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Scotland: You say you want a devolution? September 17, 2014

Posted by wastedspacer in Political Issues.
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Just say NO to devolution – my two groats:

There don’t seem to be many ex-pat Scots I have talked to who actually wants to see Scotland leave the union. Alas, even though we were born there we don’t get to vote NO. I certainly consider myself as a Scot first which happens to be part of the stronger union with Britain. I have lived in England and later the US for many years so my perspective is more as an outsider trying to make sense of the implications.

Assuming the vote is YES, for me my first question is where do I get my passport renewed? Is there going to be a Scottish embassy or consulate in every location there is currently a British one? Do I get an EU passport or will I need to show it at every border crossing? Will I have to change my money at the border to a new currency? What happens to my NHS identity number? Will I need an SHS version?

I certainly understand the drive for a perceived “freedom” but what are us Scots actually saying YES to? The shackles of today’s Scotland are not about slavery, religion, oppressors and usurpers? For many who vote YES perhaps independence is more a euphoric state of mind, purely symbolic rather than the reality. Whilst that all sounds grand, the reality is the potentially massive cost of disruption to the Scots when living this new reality.

Is it really about the control of the money? Financial services is another major income generator but the Bank of Scotland seems set to move to London if there is a YES vote to leave.

If the YES vote happens, I dread the “what have we done” moment when reality sets in, trust and the sense of unity has been lost with the rest of Britain and changes that cannot be undone hit the pockets of those who are now wondering what has actually changed.

The defence services are gone, armies of Scottish Civil servants appear as new national services are duplicated. All this infrastructure needs to be built and paid for. this in turn requires the Scots pass these onerous burdens on in the way of taxes. Surely we have Oil to pay for all of this? Perhaps not as much as we thought?

One primary driver for devolution seems to be about Scotland’s resources such as OIL which seems to have no long-term future with the decline in the North Sea: as outlined in this recent Washington Post article http://wapo.st/1r1onuc .

I can’t help feeling a bit like the concerned parent who despite their guidance and warning sees their child about to make a tragic mistake. On the one hand, we feel that is is better for our child to learn by the school of hard-knocks. However, if the consequences of their action could be deadly or life-threatening then we have to step in….

…. in the case of Scotland seceding from the union, the outcome is somewhere between these concerned states. On that basis I would strongly urge a NO vote. If I was living in Scotland now, I would be right there frantically waving my NO flag.

Final thoughts – whether you vote YES or NO, why not put down a sizable bet on the opposite of whoever you voted for. Then regardless of the outcome you will have something to smile about 🙂