There are many benefits of living in a small independent nation. Complete influence over the decision of who rules our country. My vision for Scotland is to have a proportional electoral system which forces consensus in parliament, similar to the Scandinavian model. Scaremongers wax lyrical about the uncertainty of independence. I don't see it this way. No matter what we vote there is going to be uncertainty. For me the key question is who we want making the decision in our main national political forum. This dilemma wouldn't enter my mind in Scandinavia. We represent ourselves, and it seems to work very well.
The other aspect of the Better Together argument which confuses me, is their talk about the "abandonment" of England. Sweden and Norway's separate cultures are flourishing as well as maintaining strong ties. Actually the cultures overlap to the extent that I always shopped in Sweden, all Norwegian children watch Swedish television, and Swedes make up the biggest immigrant group in Norway. This is an easy relationship - building on historical, cultural and family ties. It absolutely is not abandonment. This is working together to help both nations. I hope that Scotland gets the opportunity to build these relationships for herself - in the UK, in the North, in Europe and globally.
|Bad headline day, Dave?|
|You say it's not like Iraq, but then you're a liar.|
|Unless of course he's standing next to me...|
|Bad News Dave?|
|Not used to losing, is he? And hasn't he aged?|