The debate about the future of our northern cousins rumbles on and on and on……

Politicians have their own galvanised view, none more so than the leader of the SNP, whose remit seems to be: make Scotland independent, whatever the cost financially and corporally. It doesn’t seem as if he has a clear idea of what he wants independence to achieve. Just to break away from the rest of the UK because they’re not Scottish is a specious argument and really doesn’t bear scrutiny. What it appears to me that what Salmond and his cohorts want is just to be Scottish and that’s all. From the point of the rest of the UK Scotland is part of our union and it seems ridiculous to break away from what is, for better or worse, the best arrangement on this small island.

The SNP quote breakaway countries that were behind the iron curtain and other countries like Belgium as being successful small countries once controlled by bigger ones. None of them are islands though and there is a serious point regarding that. If Jihadists rise up and decide to invade the UK post independence(PI), who’s going to defend the northern borders and approaches? Theoretically the RAF and Royal Navy will quit Scotland PI, and all those army regiments associated with Scotland will surely do the same? This is an urgent situation which ain’t going to be resolved in a hurry. No-one in the SNP has an military experience or even interest. Its all very well saying ‘we’ll be better off’ and ‘we don’t need England’, but if we were to be invaded, it might be slightly different. I doubt the Jihadists will treat Scotland as an independent or neutral country, so the rest of us would have to provide defence to protect our borders. I doubt if Salmond and his gang have thought of that. The first responsibility of any government, in any country, is defence of the realm. Defend borders, stop intruders, invasions etc. Yes I know we haven’t been invaded since Roman times, but it could still happen. The only way out is a pact with the rest of the UK to defend Scotland, bailing it out if they get into financial difficulties, supporting their entry in Europe, supporting their free prescriptions, free university places etc. Oh hang on we do that now don’t we?

So what’s the point of Scottish independence? Not to just be ‘Scottish’ as Sean Connery et al want, even though they don’t live there. No, there has to be cogent argument for independence, a good long-term plan which will sustain and support the country for a very long time, not until Salmond and his crew have lost the next Scottish elections, when the population see the folly of voting for separation, and the country without the support of the greater UK, falls into the worst depression and anarchy ever seen on these shores. Couldn’t happen? Couldn’t it? The jury will decide in a weeks time.

About cliverh

Retired aerospace engineer, first with the Royal Air Force and then BAE Systems. Now enjoying a variety of activities and not getting bored. I was a Games Maker Volunteer at the London 2012 Olympics and a volunteer at the Rugby World Cup 2015 in England. I was also a volunteer at the 2019 Cricket World Cup in Southampton. I intend to blog about what interests me.
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4 Responses to Scotland

  1. The Phraser says:

    Hi Clive – I think most of the world’s dangerous, desperate spots right now are down to hearts ruling heads. Scotland and its people are renowned around the world for their intelligence; reason; courage; fortitude; work ethic; honesty; sense of social responsibility; and ability to see through sham. I pray those qualities hold fast in the face of an extraordinary political campaign by the SNP. The planet is not really bothered about who puts their flag where – we all share responsibility for her and each other. I hope we stick together.

  2. Ian says:

    I think its about time we had an independent England, we close our borders with the EU,Scotland, Ireland and Wales, charge everyone to get in and out, remove all the non English people from our country, sling out all those claiming benefits that have been out of work for more than a year or get more than £10k in benefits and batten down the hatches! Just think we could be like the Isle of Man or Jersey in a few years, all millionaires! (By the way that was sarcasm) Think its the same with the Scots, If Scotland is so great why do so many leave?

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