Judging by all the anti-Westminster propaganda and hatred being pumped out by many of the YES campaigners, it's understandable that we 'down here' get the wrong impression!
They've turned it into an emotive referendum which suits the SNP as they have failed miserably and dare I say it deliberately, to produce verifiable costings of just how much their White Paper promises and independence will ultimately cost the Scottish taxpayer once the dust has settled!
Some of my concerns about the tactics of SNP , especially Salmond, as leader is that most of the tactic is to railroad through a Yes based on emotion and 'idealism'. It dates me, but Andy Stewart delivering "Scottish Soldier" looms large in my mind. The actual hard reality is being kept well suppressed, a great example was the supposed, by Salmond, 'leaking' of the information by the Treasury, about currency etc. at the subsequent press conference Salmond deftly used the old magicians ploy of misdirection, where he droned on about referring the "disgraceful" breach of confidentiality, demanding an explanation, enquiry etc. all diverting attention from the factual content of the information, which was pretty dire for the Scottish economy. The amount of "let's just say Yes now" and we can sort out the details later is utterly dishonest, the actualities and realities are not 'details' they are the crux of the matter, not bagpipers on misty hills.
"Details" such as will Scotland be allowed into the EEC ? Will they have to adopt the euro? Immigration from EEC? Though Salmond appears to assume keeping the £ is a right, another minor detail ignored. Even if Scotland could have a Scottish pound it's not Uk pound, so can float more likely and £Scottish = ? against other currencies. Scottish defence? Postal service, the cost to send a letter to remote parts of Scotland is heavily subsidised, from overall postal revenue, what happens to that? Details, details, details but lets not worry about them until afterwards.
I am a Scot "down here" and I'm a Scot who would naturally vote no...if I was able to vote, which I am not...however the no campaign has been so condescending, peddled out much crap, as have the media (Daily Mail typical) that do you know what, if I had a vote I would vote yes just to put my middle finger up at them and many Scots feel the same. Thats the point, I believe, well I know the majority of Scots do not want to be independant from the UK, even Salmond did not want independance...he favoured a third option of a more powerful Scottish government, but still part of the UK, but Cameron would not sign off on it. The No campaign have done more to galvanise the Yes vote than the Yes people could ever do and if it is a Yes vote then Westminister and the English media will have done more to bring it about than anyone. Westminster and the media, particularly the Daily Mail WILL be responsible for breaking up the UK
Therer are pretty detailed answers to all of these if you looked hard enough.
I agree totally with Iain T on this. As an outsider looking in I think that every time Westminster members open their mouths they encourage the yes vote.
WMDs may seem a waste of money but they are an effective symbol of power and allow us to sit at the table with the big boys (namely the US, Russia and China), without them we wouldn't get a look in and our political influence around the world would be greatly diminished. And the NHS will be as safe as the rest of the UK, although agreed it is becoming ever-increasingly underfunded although one could argue it's having the life sapped out of it by too much demand placed upon it that goes way beyond its scope on its inception.
When are all the published costings for the promises made in the White Paper or for all the other goodies Salmond has promsied?
He's been very verbose about his vision for Scotland and independence but extremely silent on how the Scots are going to pay for it all!
I have no axe to grind either way and wish the Scots the very best whichever way they vote but at the very least, you'd have thought Salmond would have had all the answers to such questions as currency union, EU membership, social policy funding etc etc sorted BEFORE the referendum and not leave it to a case of 'it'll be alright on the night'!