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Comment: Re:This isn't scaremongering. (Score 1) 433

by jez9999 (#47932487) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

As an English guy, you really have little idea (it seems) of the reasons why Scotland might wish to go independent.

I agree on that, mainly because I don't think there are any good ones.

* getting rid of the tories (Scotland has not voted for a Tory government in the last 20 years but has suffered many years of their policies)

Well they don't just afflict Scotland and it's not fair to judge the entire rest of the UK as if we all support the Tories, but whatever, I'm done arguing about this. I would just make a passing comment, though. Without one of those evil Tories, David Cameron, Scotland wouldn't be having an independence referendum. No, really - he had absolutely no requirement to hold one. Really quite ironic. He should probably be on the new Scottish flag. :-)

Comment: Re:Not going to be as rosy as the YES! campaign sa (Score 1) 433

by jez9999 (#47931237) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

No, not really. Anyway, why would Cameron care about looking like a tyrant to the Scots? The Tories basically have no presence in Scotland anyway, and nothing to lose. Nevertheless, there are myriad ways he could have set up the referendum to as to make it very hard for the SNP to win; requiring a 75% vote in favour for example, or allowing Scots currently resident in England to vote - or even allowing the whole UK to vote. Why he decided to set up a referendum extremely favourable to the independence campaigners is anyone's guess.

Comment: Re:This isn't scaremongering. (Score 2) 433

by jez9999 (#47927455) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

I don't see what the beef over immigration is -- it actually works both ways. There are about 1 million Britons living in Spain right now under the same rules.

England is one of the most densely-populated countries in the world. Part of the beef over immigration is that we need to build 100,000s of new houses every year because there are more and more and more people, and some of us would actually quite like to stop before we get to the stage of sea-to-sea housing developments.

Comment: Re:The opinion of an ignorant (Score 1) 433

by jez9999 (#47927339) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Evidence, please, that they "get screwed" on a regular basis? There was the Thatcher era, where they got hurt because anywhere that had powerful industrial unions did (not just Scotland, by any means). Apart from that, for the past few hundred years of union, Scotland seems to have done pretty damn well out of union.

Comment: Re:This isn't scaremongering. (Score 1) 433

by jez9999 (#47926931) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

I suspect the way things might go is like this - if there's a yes vote, the complications of cleaving the UK in two will soak up all spare Parliamentary time and political capacity for the next few years and push out an EU in/out referendum by some time. By this point the English will have realised that Scotland is desperately trying to get back in and being a part of the EU is a significant bargaining tool with the new iScotland. Seeing the effects of not being in the EU first hand will change a lot of minds, especially once the serious debates start going.

Then again, Scotland by that point will probably be in such a state that they would be a net recipient from the EU - meaning that unless the rUK pulls out, their EU contributions will be going to fund an independent Scotland that recently told the rUK to go fuck itself. Sounds like the best argument yet for leaving the EU. :-)

Comment: Re:This isn't scaremongering. (Score 2) 433

by jez9999 (#47926795) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Which makes it all the more hilarious that the Scottish Greens are supporting independence. Scotland's #1 economic crutch is basically going to be "drill, baby, drill!" How exactly does that fit their agenda again...? I guess all the million and one wind turbines will make up for it.

Comment: Re:FUD from start to finish... (Score 1) 433

by jez9999 (#47926367) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

And, on a more personal note: "Votez 'Oui', amis écossais ! Juste pour emmerder les Anglais !". The Auld Alliance shall rise again! ;-)

And, on another personal note, "Va te faire foutre, connard." Wait until Brittany is demanding to leave France because they have Parisiens so much. Wonder whether you'll be laughing so much then.

Firmly tongue in cheek. Of course.

Comment: Re:This isn't scaremongering. (Score 1) 433

by jez9999 (#47926313) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

What do they mean "no local banks"? There are no banks in Scotland?

Pretty much none Scottish-owned, no.

Or they have no currency all their own?

No. They use British pound sterling.

And why would leaving Great Britain curtail access to EU markets and freedom of movement?

Because they'd immediately be out of the EU and have to apply to rejoin, which would take at least several years.

Is Great Britain going to set up some sort of naval blockade around Scotland?

Could do, if they refused to pay their debts. Probably not though, as English politicians tend to be rather spineless. Wouldn't be surprised if they just gave Salmond half the British navy.

Comment: Re:This isn't scaremongering. (Score 1) 433

by jez9999 (#47926289) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

As a fellow European (Belgium, not UK) it's funny to see the arguments being used by the "better together" campaign. They are all typically the same arguments used by the rest of Europe for increased European integration

Scotland has a heck of a lot more in common with Britain than mainland Europe; linguistically, geographically, historically, and culturally, to name but a few. One union makes a lot more sense than the other.

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