Monday, 17 February 2014

Salmond versus the Rest

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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