Thursday, 23 May 2013
Scotland Has No Desire To Be Independent
I was alerted to this post of Captain Ranty's by a regular reader. Sadly I agree with what he says.
Like Ranty I too have supported independence for many a year and I was a keen supporter of the SNP for much of that time, but I can no longer support a party which spins the story that ridding ourselves of Westminster rule will allow Scotland to make its own decisions.
If the SNP has its way, cutting the ties with the Westminster parliament will only be cutting out the middleman - much to the delight of the EU.
Currently we are governed mainly by the EU and Westminster and Holyrood are the obedient henchmen who happily inflict every EU directive upon us. At times you have to dig deep to discover the source of what many consider are irrelevant or foolish political proposals, but dig deep enough and usually you'll find a connection with the EU. The 'gay marriage' Bills, in both Westminster and Holyrood, are good examples. The EU wants all European member states to legislate for gay marriage and Cameron and Salmond are happy to oblige.
All too regularly we're told Scots support the EU yet a poll I ran last year suggested otherwise.
Iceland continues to reject the EU, as it has done since 2009. That's why the current Icelandic government will not hold a referendum, because they know the answer will be NO. Iceland has far fewer resources than Scotland yet the people realise that by handing over control of their country to the bureaucrats of the EU, they would lose their ability to govern themselves.
If Alex Salmond was serious about independence, he would have proposed an in/out referendum on the EU before he set the date for the independence referendum. Was he feart that the answer would be 'out'? Perhaps. Or maybe, like David Cameron, he thinks Scotland will be appeased by his proposal that an EU referendum will be held after the independence referendum, if the answer is Yes.
The Scottish government's document states 'We need to become more internationalist and more engaged in Europe'. How can Scots become 'more internationalist'? I can't think of any small country which is as internationalist as Scotland. I've lived in Europe and elsewhere and as soon as I've mentioned I'm a Scot, I was warmly welcomed.
Presently we are 'engaged in Europe' up to our necks. How do we become 'more engaged'? By prostrating ourselves at the EU shrine and losing our identity?
I want Scotland to be like Norway or Switzerland; happy to be part of the European Friendship Club yet not close relatives. Having a 'seat' in Europe seems to be the ultimate goal of many Scottish politicians. That 'seat' possibly will be far hotter than they expect - and the burns far deeper. Only the people will pay the price.
Note: I looked for 'scotland+images' in Google and the above graphic was one of the first to show. How long before the St Andrew's flag disappears if we stay in the EU?
Editor's amendment: I have changed the 'Scandinavian countries' to Norway and Switzerland as I realise I was implying every Scandinavian country was part of the EEA, which if course is not the case.