Your comments about Scotland not having the resources to survive as an independent country fly in the face of even the Unionists who grudgingly concede that Scotland could be a successful independent country. It sounds like the type of logic you would expect from misinformed individuals who reside in a very desirable area of England’s capital city. The fact the individual in question was raised in the west of Scotland is all the more disappointing and insulting. A bit lazy if you don’t mind me saying so Sharleen when even the most senior anti-independence Unionists don’t agree with your logic for voting No.
As for thinking it is right that Scotland has its own parliament that is the only sensible thing you’ve said in your reasoning for voting No. The problem with the Scottish Parliament as it stands is that only 15% of powers are devolved from Westminster and even after the much lauded and amended ‘Scotland Act 2012′ that 15% will only rise to 30%. This means that as part of the United Kingdom Scotland can only hope to make 30% of decisions affecting Scotland and the other 70% will be retained by Westminster. How many self resecting Parliaments of the world can you name that allow another Parliament they did not elect to have 70% control of their affairs or worst still 85% as it has been and still is until the changes come into force? saying that we have the ability to vary tax up or down by 3p in the pound is not quite the same as saying we have full control of all tax raising powers and full control of all our vast resources. Perhaps you need to get out of your ‘Exclusive Primrose Hill Set’ and visit that house you still have in Scotland a bit more often. Whilst there you might want to talk to those poor individuals less fortunate than you who might be struggling to pay their ‘Bedroom Tax’ or who have had their benefits cut or axed altogether because unqualified contractors such as ‘Atos’ have deemed their blindness or the fact they have no limbs is only an excuse and they are in fact work shy scroungers who are eligible to work. I don’t know where you get your information about Scotland but it sounds like the typical response one receives from those who accept everything they read in the usual ”British Tabloids’.
I have a genuine fondness for your music and regard you as a very talented singer. However, I find your politics very immature and poorly thought out. It is the type of response you get from those who tend to repeat what they have heard on the BBC or read in a Better Together ‘Project Fear’ propaganda leaflet. Having said that I look forward to your detailed analysis describing how you formed the ‘considered’ view and I quote:
“I think it’s very important to have a Scottish government who make decisions for Scotland but I can’t understand how Scotland would survive independently.
“We don’t have the resources – like oil and gas – we’d need to keep Scotland afloat.
“And to me, if you can’t survive, then what’s the point of breaking away?”
I suppose in some abstract sense you have a valid point in that we don’t have the resources – like oil and gas – we need to keep afloat and that is because the Westminster Parliament in London has control of those resources. A situation that will dramatically change in the event of a Yes vote with considerable urgency I might add. If you are saying that we don’t have such resources because they do not exist then you are definitely talking out of your rear end, regardless of how pleasant on the eye that rear end might be. The Scottish Government has estimated a very ‘Conservative’ £1.5 Trillion worth of Oil Revenue still to be recovered over 40 years but the Experts within the Oil Industry, who have invested over £25 Billion in the last few years on research and development believe the true figure of Oil Revenue to be nearer a staggering £4.5 Trillion over the next 40 years. Furthermore, contrary to the doom and doom scare stories yet again hurled out that the oil is ‘Running Out’, said experts who actually work in the industry and do not have a political axe to grind have indicated that the Oil could possibly last for another 100 years.
If you are going to spout your mouth off and attach your colours to the Unionist Mast then at least do us the courtesy of actually researching the facts first. If the Prime Minister, David Cameron and the ‘Leader’ of the Better Together Campaign, Alistair Darling accept that Scotland has what it takes to be a successful independent country then who are you to argue with them? Especially when both have all the resources of the Civil Service and the British Establishment at their disposal. If they are admitting that Scotland could be successful as an independent nation then you perhaps should listen. After all they are the figure heads of the Anti-Independence No Campaign.
Incidentally, I also have a genuine fondness for the music of ‘Eddie Reader’ and I think she is also a very talented singer. Unlike you though, she started off as a sceptical Labour supporter and after doing a lot of ‘Research’ changed her mind and is now an ardent supporter of Scottish Independence. I don’t know which of the two of you have been more successful as a singer in terms of record sales and I don’t really care but I am pleased that Eddie Reader at least bothered to do her homework before opening her gob. I am equally disappointed that you clearly have not done your homework before opening yours. There isn’t even a need to mention the legendary ‘Annie Lennox’ who has sold over 80 Million records and has been given countless awards and accolades.