Scottish Independence: Alba Gu Brath

{Runner up of 'Movellas Gets Political contest}

What will independence mean to the Scots?

Alba Gu Brath.


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Scotland is currently a part of the UK – formed with the 4 countries, England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. All  major decisions concerning all of these countries, which include; Immigration, military, and taxes are made in Westminster, London. Scotland has it’s own parliament called Hollyrood, but the parliament has no say in some of the most important issues and is only obligated to make decisions on health, education, agriculture, and other things alike.

Scotland is now on a road to independence with the Scottish Nationalist party leading the people. Questions ring from both sides of the argument; why now? Why bother? How can we guarantee Scottish independence will do Scotland any good?

Truth is, there are many answers, but none can be guaranteed. We’re going in blind, but that’s the step most Scots are willing to take to gain back their nationality; a Scottish man, not a British man. It’s what Scottish people fought to keep throughout history, but unfortunately lost and eventually signed an allegiance with England, forming United Kingdom.

Now Scotland appears dependant on Westminster for its funds, and that’s why still many Scots are against Independence but that’s simply not the case. Scotland could, in fact, survive as an independent country.

Statistics show that Wealth per head in Scotland is almost 20% more than that of the UK as a whole, proving that individuals in Scotland are capable and wealthy. It’s also now known that Scotland pays more tax than others in the union; Scottish people pay £10,700 per head were as the UK as a whole pay £9000 per head. In an independent Scotland, we would have control over tax (which we do not now) and it would allow Scottish politicians to give back money to the Scottish people that they deserve.

Parties like Labour are against independence for their own benefit – if Scotland comes out of the union, there would be slim chance of Labour ever gaining a majority vote in the UK.

Simply, sometimes, it comes down to a cultural idea. Many Scots just want to be known as Scotland, they want their homeland to be heard and known, because many 3rd world countries don’t know that England and Scotland are two different countries, in fact, not many 1st world countries know much either. It’s down to their nationality, and they’re proud of it.

Some people are wary that Scotland won’t be able to stand on it’s own two feet and might collapse within the first few years – but that is very unlikely. Although oil isn’t a permanent money source, it will provide us for the next few hundred years as we build our economy so we can support us through other means. Currently Scotland has the biggest oil reserves in all of Europe and is also the main provider of oil, but the thing is, almost all of that money earned through oil crosses the border into England and stays down there. Scotland would become one of the richest nations in the world if independence came, and oil would be a big part of it.

There was recent debate of the privatisation of the Royal Mail – the UK postal service and is currently run by government. Westminster – more specifically the Tory party – want to privatise the service, meaning it won’t have any association with the government. The majority of politicians in England are for this privatisation, but statistics show that roughly only 10% of Scottish politicians are for the privatisation. The thing is, this won’t have any impact on the decision, because Scottish people have next to no say. There are similar things that have happened that Scotland and England don’t agree on; like the Bedroom Tax – a tax that takes money from people living in council houses for having a spare room, often leaving the people with little money. Scottish politicians were fiercely against this, English politicians were not. If Scotland were to become independent, decisions would be made that are more tailored to the Scottish people and their needs, therefore creating and fairer and more equal country.

In the run up to this vote, the Yes, Scotland! Campaigners will be working hard to spread the facts and stop Scottish people from reading the biased facts. Currently it’s a 50/50 split in Scotland on what to do, but there is one year remaining and when the time comes anyone 16 and over will be eligible to vote for their country.

The Yes, Scotland campaign has support worldwide, especially in Wales, Ireland, and America, where they’ll all be watching and waiting for the moment a country gets to run themselves by their own rules, where the cliché picturesque Scots run around with their ginger beards and kilts throwing logs and luring tourists on Haggis hunts.

For now, though, we are waiting. It’s now Scotland’s time to make an important decision for themselves, but what it comes down to is will the people of Scotland make the right one?






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