However, the Scots may well vote for this new Devo Max idea being floated all of a sudden by Alex Salmond;- apparently, some 70% are in favour of this option. This is all very well but it raises two major points that matter to taxpayers in the South East, who generate most of the UK’s national wealth. The first point is that whether they vote for Independence or Devo Max, it is imperative that the Scots take full responsibility for their own fiscal affairs and stop depending on London to fund the left wing agenda of their spendthrift Government. The second point is that; if Independent, Scotland will not have any MP’s at Westminster. Good.
If it is Devo Max that wins the day, the number of Scottish MPs allowed to sit in Westminster should be slashed to the bare minimum necessary. The economic arguments put by all sides of the debate tend to focus on ‘Scottish’ oil and the contribution this makes to the UK coffers. This ignores the fact that by UN rules on borders and boundaries, many of the oil fields would
fall under English influence. Plus it has been English taxes on the whole that have been invested into developing the oil fields.
There are other major issues like; which currency the Scots would use and who will defend them? Pro-Union MPs tend to use these big issues as ‘scary reasons’ why we should keep the Scots in the Union. However, most of the Unionist arguments seem to fall
back on rather woolly references to our ‘long association’ and how we ‘built The Empire together’. I would like to hear good sound economic and real-world arguments from both sides of the debate as to why our future should be together.
My personal view, as must be obvious by now, is that looking forward England (and London in particular) is better off separate from Scotland. Sir Malcolm Rifkind is a man I much admire both for his time as our Foreign Secretary and now as our Kensington MP. He is also a prominent pro-union Scot likely to be helping David Cameron
argue to maintain the status quo.
So I would like to ask Sir Malcolm to explain, in sound economic terms, why it is to his Kensington constituents’ advantage that Scotland is retained in the UK. If there is to be a referendum that is binding, then to quote Mathew Parris (another of my favourite Tories) “This is
a matter for all of us to decide, not just the Scots.”
Your thoughts again please, Sir Malcolm?