Should Scotland be allowed to become independent?
Should Scotland be allowed independence if Alex Salmond could a)push through legislation allowing a referendum bill and b)persuade the Scottish people to vote yes in such a referendum.
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Scotlands economy would be able to substain itself with independence
Scotland has the oldest written constitution in Europe (a model for many other European countries), giving power to the Scots people, something which has been overlooked by Westminster. Scotland has also had its own legal and education system different from the rest of the UK. Scotland had enough oil for itself and other countries; which Westminster know only too well; there's plenty lamb, wool, forestry and freshwater to sustain herself and industries such as shipbuilding could be regenerated directly by a Scottish Government. Scotland could have its own National media (the BBC has a lot to answer to but lets not go there!) giving the Scots a voice on the world stage instead of Westminter having to speak for them whenever it suits them. Of course Scotland can survive by herself- the Union of the Crowns was formed for Englands security only! Other countries such as Poland were under foreign control for centuries before independence; if they can do it so can Scotland!
On what? You don't have any gold reserves, oil will run out in a short space of time, you have nothing really to offer other than tourism. A country can not survive on tourism alone.
And how dependable will oil be in the future? Industries are looking at greener ways for power and energy, oil is not going to be as valuable in the near future as many think.
As for a Scottish BBC, this reminds one of a sketch by Armando Iannucci in which he satirises tv shows created in Scotland and the restriction of better programming Scotland faced in the past. Minor point, however.
Scotland would gain control of its oil industry.
Ever since oil was found in Scotland we have not had control over it. We would be able to price it equally and fairly.
Counter counter argument:
But in scotland we have an abundance of natural, renewable resources. We have the atlantic on our west and the channel at our east- perfect places for wave genarators and we have the highlands- great places for wind turbines.
but in 100 years we might run out of that oil and what would we sell then? it won't be our problem but it will affect the next generations.
Scotland would gain control of our currencey.
Scotland could change to the euro as soon as we chose rather than waiting for the English government. Or we could decide to stay with the pound if we chose.
Yes, If you gain independence, then you will have control of your currency, however, if you gained independence from the United Kingdom, you will not be entitled to use our currency, you would have to create a new currency or join with another.
RBS out of business
Recently Scotland's largest bank had to be bailed out by English banks, had Scotland been independant this could not have happened and RBS would surely have not survived.
Scottish independence will put right the wrongs of the English I.E. The Conquest of Scotland in 1745 and the subsequent seizure of her assets, resources, and power.
The vast majority of North Sea oil lies in Scottish National Waters.
Scotland is now discovering deposits of Gold, Silver and Platinum.
However Scotland's greatest asset is its self, the beautiful landscapes of Scotland which currently prop up the UK tourist industry. On independence all income from tourism will remain for Scotland and the Scottish people.
Scotland will be far better off outside of the UK and will outstrip England and Wales in Europe wide economic output.
As for RBS, they've messed up too many times if another bailout is requested then personally I would sacrifice RBS.
Decision would not be made by all Scottish people!
Currently young adults can't vote and this is something that will affect our future.
Addition to above comment --->
It isn't only young adults, members of the armed forces aren't allowed to vote either... they would all be told instead of asked.
What do you think?