Comment posted The eurozone crisis and the Independence referendum: time for proactive postponement? by newsroom.
We’re federalists – but overall will support any outcome voted for by a sufficiently substantial majority not to leave a lot of sore losers. This scenario would obstruct the sort of national cohesion necessary to make a success of whatever is eventually decided.
We do believe Scotland could survive as an independent country – but only if it had the shelter of a reasonably secure economic climate to find its feet and only if Scots realised that it will mean everyone working for success and rolling their sleeves up. Instead they’re being bought – a disrespectful process that, if successful, would breed a state unlikely to survive.
We prefer a genuine federalist solution – which no one is looking at – as that preserves the history of the home nations standing together as much in sacrifice as in good times – while creating a constitutional relationship that respects the independent identity and the large autonomy of each and giving each the benefit of solidarity and choice.
The coming decade of severe economic difficulty is not a time for any new country to be born in to. We have no doubt that few would vote for this – put of simple realism and intelligence.
Therefore we feel that pursuing the independence referendum at this time is an indulgence to no one’s advantage and to everyone’s disadvantage in distracting our attention from preparing ourselves as best we can for the hardship that is coming down the line.
We see no evidence that the Scottish Government’s mind is on this particular job and that is exactly where – above all things – we need it to be.
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