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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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I’d vote to go if I was Scottish

Like Sir Chris Hoy, I’m proud of my country.

He’s proud of being Scottish and British, I’m proud of being English and British.

If the positions of England and Scotland were reversed, I’d be campaigning for English independence. If I was Scottish, I’d be wearing a ‘vote yes’ badge as I type this.

The Scots Nats keep likening themselves to the Scandinavian countries.

Small, dynamic and rich in natural resources. That may or may not be true, but one thing I am sure about is that the Scandis all also have their own currencies. So why can’t the Scots go it alone with their own currency?

If Norway, Sweden and Denmark can run their own banking system, why not Scotland? Look at all the woes Iceland has been through with its banking crisis. They managed to sort themselves out and pull through and retain their own currency.

We can still be close trading partners with separate currencies. It works for Northern Ireland and the Republic. And it works for the Scandi countries.

Alex Salmond wants to keep Sterling as part of a currency union in the event of a “Yes” vote.

Last week, Chancellor George Osborne said a vote for independence meant walking away from the pound. The Conservatives, Labour and Lib Dems have all stated that they will not allow an independent Scotland to share Sterling.

The Scots should not be bothered. They should be completely in control of their own economy. Isn’t that the main reason for it going it alone? Scotland cannot be truly independent if the Bank of England controls interest rates. Scots Nats have to have the courage of their own convictions. Independence is independence. That includes monetarily.

If they do get independence, maybe they’ll start producing some top quality TV thrillers like The Bridge and The Killing from Scandinavia.

I’d vote for that.

Have your say

Good on the Scots for going it alone. I hope in the future the English government will take a breath in and pull England out of the EU as the Scottish government has said they will do when they have become independent. I wish them all the luck in the world.

Posted by shelley on 14 April 2014 at 19:48

I recently was working in Dumfries just for a day, decided I would get a newspaper to read while having my lunch, went into a local newsagents had a look for a paper Express or Mail could not see these asked the guy behind the counter did he have a Daily Express his abruptly answered we do not sell foreign newspapers here!
I think he had made his mind up he was voting yes!

Posted by Mr F on 9 April 2014 at 13:18

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