you are my laptop
my only laptop
you make me happy
when the skies are grey
you’ll never know dear
how much i love you
so please dont take
So I was doing a survey my local MP sent out about the Independence Referendum this year, it asked if I had any issues that I wanted to raise, Here’s my issues.
My main concern over the matter of independence is that the only plans for the financial security of Scotland that seem to have been well spoken of/made well aware of to the public, is to rely on an ‘oil fund’ by the North Sea’s oil reserves. Now I’m no expert in finances, but I am aware that the value of oil is increasing. So while this may presently seem like a good way to make Scotland more financially stable, I’m sure I don’t need to be the one to inform you that oil is itself a finite resource. ‘Finite’ being the important word in that sentence. The value of oil is increasing because resource availability is decreasing. What are the plans for financial security when the oil is all gone? If come September the people of Scotland vote yes and we do become independent, when the oil runs out and suddenly Scotland runs out of money we won’t be able to just say hello to the UK and be all ‘Hey, remember us? Give us some money please?’.
I’m only 18, and I’m well aware that it’s my generation that this referendum’s outcome will affect the most. I just think that the majority of my age group aren’t aware enough of the seriousness of effects this vote could have on our lives. I am aware of some of the advantages that being independent would gain us, but I don’t understand why we aren’t striving towards a ‘Devo-Max’ solution - we would have more control over the things which matter to the people of Scotland and wouldn’t need to leave it to a majority of Tory voters in England who mis-represent us in the House, but still be part of the British Isles, and not just geographically. If/when any worst case scenario happens (e.g. RBS needing bailed out - again…) the rest of the UK helps us, because it’s a mutual arrangement - you scratch my back I’ll scratch yours etcetera etcetera - what if that had happened as an independent country? For a nation that is so proud of itself, we seem to be quite happy to put ourselves in jeopardy of becoming just another country in the European Union with the same financial reputation of Greece or Portugal - for which I lack a better term for than ‘broke’.
So as you may of gathered from the tone of this message I’m going to vote ‘no’ this time round. But I think that if that same ‘no’ is the general consensus of the Scottish population come September, the government should try and push a Devo-Max option. I think they may have better luck with that.