Monday, November 27, 2006

Is there an argument against Scottish Independence?

If there is, Labour can't actually think of one, instead they try and hide the fact by inventing odd scenarios.

Thanks Jeff for linking to the following statements by Tony Blair taken from The Scotsman (check out the telling comments)
"Two and a half million Scots have relatives in England. Hundreds of thousands work there, some, as you know, in quite important positions."

Mr Blair then turned on the SNP's defence policy, deriding Nationalist claims that Scotland would be a "nuclear-free zone". "So, if England's attacked, the fall-out will stop at Carter Bar?" he asked.

"The Union to me is not a constitution. It's a message to the world."
Also Rhys is feeling a bit un-Christian towards the party after reading Scottish Secretary Douglas Alexander's comments on the BBC website
"The Nationalists just don't get it. "While children throughout Europe are learning Cantonese, they (the SNP) want to re-enact Culloden."
If you ask me, it's these Labour British Nationalists who are stuck in the 1700's.

As for Scottish people having family in England, I'm not sure what this has to do with anything and how this would change following independence. My girlfriend's brother has moved to New Zealand (who are no longer bart of the the emipre) to live and work and married a Kiwi. He plans go back home to England this christmas with his new wife, and hoped to visit us in Wales as well. I hope they're still talking to me following the Rugby Union's latest PR blunder this weekend.

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Blogger Richard Thomson said...

Well said.

11/28/2006 1:01 am  
Blogger Gavin Ayling said...

Isn't it sad that the Scots must vote for a particular party to have this fundamental aspect of their democratic choice heard? Perhaps the same is true of Wales & England...

11/30/2006 12:25 am  
Blogger Rhys Wynne said...

Thanks both for commenting, it's nice to have new visitors.

Regarding the choice for Scottish voters who want independence: I'm not 100% sure, but unlike Wales (and England), I think some of the smaller parties (greens and socialist) are pro-independence.

But as you say, in Wales Plaid Cymru are the only option if you are a nationalist. As the party is mofdelling itself as leftist/socialist, this poses a difficult decision for right/free market voters who are nationalists/pro-independence.

11/30/2006 11:53 am  

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