Lads - we know u deserve independence, need to determine your own destiny, can be a viable country, want the govt you voted for, will become a shining beacon of prosperity and freedom that we all envy! But the share prices are going to drop. So out of pure greed, can you please vote for the Union?
Alternatively, can you have a 'few' drinks on Wed night so u don't get up in time to vote?
Not a problem for me at all . If that's what the people living in Scotland who are entitled to vote , want , then go for it . I agree with pretty much everything in that post... but ...and there is a but . What if they need us , what if the English and the Welsh and the N.Irish need us . The economy is booming according to the media but we all know that's cobblers , it's being driven by debt and a bit of a housing boom not by exports or manufacturing . Can't go on forever . Europe one of our main trading partners is , apart from Germany , a basket case . The national debt is increasing by the day , Osbourne hasn't made a dent in it , unlike Scotland the budget deficit is increasing on a yearly basis . In a few years time , if Scotland leave , borrowing costs could go through the roof . Not a pretty picture . ... So what if they need us , do we turn our backs because we feel hard done to on occasion .we've been neighbours and in the main good neighbours for a long time . Do you just say tough titty , not sure I could .
There is more oil left under the north sea than we have extracted since 1979. Fact. But this isn't even a big issue in the referendum. We simply want to govern ourselves. We simply want the government that we actually voted for. We want to make our own decisions and stand on our own two feet, to make our own mistakes and live by our own values. We are a nation and we want our centre of gravity in Edinburgh not London. That's why we'll be voting Yes. We don't hate the English, we simply love being Scottish. Why is that such a big problem for you?
Not antagonised in the least mate please don't think that , I'm really not bothered which way the vote goes . I could make a case for both sides but it's more fun acting as Devil's advocate .On that basis I doubt the OBR are quite as independent or accurate as you seem to think . As for oil reserves , no idea what the reserves are , what the recoverable reserves are , or what new technologies are being developed to get it out but I'm sure Salmond has taken future energy needs into account and won't be relying totally on oil .
US household incomes stagnate despite economic recovery: "The United States has suffered another year of stagnant incomes as the economic recovery fails to translate into rising prosperity for average households. Inflation-adjusted income for the median household rose by just 0.3 per cent in 2013, according to new figures from the Census Bureau, and is no higher than a quarter of a century ago." (Financial Times)
Sept 16 (Reuters) - Support for independence in Scotland has risen three percentage points to 48 percent, an ICM poll for the Scotsman newspaper showed on Tuesday, two days before a referendum on whether Scotland should split from the United Kingdom.
The poll showed support among Scottish voters for staying in the United Kingdom at 52 percent, falling from 55 percent in a similar poll last month.
When the 14 per cent of voters who have yet to make up their minds were included, support for the union was at 45 percent while support for secession was at 41 percent, the Scotsman said on its website. (Reporting by Alistair Smout, writing by Guy Faulconbridge, editing by William Schomberg)
“Perfectly feasible according to independent financial experts. It would be linked to an oil fund.”
Sir Ian Wood has said that Salmond’s government is exaggerating reserves by up to 60% and that the Yes campaign have misquoted figures from his own review into the oil reserves. He says that young voters should be aware that by the time they're in their 40s Scotland will have little offshore oil and gas production.
Bob Dudley said last week, quote, "The province is now mature and I believe Sir Ian Wood correctly assesses its future potential.”
Ben van Beurden of Shell agrees also.
The independent OBR reckons that oil revenue will fall to £3.5billion in 2018-19.
Re: the NHS, I agree with you.
My point was more to do with Salmond & Co.'s being so “on the offensive” with this issue. Considering what’s at stake, it’s the extent of his/their hypocrisy and/or the frightening lack of self-awareness that I take issue with.
PS. Jings (and anyone else for that matter), as this is all quite a sensitive subject I would just like to make it clear that I’m in no way trying to antagonize anyone or start a spat. Anything I post on this is done so without malice.
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