Are We Going Solo?....Scotland Decides

MariahStarred Page By Mariah, 17th Sep 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country will take place on Thursday, 18 September 2014.
The referendum question, as recommended by the Electoral Commission, will be.. 'Should Scotland be an independent country'.
Voters can answer only Yes or NO. Residents in Scotland aged 16 or over can vote, a total of over 4 million people.
To pass, the independence proposal requires a simple majority.
Read on to find out more.

Scottish Independence?

Following the relentless and ongoing campaigning from the YES and the NO camps, Scottish voters will provide their answer in the poll booths tomorrow, 18th September 2014.

The latest opinion polls clearly point to a close division of public opinion,.. indications are such that this decision could go either way.

What is evident from the opinion polls is that the number of Scots in favour of Independence has dramatically increased.

Many more remain 'sitting on the fence' as to which way their vote will be cast.



Issues Dividing Public Opinion

A fear factor element is prominent amongst sectors of the Scottish public.
Although the majority are not 'happy with their lot' and want a better way of life.. fear of change in stepping away from the United Kingdom and going solo is considered to be too big a move to make and thought of as being risky.

The NO campaign has ignited those fears by continuous public statements of there 'being no way back' from an independent status.

An element of the Scottish public look at the prospect of Scottish Independence with the view of it being a disloyalty of allegiance to the crown.

Others take the stance that the queen will remain the Head of State accordingly, and that a vote for Scottish Independence is purely focused on the growth and development of the Scottish economy, aimed at the provision of securing a more optimistic and concrete future for the up and coming generations of Scotland.

Political Hypocrisy

Political hypocrisy has been rife in the midst of the Scottish Independence Campaign.

Former Scottish Prime Minister and Labour party minister, Gordon Brown, has engaged in very high powered and emotional public speeches, where he has pleaded with the Scottish Public to listen to and adhere to the bargaining pleas of a Tory Government, the same Tory government that he and the labour party have staunchly opposed and stood against for political decades.

The three musketeers..Prime Minister David Cameron, deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats Party, and Labour Party politician Ed Miliband, are all manically singing from the same hymn sheet..

NO NO NO..Please don't go
If you go..this is how we'll attack
Say goodbye to your pound
walk out the door...and you don't come back


You will be a foreign country
we've put fake borders up for effect
but if you keep your revenue coming in..
then Scotland..we will never again neglect..


Maggie Thatcher didn't mean it
when she said...the unemployed Scots were all moaning minnies
Sure Gordon Brown..your fellow Scot has spoken
sold you out for the Tory guineas..

What Happens In Scotland Stays In Scotland...

The people of Scotland will vote to decide what is best for Scotland, based on what we believe is the right way forward for us.

Opinions are divided as each and every one of us have the right to our views, opinions and reasons for casting the vote we chose, and as Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has stated..."The Scottish People are not easily fooled or swayed by political scaremongering tactics".

What will be will be...but it will be decided on our own merit, ..and in the absence of political manipulation.

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author avatar Mariah
17th Sep 2014 (#)

Thank you for the moderation and star Steve much appreciated

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
17th Sep 2014 (#)

Far be it for anyone to presume to tell a Scottish person what to do. How can Cameron and his ilk not know that?

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author avatar Mariah
17th Sep 2014 (#)

God loves a trier Steve ha ha desperate times call for desperate measures..thank you for reading and commenting.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
17th Sep 2014 (#)

Well if it is decided on a simple majority then I wish the country every success as it plots a new path to its future.

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author avatar Mariah
17th Sep 2014 (#)

Thank you Peter

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
17th Sep 2014 (#)

Then I think I will apply for a Scottish Passport (as a UK citizen)

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author avatar Mariah
17th Sep 2014 (#)

Let us know how you get on...

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author avatar snerfu
17th Sep 2014 (#)

Tomorrow is D-Day and I know there will be new "fires". Though it does not affect me in the least, other than that it may affect you Ms Mariah, I still feel a tingle because a whole country is "at war". Another 8 hours more!

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author avatar Mariah
17th Sep 2014 (#)

So well said snerfu, you are absolutely correct, whatever the result is.. there will be fireworks and a backlash because there is a clear division of opinion on this.
Thank you for dropping in and your kind comments my friend

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author avatar Retired
17th Sep 2014 (#)

Although I am Scottish by birth - and therefore wonder whether I could apply for dual nationality if the Yes side win - I am hoping for a No vote simply because the loss of all those Scottish MPs will make it likely that the rest of the UK will face permanent Tory government. That is something I really do not want!

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author avatar Mariah
17th Sep 2014 (#)

I understand your point of view there John, if we do become independent and the worst comes to the worst.. you could always consider relocating back to Scotland..thank you for reading and commenting

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author avatar Courtney
17th Sep 2014 (#)

Interesting article. I have been following this news story.

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author avatar Mariah
17th Sep 2014 (#)

Yeah it's domineered the news for weeks now Courtney..thank you for reading and commenting

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author avatar Lee Hansen
17th Sep 2014 (#)

It will be very intersting to see how the final vote will go. It is definitely a lot at stake either way.

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author avatar Mariah
17th Sep 2014 (#)

You said it Lee..not long now and
we'll know what's what..thank you for dropping in.

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author avatar Retired
18th Sep 2014 (#)

Oh, greetings, sweet Mariah. I enjoyed your solid and keen reporting in this article. I hope you're faring well, and I wish you the best outcome xx

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author avatar Mariah
18th Sep 2014 (#)

And greetings to your lovely wee self Susan...glad you found this enjoyable... I'm faring just fine, hope all is well with you my love..thank you xx

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Sep 2014 (#)

You have brought to us the different perspectives on this matter clearly Mariah. Emotions and logic are both at play here. The rest of the world is also watching as a vote for independence will embolden others in various countries to feel nothing wrong in taking such a step. Fear of the unknown and uncharted territory is also a factor and every leader has an ax to grind! siva

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author avatar Mariah
18th Sep 2014 (#)

Indeed Siva, there is a mass mixture of perspective here, this is an issue that should be decided purely on logic I feel, with each voter thoroughly weighing up the pros and cons of both the benefits and the risks involved..opinions have been voiced indicating feeling that Alex Salmond is glory hunting, but my take on that is that a vote for independence is not a vote for Alex Salmond, it's a vote to decide Scotland's future, and you are very wise to highlight that every leader has an axe to grind..thank you for your much valued input my friend.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
18th Sep 2014 (#)

Very interesting post and one that as Siva says the way you present the sides of the perspective. Scotland should become an independent nation and sovereign one and look ahead of its future and this upcoming generations as Scottish, free ones indeed. I voted Yes for the independence of a free Scotland!

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author avatar Mariah
18th Sep 2014 (#)

Awww me lovely Fern..you're just my favourite Irish man..thank you for your support my friend xx

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author avatar Terry Trainor
18th Sep 2014 (#)

As you said Mariah it's all about democracy, the majority will be the decider. My belief is that real people, like the voters, should make the decisions. By the way, if Scotland goes solo do I have to send my kilt back? Great post wee hen, ooops, little chicken.

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author avatar Mariah
18th Sep 2014 (#)

And as you say Terry..the people shall decide...and YOU shall keep your kilt forever more..I INSIST on that..when I tick the YES box today I'm also putting the words 'BUT ONLY IF TERRY KEEPS HIS KILT'..ha ha...thank you mate
your WEE HEN..xx

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author avatar Retired
18th Sep 2014 (#)

This morning's Times has a map showing all the territories in Europe in which there are active independence movements. There are about 40 of them. If they all got their way Europe would look like it did hundreds of years ago, full of self-governing mini-states. Would this be a good or a bad thing, I wonder?

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author avatar Mariah
18th Sep 2014 (#)

Well in the first instance any such independence movements would have to be solely based on each territory's ability to be self sufficient and many of them are not comparative to Scotland in terms of revenue.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
18th Sep 2014 (#)

Well, my sweet wee hen ...
Today is the BIG DAY...
A day that could be life changing for millions of people both sides of the border ..
I have a heavy heart for whatever the outcome will be , because this whole , enormous matter will affect hundreds of families , friends and loved ones inside and outside of Scotland ...
Already the precious Country is divided amongst itself ...as a Yes or a No ...that in itself is a time-bomb waiting to explode .
My prayer is , above all else ....that the right decision is made for All concerned , and that whichever way the vote turns out , there will be no hatred , vengeance , and bloodshed between one Scotsman and his neighbour .
God bless you dear wee Scottish lass .
Love Always
Stella ><

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author avatar Retired
18th Sep 2014 (#)

Bloodshed? Good Heavens no! This is Britain and Scotland we are are talking about - we stopped having civil wars in the 18th century!

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author avatar Mariah
18th Sep 2014 (#)

My sweet Stella, thank you for your kindness and good wishes, we just pray that whatever decision comes about today that it's the right one..you are wise to state that the division in the YES and NO camps could lead to unrest and rebellion when the result is announced..there have been reported acts of unpleasant rivalry amongst certain elements of society, and that we do not want.. we can just hope for a peaceful and united front whatever the outcome..God Bless and thank you for thinking about us..your wee hen always xxxx

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author avatar Delicia Powers
18th Sep 2014 (#)

Great article Mariah. There is so much passion and so much history behind this day...either way- I love Scotland and always will...!

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author avatar Mariah
18th Sep 2014 (#)

...And we love you right back..
Oh Delicia..the nation awaits with baited breath..thank you my dear friend, big huge Scottish hug on the way over xxxx

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author avatar C.D. Moore
18th Sep 2014 (#)

An exciting time!

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author avatar Mariah
18th Sep 2014 (#)

It sure is CD..we're all on tender hooks...not long now for the result, thank you for dropping in my friend

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Sep 2014 (#)

As far as I am concerned my thoughts about Scotland bring to my mind only you, Alex Ferguson and Andy Murray! I did hear that Scotland is a land of extreme beauty, in fact one of the most beautiful of places with a friendly people. You have spoken and I do wish the people well - siva .

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author avatar Mariah
20th Sep 2014 (#)

How lovely to be in such good company in your warm thoughts of Scotland, I'm honoured by your kind sentiments my friend...

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author avatar AjaySinghChauhan
25th Oct 2014 (#)

vary intersecting post and thanks for sharing it with us.

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author avatar AjaySinghChauhan
25th Oct 2014 (#)

Nice post

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