is voting no. It's all quite touching.
  13. I don't believe you hadn't heard of her. I don't believe you we're doing anything other than spinning.
  14. If you choose to interpret it that way. Bulgarian and Romanian immigrants to this country can and should have the same rights as any other EU citizen - it's one of the few things I agree with EU policy on, so I disagree with Reynard on the principle. To call him xenophobic on the back of that rather throw away statement is not fair though. Factually, Romanian and Bulgarian migration could well put a further strain on an overstretched welfare system. It's simply ignoring the obvious to deny it. Where he and I would differ is that I would look at the welfare system and the ridiculous hoops that Bulgarians and Romanians had to jump through to get employed here up until recently. I know of what I speak, having had to write letters to the Home office to avoid us losing an excellent nurse from Sofia as a direct result on non joined up thinking between the HMRC and the Home Office. However, there is a massive amount of poverty in those two countries, and it is sensible to at least think about that - for the sake of the migrants themselves if nothing else, particularly down here.
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