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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- Labour paralysis proves Lamont right
On the current position of the Labour party, Kassandra – both you and Malcolm, above, have foundation for how you see that position. This is because Labour is on a cusp, from where it can fall or rise – by its own actions.
That it may fail is the basis for the weak recent polling in respect of the May 2015 General Election.
That it may rise – and if it does it can present the most serious threat to the SNP – is the reason for the obvious SNP fear that this may happen.
You have a perfect right to wish it to fail; but if it does, it will leave the unicameral Scottish Parliament with a serious democratic deficit which does not take long to be to everyone’s disadvantage.
Never give too much power to anyone.
- Labour paralysis proves Lamont right
Looking at some of the comments above, we are unhappy with the degree of quite vicious and crude abuse of people whose views differ from those of the contributors in question.
We would ask contributors to be civil, to engage with the argument of the person to whom they are responding,and not to take the cheap shot lazy route of rubbishing and abusing them instead.
We are all human beings, distinguished by our ability to reason – than which there are few greater pleasures.
- Launch of a Credit Union for Cowal
Thank you for providing these missing names.
This is a very worthwhile initiative, particularly so in the Credit Union focus on community.
Our congratulations to everyone who has made this happen.
- Salmond finds irresistible his ‘dark star’ of London and his reviled Westminster
You will find that we have consistently been pretty excoriating on ‘Labour’s woes’.
Johann Lamont’s parting shot could not be more accurate – that Labour’s Westminster MP cadre has not understood at all that the driver of politics in the UK at the moment is Scotland and not Westminster.
If they cannot grasp that and recalibrate what passes for their thinking on that premise, they will not have earned support.
- South Kintyre by-election
How do the Greens feel about the extent to which the SNP and its followers are simply taking ownership of them – like a flower in the SNP buttonhole?
They decorate it well, of course, and did sterling service in the indy referendum, keeping mum at all costs – but they are paying the price of their lunch now.
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