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This editorial from the Guardian is well worth a read. Check it out!
via The Guardian view on the Scottish referendum: Britain deserves another chance | Editorial | Comment is free | The Guardian.
Personally, I agree with the Guardian’s headline but felt that the arguments were too weak. I found the Guardian’s case too flowery and intellectual. I do not think that the Guardian’s case was direct enough for the average man or woman in the streets in Scotland.
If, the Scottish people vote “Yes”, they will be voting for an abstract national freedom. Against, this a “yes” will almost certainly mean greater economic hardship and risk. Independent Scotland would either be deeply accountable to the UK (as part of the GBP) or Europe (as part of the EUR).
The national identity that has been mentioned by the SNP will be largely like mercury. There will be huge extra costs to run an independent Scotland and massive one-time transition costs. Also there are serious questions about effective leadership and expertise to deliver the enormous strategic change.
In practical terms, very quickly after a “Yes” vote, I predict that the Scottish people will bitterly regret the decision.
Based upon my expertise in delivering strategic change, I further predict a rapidly escalating crisis.
On the other hand, I agree with the Guardian that power must be further devolved from Westminster. The political classes in Westminster need a good culling, in my view. They have not listened to the concerns of the average working and middle class person. Under David Cameron, the UK has become a haven for the wealthy and privileged.
In practical terms, if Scotland votes “No” at the referendum, they will still gain greater power and national identity – this will be achieved without the economic hardship and risk.
As part of the UK, the Scottish people can challenge the excessive bureaucracy from the European Commission. An independent Scotland would quickly be at the mercy of the troika, the ECB, the IMF and the EC.