You are right, a very opportune moment gone but if Cameron reneges on promises for change, as it seems he's now trying for linkage, it sure might rear it's head again in short order. Yes, if they had the vote there probably is a bias overseas to the Union, but Salmond did not help his case with the educated by not being sorted on key issues such as currency and the economy going forward, just what were the income and cost projections to show the economic case was viable. Too much appeared to be wishful fiction, deamland not reality, without the figures.
Hi boss, hope you are well too. I know I've been tagged a deramper, but I'm not but now a born again realist. Obviously I/we cocked up not selling 3 yes back. It matters not one jot how much the p1/2 figures have improved if we can get enough cash together to get the show on the road. Having agreements with different interested parties is a positive if a small step forward, but with bressay needing $7b investment over the next 3 decades or so shows the uphill struggle. No doubt many are underwater here and management seem desperate to bring this to production. I would have thought a nice payday and long retirement sounded better myself, but hey !, what do I know, I'm just a hard working bricklayer. Having lost 26 k in gkp thanks to Isis, I would love to get it back! This is nowhere near as high risk as gkp, but is still none the less fairly high risk and it could be some time yet. Energy security must be high on UK gov list now with middle east Russia etc. Atb for all.
Scotland has decided, and it looks like they are going to be granted even more advantages than they had before. Notably the Barnett formula (which looked as though it was going to be abolished), has now been guaranteed.
The NHS will also be safeguarded north of the border.
It's now up to the other parts of the UK to secure some of the benefits living in Scotland brings, such as free university tuition, etc.
Many thousands of Scots are employed overseas for variety of reasons including work opportunities, money, experience broadening, skills requirements, marriage etc. Saw an estimation once that the equivalent of the population of Scotland over the years were either abroad or had migrated, many forming the bastion of the former Empire and Commonwealth.
So long as they retain their Scottish identity and desire to relocate home eventually, as many do on retirement or when suitable employment opportunities at home become available, they remain Scots born. They can be considered far more patriotic and of genuine Scottish origin than inward moving English or other foreign immigrants, there for economic reasons, many of whom will also not view Scotland as their long term or retirement home.
If I as a Scot am living in a foreign country for work, retirement, or other reasons I don't expect as a non citizen of that country to be able to vote locally, nor in most countries does it ever happen, the extent of one's association is a visa, work or residence permit, it's up you are out. Yet in my home country overseas Scots are currently considered almost as pariahs by the so called ruling class in Edinburgh, with no opportunity even for a postal vote. Most probably it's because they knew how many educated overseas Scots would have voted, not that many in principle would object to independence or more devolution, but by seeing the way and by whom this shambolic referendum was structured on both side of the border, and by who the country would be led by in the future if the vote had been yes. Jmo..
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