Scottish independence: Salmond and Darling clash in heated TV debate
- Opening statements
- The issues
- Closing statements
"The Nineteenth century saw a great Springtime of Nations as the revolutions of 1848 saw new countries created the length and breadth of Europe. In our world today we are now seeing our own Spring Awakening with people and cultures that have long been dormant and subdued asserting their right to exist, their right to dream." Adam Price MP
Posted by Alan Jones at 02:17
“Supporters of independence will always be able to cite examples of small, independent and thriving economies across Europe such as Finland, Switzerland and Norway. It would be wrong to suggest that Scotland could not be another such successful, independent country”
~ David Cameron
Posted by Alan Jones at 10:21
SCOTLAND IS IN A VERY GOOD POSITION ECONOMICALLY AND SOCIALLY TO GO IT ALONE....despite scare-mongering tactics by the negative and backward-looking Nay-sayers. BETTER ALONE!
remember the Stone....
the Stone of Scone!
Posted by Alan Jones at 11:47
It is now clear beyond any doubt – the only way to keep the Pound is for Scotland to remain in the UK.”
“People need to know that when they go into a polling station in September they will be voting either to keep the Pound or ditch the Pound.”
“A vote to leave the UK is a vote to lose the Pound.”
“Alex Salmond has no plan for currency in an independent Scotland.”
“The SNP wanted to turn the pound into the Eurozone but understandably the rest of the UK have said they don’t think this is a good idea.”
“The SNP Government had already ruled out using the pound without agreement in the way Panama uses the Dollar.”
“So what money will Scotland use?”
“What we need now from the SNP isn’t so much a Plan B but a Plan A.”
“Now that using the Pound is off the table, would we be rushing to join the Euro or set up an unproven separate currency?”
“Alex Salmond should stop making reckless threats about defaulting on debt that would put jobs and businesses in Scotland at risk.”
“People know that if you don’t pay your debts your credit rating is shot and that means everything is more expensive.”
“Help Better Together campaign to keep the strength and security of the UK Pound by donating what you can today.Alistair Darling
Better Together Leader”
Posted by Alan Jones at 10:30
Certainly, there is now an orchestrated campaign by the united Unionist parties who are ganging up on Alex Salmond and the SNP-led Scottish government, with the intent of persuading the people of Scotland to vote against independence. Lately, they have inveigled the support of the governor of the Bank of England (note:"England") and the head of the undemocratic and un-elected European Commission, Manuel Barroso. It is obvious that, as the election date approaches the powers that be are becoming worried, as the gap continues to narrow between the potential Yes voters and the No voters. The battle will be for the floating vote, the vote of those who remain undecided.
The scare-mongers are out in force, using whatever tools they can find, in an attempt to frighten the people of Scotland into remaining part of the Union. However, they may well be underestimating the pride and resolve of the trusty Scots and their efforts may back-fire. Once independence is a reality it is inconceivable that Scotland would be denied a currency of choice or admission to the European Union. Iceland was badly hit by the economic recession but is now bouncing back, mainly because the government allowed the banks to default and refused to bail them out. This government did not nationalise the banks and put the onus on the taxpayers to assume their debts. Scotland is well able to look after its own financial affairs and does not need advice from south of the border.
Every country in the world today is dependent upon the rest, and particularly those in Europe. Interdependence is a necessary fact in this global society, but the argument is that in order for the countries of the world to interact successfully they need their sovereign status, where every nation is a cog in the international machine, playing its part in the political and economic scenario. Scotland is undoubtedly a nation, as are Wales, England and Ireland. If not, there would have been no reason for them to go it alone, and as nations, these countries are entitled to govern themselves, while at the same time joining with other sovereign countries under the umbrella of the European Union and the United Nations. Without doubt, the countries which make up the European Union would welcome the admission of Scotland among their midst.
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