This is the last day before the Scottish referendum and I feel compelled to make one last personal statement.
There are 4.2 million voters registered to take part in the referendum on Scottish independence. There are approximately 42 million voters in the remaining areas of the United Kingdom.
If the people living in Scotland vote Yes they will have effectively brought about the end of the United Kingdom. Never mind what happens to Scotland, a Yes vote will affect 10 times as many people outside Scotland. There is something very wrong in that. Judging by the panic and despair in David Cameron’s voice over the last few days, he has finally realised the damage he has done to the United Kingdom by signing the Edinburgh Agreement. If the vote is Yes he will be forever known as the Prime Minister who allowed the breakdown of the United Kingdom and would have to resign in shame. No wonder he is worried.
A Yes vote will affect the rest of the UK, most obviously, the physical size of the country itself. Without Scottish MPs the size and political make-up of Parliament will change. Sterling is up and down with the changing forecasts. How will our standing within the UN, NATO and the EU be affected? Will we be regarded as the Dis-United Kingdom?
I cant blame the Scots if they did vote Yes, after all Alex Salmond is promising a stellar future free of interference from Westminster. He may have overlooked to tell you that Brussels has an even greater reputation for interference as he glibly assumes that Scotland will be welcomed into the embrace of the European Union. He has given the vote to young school children in Scotland and appears to dismiss the possibility that they may leave Scotland as the reality of independence takes hold. There is no point in listing the possible disasters facing an independent Scotland because those supporting the No vote have been there and done that and those supporting the Yes vote have chosen to extol Utopia. Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon appear to gloss over any difficulties put to them by the media.
Politicians? Bah humbug!
The only saving grace is that the decision is still too close to call and that there appears to be a considerable proportion of voters who are considering the long term advantages of Union instead of the idealistic fervour of the Nationalists. Lets hope common sense prevails and we stand united.
That’s my opinion anyway. Your comments are welcome.