Referendum in Scotland

Baroness Quin
Living in Northumberland not far from Scotland I am more and more concerned about the consequences of an independent Scotland and know too that fears and concerns are shared by many people on both sides of the border.
The big worries have already featured in the debates.  Will there be a different currency North of the border?  Will passport and border security controls be introduced?  Alex Salmond replied “no” to both questions but how can we be sure?  Indeed how can there possibly be a guarantee that no future government on either side of the border might not unilaterally bring in such measures if they deemed that economic or security circumstances warranted?  One Scottish voter told me “I’m not giving up my British passport for anyone!”  But in an independent Scotland will retention of British passports by Scottish nationals be possible?
A variety of other issues, some big and some less important are also being raised. Our East Coast train services from London to Edinburgh and beyond, efficiently run by the public sector, are expected to be put out for franchise – but how will that work when 2 separate governments are involved?  Much in the referendum debate has been said about the future of the NHS but in the English border town of Berwick people are worried that they will no longer be able to access hospital services – including A and E – on the Scottish side which are much nearer geographically than those further south.  Some 30,000 people cross the border each day in both directions for work.  Will they be subject to different taxation rules in the future?  Will the companies they work for be subject to different rules and different types of red tape?
Other questions raised which, of course, do not only affect those of us in the borders are equally wide ranging from concerns about the future of Premium Bonds currently managed from Glasgow and open to all UK citizens to purchase, to what happens to the jobs of Scottish-based civil servants working for UK-wide institutions and departments. And then there are other serious issues such as the future for Scottish-based servicemen in our armed forces.  If they want to continue in the British Armed Services will they be forced to relocate south of the border?
While economic issues have dominated the campaign there are in my view as many reasons for the heart to reject independence and separation as the head.  It has been estimated that at the time of the Union in 1707 only 2 per cent of Scots had relatives in England.  Today that figure is a huge 50 per cent!  In the Borders we know that those family links are particularly significant and are treasured.
I believe in devolution and in bringing government closer to people and hope that it can be further strengthened within a sound cooperative framework for the UK as a whole.  But devolution is very different from separation, division and divorce which, if there is a Yes vote on 18th September, is the sad future before us.

3 comments for “Referendum in Scotland

  1. MilesJSD
    09/09/2014 at 10:32 am

    Even from the very beginning of human-development,
    of being able to be Happy,
    there is already an inescapable need for Inter-dependence;
    wherefrom all becomes “varying matters of ‘degree’ “.

    In the hidden heart of this national [or rather nation-state] constitutionalising [or re-constitutionalising] matter lurk two dynamic core-terms needing to be thoroughly dialogued, scrutinised and kept in the open fresh air.

    One is old: “Independence”;
    and must start from every individual-lifestyle and personal-efficiency therein, “bottom-upwards”
    [for without fit-for-purpose individuals you can’t build a fit-for-purpose Nation, nor thereupon a fit-for-purpose Nation-State].
    The historical sequence both of each individual’s personal-&-social development
    and of a whole Nation of Peoples’ Nation-State development is to become or be-becoming
    1 Happiness make-able
    2 Responsibility taking
    3 Efficiency building
    4 Independent
    5 Freedom ensuring.
    [so already “Independence” itself still falls seriously short of the ultimate mark].
    The second is similarly still “in the dark”: namely
    as distinct from Sustainability.

    Some instantiation of this is called upon to lighten its darkness a little:

    Hitler’s Third Reich might well have been sustain-able , economically, militantly [= militarily], politically, socially, culturally, and most of the rest of what we-some-of-us-or-they, think essential for a Civilisation to succeed;
    but the unacceptable issue was that from its inception that Third |Reich was not sustain-worthy.

    Scotland’s Oil Fields might have been far longer sustainable if they had been conserved
    [instead of being non-sustainworthily tantamountly greedily-grabbed by the upper-English-class PM Margaret Thatcher for the fast-track further enrichment and ‘security’ of the [British, or English ?] upper and middle classes.

    The Global Consumerist Goal is neither sustainworthy nor even sustainable for this Earth-1 Human Race’s strategic Short-term; it is both too wasteful and too ‘unfit-for-fitness-building’.
    The ‘hidden’ message For the seriously response-able and responsible individual, wherever in the World, is
    “First increase your personal ‘independence’ progress”

    A short sequence of guides is recommendable:
    1. a) Selver’s “W aking Up” (Littlewood & Roche);
    b) Hanna’s “The Body of Life”;
    c) Karrasch’s “Meet Your Body”;
    2. (d) Rubenfeld’s “The Listening Hand”.

    Then when the essentially ‘self-improving’ individual is progressing, as a ‘monad’; turn to participative-democratisation, using
    3. a) de Bono’s “Six Thinking Hats”;
    – b) Gordon’s “Leader Effectiveness Training” Method III of Needs and Hows
    Cooperative Problem Solving;

    4. Knit it together with your own already existing and in hand best guidances.
    Maybe it is not utterly too late to take up such above needs, in this Scottish-&-English Independences Matter.

    • maude elwes
      15/09/2014 at 1:37 pm

      From my point of view, Miles, I think a grand finale which includes the bagpipes would be a good token for this weeks voting population of Scotland. So, as my Dad is not with us any longer, on his behalf, as he was a Scot, I give you his favourite pieces. He would have loved this ballot. In fact, he would have died for it.

  2. maude elwes
    20/09/2014 at 11:32 am

    There is a cry of vote rigging from many sources.

    The answer to that is, have all the Scottish people who voted, Yes, send to a place in Glasgow and or Edinburgh a postcard with their name, address and which polling station they went to. Count them, then if it doesn’t fit with what the figures we have been given record, start looking to prosecute for fraud.

    it would not be the first time vote rigging has been called here and it appears to be getting worse.

    How is it I feel this would not surprise me at all if found to be an accurate account?

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