Guys I don’t normally do this kind of thing but more and more I am meeting people opposed to an Independent Scotland. I would be the first person to admit that I don’t have a huge grasp on politics but these seem like some pretty sound Ideas put forward by Alex Salmond at the recent SNP conference:
· For every one of the last 30 years Scotland has generated more tax per head than the UK as a whole.
· Without a single penny from the North Sea our national income, per head, is virtually the same as the UK’s.
· With oil, our economy is almost one-fifth bigger. And we produce six times as much oil as we need.
· We (scotland) have more top universities per head than any other country in the world.
· Our food and drink industry is entering a golden era.
· Scotland has been declared the world’s top travel destination
· Foreign investment is at a 15 year high.
· Wind, wave and tidal energy can make Scotland the green powerhouse of Europe for decades to come.
· We are a hotbed of life science innovation.
· There are only two countries in the world with the great fortune of having huge oil resources who have failed to establish a savings fund to benefit future generations. The UK and the Republic of Iraq. The problem for Scotland is that for forty years Westminister has squandered that vast oil wealth.
[…Where the Scottish Parliament has had power to make decisions about Scotland they have introduced…]
·Free personal care supported unanimously by every party in the Parliament.
· Access to education based on the ability to learn not the ability to pay.
· A 39 year low in crime and a record number of police officers on our streets.
· And the Council Tax Freeze – saving hard-pressed families in Scotland £1,200 when just about every other household bill is rising.
Friends, where we have the power we have chosen a different path.
Remember - the Bedroom Tax was opposed by 90% of Scottish MPs in the House of Commons - yet it still passed and now penalises 80,000 households in Scotland – 80% include a disabled person.
· Despite privatisation elsewhere in the UK, Scottish Water remains in public hands and now Scotland has the lowest average household water bills in these Islands.
· In real terms the minimum wage has failed to increase in almost a decade. Indeed in every single year since the recession of 2008 that minimum wage has failed to keep up with the cost of living.
We seek a country where we make work pay not by humiliating those with disabilities but by strengthening the minimum wage.
We seek a country where key public services remain in public hands.
We seek a country where business prospers but where the public are protected against the abuse of monopoly power.
We seek a country where the right to health and education are based on human need and ability not on the size of your wallet.
I am not a stubborn or narrow minded person if anyone has any argument why this is a bad idea, I would honestly love to hear it. I would hate to make the wrong decision about something as important as this.
However I feel like for too long Westminster hasn’t been doing enough and I want to see some change.