The month of May this year seen the launch of the No campaign which is titled ‘Better Together’. On its platform stood the leaders of the Tories, Labour, Liberal Democrats and the former Chancellor Alistair Darling. Yes, Darling, the one who promised cuts worse than Thatcher’s.
There are many things which I disagree with Better Together on and those who represent their campaign. I believe fundamentally the promise of a somehow better Scotland within the United Kingdom is absolutely flawed. Especially from the political elite who have had centuries to deliver it. In this Blog post I’ll try to explore some of the arguments the campaign has presented thus far.
Let’s take a look at the “+ive (positive) case” they stand on according to the official website.
A strong Scottish Parliament within the United Kingdom gives us the best of both worlds: real decision making power here in Scotland, as well as a key role in a strong and secure UK.
Real decision-making power though is not present at the Scottish Parliament currently. We have no power to remove the nuclear weapons that reside, unwanted, on shores of the Clyde. Furthermore, what power does a parliament have that can’t even decide on who we go to war with or not? Is that really a strong power that our soldiers live at the whim of a parliament in London? In addition to this we of course do not have any say on other major things such as VAT which is so important it features twice in Scottish Labour’s 5 point plan for jobs. If Scottish employment is not being best served by Westminster then why does the Labour party, the self-proclaimed party of the working class, choose to stay within the UK?
In the UK the BBC and the Bank of England were founded by Scotsmen. The NHS was founded by a Welshman. The State Pension system was founded by an Englishman. Partners in these islands. Working together, better together.
Absolute meaningless guff that has no relevance to the question of Scottish independence in 2014. And for a start the NHS in England is being hammered by 2 of the 3 parties within Better Together. The vote in 2014 for me is about creating a more equal, prosperous and greener Scotland not token British nationalism. I see that they fail to mention any notion of the British Empire and it’s horrors. That is of course because doesn’t fit into the beautiful picture of a shared history with Britons working for a better society etc.
We are proud that we fought together to defeat fascism
We also still controlled a good portion of the globe in 1939-1945. Are Indians then Better Together in the UK because they joined us in the fight to defeat Fascism? No because it is a ludicrous thing to say which is utterly beyond contempt. To try and win votes based on the sacrifice of millions of people from around the world is disgusting. If Better Together had any sense this would be taken down immediately.
In an uncertain world Scotland’s security will be strengthened as part of the United Kingdom
This runs in contrast to the last time Scotland faced an attack, the failed Glasgow airport bombing, the bombers were radicalised due to their resentment of the UK’s foreign policy in Iraq, Afghanistan and support for Israel. Moreover the 2005 July 7th bombers in London were again radicalised by the foreign policy of the United Kingdom government…are you starting to see a correlation here? The security of the people of Scotland has not been strengthened by being part of the United Kingdom in recent years it has been weakened. It is fair to say an independent Scotland would be less likely to follow the imperialist past of the UK. Thus, Scottish security would be a lot better as we wouldn’t be the target of radicalised young men hell-bent on some sort of sick revenge. Who would want to attack an independent Scotland? Answers on a postcard please Better Together.
Hundreds of thousands of Scots and English have made their homes in each other’s nation.
This one for me has to be the worst argument I’ve read for a No vote in 2014, even worse than the World War 2 one. 700,000 British people live in Spain is that some sort of argument for joining the Euro, staying in the European Union or an amalgamation of the two countries? No because it is ludicrous. What exactly is the point of stating the obvious that some Scottish people stay in England and some English people stay in Scotland? Please don’t vote Yes because…err…well your uncle stays in Hull!
Out with their +ive case for unionism the Better Together campaign in recent months has come up with a ground breaking reason that dispels all socio-economic arguments for independence. 12 out of 13 Scottish Olympian medallists train in England. Yes that really is one of their latest arguments. To prove I am not making this up you can head over to their Facebook page to laugh at the table they have produced or click this link.