|Quoting Tom12 (Reply 45):|
Just out of curiosity, what would happen to the Armed forces if we were to part
Good question. It's hard to see what use an independent Scotland would have for them, even harder to see how they would pay for them, and the prospect of splitting up say, the nuclear submarine fleet is hard to comprehend, particularly given the SNP's hostility to it. But if split it down population lines, the cast majority of the armed forces would remain English. Yet Scots make up a disproportionately high element of the armed forces - particularly army, so either they are transferred into the English forces, or the first act of a Scottish government would be to make a hell of a lot of them redundant.
|Quoting 777236ER (Reply 44):|
I realise I'm being simplistic about it, but it's still reasonably representative.
Indeed, because the simplisticness, which the SNP points up, cuts both ways. It's a racing certainty that there would be a mass flight of capital from Scotland in the immediate aftermath of independence (business hates uncertainty), which has led many to question whether a Scottish government would try to invoke export controls (against all treaties by the way) in the immediate wake of going alone.
In the medium or long term, it is indeed possible that Scotland could be another Republic of Ireland, but the Republic did go through a long period of fairly severe poverty by western standards. It's really hard to make any kind of case that Scotland would actually be better off in the foreseeable future as a result.
It doesn't help England either. For all the immediate benefit of getting a big chunk of public revenue back, it's hardly in England's interests for Scotland to go its own way. But the difference is that England would cope pretty well because it's so damn rich compared to the rest of the UK, and because 80% of the population are English.
This is why the whole idea is bonkers. There isn't a single advantage for Scotland to be independent. The chances are they wouldn't even be
any more "independent" than they are now. Whatever the SNP try to claim, it's purely and simply based on resentment of England. An independence campaign based on a chip on the shoulder. You'd hope that the vast majority of Scots are rather more mature than to wreck their futures because of a misguided belief that Mel Gibson had a point.
Personally, I too rather like being British. For all the family bickering, Scots are my people as much as the English, but the difference is that although separation would be with regret, England isn't going to go down the toilet. Scotland might.