It would appear that for some reason someone using the name Better Together(if it’s really them) have decided to respond to one of my blogs, I’m flattered, here’s me thinking that no one bothered to read them. But anyway this might be a long blog as I have responded to some of their points raised. You decide for yourself what they have had to say.
ME – YES vote will mean you will decide the future government and first minister of Scotland in 2016.
BT -Comment – We have had a government in Scotland under Alex Salmond for some what exactly has he achieved the yes vote is just another way for him to get publicity because he has been losing ground in Scotland
ME – Well we can talk about prescriptions, free travel, mitigation of the bedroom tax, no redundancy policies, water remaining in public hands, no creeping privatization of the Scottish NHS to name a few and given the SNP vote share has gone up in all holyrood polls I just don’t see where you are coming from, maybe you don’t actually live here.
ME – A NO vote means that the south east of england/london will decide who will be prime minister in 2015, David Cameron or Ed Miliband anyone.
BT – Comment – If Scotland cannot be bothered to vote effectively for a UK election what makes you think Scotland will be any more effective in voting Yes.
ME – In what way does Scottish voters not vote effectively? Given that Scottish voters could vote for a monkey for Westminster and it would do nothing to decrease or increase Scottish influence in London. The simple fact is that Scottish votes in general elections just don’t count in any way. A YES will mean that we actually get the Government we vote for and not voted in for us. You need to learn a wee bit more about how it works.
ME – A YES vote will mean that the Scottish government, elected by you, will decide social security policy for Scotland.
BT – Comment – Even if Scotland votes yes there will be no separate Social Security, Inland Revenue, VAT, Pensions, Child Support Agency, Work and Pensions Agency to do what you say. If these systems are to be separated from the UK this will take years and cost the Scottish tax payers £1.2billion to have them set up in Scotland all data transferred and operated. So your comments of socialist policy making will in effect make Scotland poor.
ME – First things first prove it will cost £1.2 billion. Secondly a lot of benefits are administered here anyway so no cost there really, whatever else we need to we will provide. The data is already there and the systems are already there and based on location so again no problem there. I also think so what, a price well worth paying whatever the cost to have a socially just and democratic Scotland. Stop the fear.
ME – A NO vote means the bedroom tax, the end of tax credits, the end of the winter allowance, tax breaks for millionaires all decided in Westminster by MPs you did not elect.
BT – Comment- every government has and will make decisions that have significant upside or regret costs Scotland will be no different, and as for your point on “you did not elect” perhaps the key here is to get people in Scotland to vote in the first place
ME – There are always winners and losers if you like but under the current system the losers are those at the coal face and certainly not your funders at the top or the vested interest of MPs who don’t want change as it affects their bank balance. Again our votes don’t count; you really need to get that one right.
ME – A YES vote will bring an end to nuclear weapons being based in Scotland against your will.
BT – Comment – Sure if Scotland actually goes ahead with making itself weak in the eyes of the worldME – Weakness is the very fact you feel you need to have those disgusting weapons, strength comes in not feeling you have to threaten the world. Yeah I feel so much safer knowing the UK can kill billions when in reality America would never give permission for you to use them, waste of money and stupid argument.
ME – A NO vote will mean nuclear weapons and the renewal of trident at a cost of £150 BILLION POUNDS approx. being based in Scotland against your will.
BT – Comment – isn’t is strange that we know how much things cost under the common wealth of the UK but have no idea under the Yes vote, could it be because Alex is avoiding telling Scotland the real bad news until after he has basked in his own gloryME – What? That doesn’t make sense.
ME – A YES vote will mean that the Scottish government controls the levers of the economy where possible, deciding what is best for Scotland in Scotland.
BT – Comment – “where possible” this is all innuendo. We will have no economy out economy is co-existent within the UK we would have to create an economy create a unit of currency create a credit rating in the market place de-risk buying and selling our products and who will pay for all this change and unrest and general fear in the global markets. The answer is small and medium sized businesses. The big businesses will not take that risk they don’t have to they will leave – they can afford
ME – What a lot of rubbish. No big business will leave blah blah, what is Scotland the only country in the whole world that business won’t operate in. Are you mad, markets adapt as we all know, you really need to learn a lot and stop the fear.
There is a lot more but I can’t be bothered I’m on holiday just to say that the arguments are poor and weak to be honest. If this is the best that BT have then I am even more confident of a YES vote than I was yesterday. You can read their response in full on the blog titled THAT EMAIL, IT’S ALL BOLLOCKS IN MY OPINION