Our intention here is to provide reading material under the topics listed below.
I've taken the position that everyone knows the current state of
Scotland with its currently devolved powers within the UK and within the
EU. The question is thus - "Would Scotland and the Scottish people
benefit from being an Independent country?"
Historically Scotland has
benefited greatly from the Union in 1707. 10 Prime Ministers of Great
Britain have been Scots and many more Scots have been in the Cabinet.
Some 800,000 Scots of the current generation currently reside in the rUK.
The rUK is our largest export market and we sell more to them than we do
to the rest of the world combined.
The SNP have made it very
clear that should we vote for independence that they would ensure that
Scotland remains in the EU. I will state here that in my mind that
simply gives away our independence to a non democratic institution so
why on earth would we want to give up on Westminster, our largest
market, to be run by the EU where we would have less say that we
currently do under the UK?
This is not a party
political situation... it's about the future of Scotland and its people.
I personally have made a point of reading papers produced by both sides
of the argument. In actual fact there is a very good case that were we
to vote for independence that this would mean a whole new political
scene in Scotland and may even start the downfall of the SNP as it is
I personally take the
view that to win independence only to give up much of that independence
by retaining the pound and membership of the EU is not in Scotland's
best interest. However that is the view of the current SNP government.
Should that still be their view when we come to the vote then you need
to decide what is the best choice to make.
Everyone in Scotland must
make an effort to learn about what is at stake as our future, and that
of our children, will be decided by your vote.
I recommend some additional reading...
of England and Scottish Connections
This provides you with some reading on the history of England and our
relations with them. In particular you might read the book "The Scot in
The History of Ulster
While this is a 4 volume publication you might go to the foot of this
page to read the single volume book on "The Scot in Ulster".
Union of the Parliaments of England and Scotland 1707
This is a short article which provides some
good background on how it came about and provides a view on the benefits
So it is for this reason
that this section of our site will try to explain the options and
provide information for you to consider. I will say that most of
the reading I provide below is to papers and articles from other web
sites and the media.
It's not my job to
recommend which way you vote in the referendum and so I am just trying
to provide interesting reading for you to consider prior to making up
your mind. I might also state the obvious that you need to be wary of
what you read as both campaigns will obviously try to spin their own
views and already we are seeing the results of this in the media.
As this is a vital
referendum on the future of Scotland for generations to come it is vital
that you be as well informed as possible before you make your vote.
Summary of the White Paper from the SNP with links to the full paper
The Better Together Campaign
Where you can read about their case for staying together.
Agriculture & Forestry
Economy & Taxation
Arts & Culture
Justice, Law and Order
Population & Immigration
Security & Defence
Scotland in Europe
Scotland in the World
Scotland's National Borders
Monarchy Versus Republic
Major players in the Independence
This is where we will post some of the correspondence we get in.
Where we find general articles to do with the debate on the referendum
we'll post them here.
Ed Means Column
A regular column exploring the benefits of Independence.
Due to the Realm of Scotland web site closing down we've rescued some of
their reference documents with their permission.