Imagine if Scotland were already an independent country
There's been a lot of talk about Scotland's independence referendum since 18 September 2014, with many of us still campaigning in our communities for a YES vote.
Of those who say they will vote no, most become undecided when asked what they would do, if Scotland were already an independent country being asked to join the UK.
So, consider this thoughtful take on independence from Blair Jenkins, Chief Executive of YES Scotland.
- You will get a government you didn’t vote for.
- Your main parliament will move hundreds of miles away, and your MPs will be in a tiny minority.
- All of your oil and gas revenues will be handed over to the London treasury.
- The biggest nuclear weapons arsenal in Western Europe will be built on the Clyde, just 30 miles from your largest city.
- You will be joining a country where health and education are being privatised.
- Now and then you will get dragged into an illegal foreign war.
- An austerity budget will be imposed from London, cutting jobs and threatening the provision of vital public services.
- Weak regulation of the banks will bring your economy to the brink of disaster.
- And, on top of all that, the most vulnerable people in society, instead of getting protection and support, will be interrogated and humiliated in order to deprive them of the very meagre level of provision to which they are entitled.
How would you vote then? Think about it. It has to be a resounding YES in 2014.
If this convinces just one person to vote yes, who in turn helps to convince one more, we will win this historic vote in Scotland's Independence referendum!