The SNP has done a fair job of destroying education public services and the police and Scotland's financial situation will continue to deteriorate as public spending bears no relation to revenues.
This is factually wrong. Scottish public services, education, and NHS services are much better when compared to England. In the case of the NHS alone, it was recently reported on the news that it was rated 12% higher than the English one. Also, the Social Contract in Scotland is incredibly more progressive and generous, with free prescriptions and free university degree, just to name a couple of things.
Factually wrong is that like lying? A bucket of money is given to Scotland how they spend it is up to the assembly. The strategy has been centralisation to cut waste. This hasn't worked and after it was shown not to be working it was increased. Councils have no fiscal control and the poor have been hit by cuts in services the hardest. significantly More is spent on health PHPA in Scotland and a greater sense of well being is generated as far as medical outcomes go there is no difference across the UK despite the extra spending and despite exceeding the $1,700 purchasing Power Parity which is the trigger point to better health in Europe and Scandinavia. Scotland remains an exception. So yes more is spent but treatment wise there is no difference or slight decline in medical outcomes for that extra cash. I agree the social contract in Scotland is what it should be in the UK but I doubt it is sustainable. I wont get into university fees beyond it was Scottish Labour MP's who ensured that the English pay fees for places and may they all be damned for it.
Anyway don't take my word on it have a nice infographic from Scotlands biggest union.http://www.unison-scotland.org.uk/publicworks/TheCutsDontWork_UNISONScotlandReport_June2014.pdf
And The telegraph covers maintaining the financial bubblehttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/11/snp-borrow-max-using-scotlands-new-powers/
Sturgeon is looking to deflect blame by whipping up nationalistic fervour nothing more. If May says no to a referendum then everything is all the fault of the English(as usual).
This is just silly victimizing. The Scottish Nationalists don't blame the English, nor is Scottish Independence fueled by anti-English sentiment. It is against Westminster, which is different. It is against a Tory government, which they did not elect, telling them how to govern themselves. That is a different issue. You say they are overrepresented, I say the opposite. And if you think that they have more money spent on them per capita and should have a lesser presence in Westminster, then you should be the first to support their independence, no? In that case, you wouldn't have to subsidize the poor Scots anymore - a win/win outcome for both sides!
The national sport of the Scot is blaming the English for his nations ills of the last thousand years. There are plenty of examples on any forum you care to visit on independence. And yes I have 30+ years of hearing this and do at work at the moment as independence is again topical. There are a huge number of Scots living in England nearly all because there was no work at home.
The SNP's sole aim was to ensure independence from the UK. The failed but wound up in government. I maintain they are riding a bubble and have achieved little beyond years of cuts that have neither hit targets or achieved intentions. They are painting themselves into a corner and need a distraction.
As for representation Scotland returns from pop stats
POPULATION NUMBER OF MPS MPS PER 1,000,000 MEMBERS OF POPULATION
UK 63230000 650 10.279
ENGLAND 53010000 533 10.054
SCOTLAND 5295000 59 11.142
WALES 3064000 40 13.054
N. IRELAND 1811000 18 9.939
It should instead be: England (545), Scotland (54), Wales (32), N. Ireland (19).
Source(s): Population Statistics
Presumably the SNP are pushing the under represented nonsense. In a social democracy we should all have equal representation and I note there is no English assembly or rules preventing Scots MP's voting on solely English matters such as University fees. This has proved an unmitigated disaster and the monetizing of education hear means class may not be an issue but wealth certainly is.
BTW up to 2005 it was 79 Scots MP's returned. The population of England increases around 6 times faster than Scotland to boot.
I think An independent Scotland could do well probably as part of the Scandinavian trade group but it will take 20+ years of change and hard decisions. Free education and prescriptions are likely the first things to go. As will a lot of jobs in military support and shipyards and the nuclear industries. Then the oil is gone in 15 years or so.
Do generated tax revenues come close to what is spent even when services are being cut? Conditions to join the Euro and EU cannot currently be met and as stated Spain really doesn't want that precedent as its wealth is tied to the south which wants to be independent.
Perhaps asking why the SNP are so desperate for independence from the UK only surrender it to the EU would be a valid question?
That is merely a Brexiter's perspective of the EU. From my point of view, every nation in the EU is independent. And Scotland would have much greater sovereignty over its own affairs in the EU than it currently has with the UK.
Living in Scotland, and listening to what the Scots think, made me realize that Independence makes every sense. The EU referendum showed that the English and the Scots want different, conflicting paths for their future. Instead of accusing them of leeching the resources from the rest of the UK because oil revenues have fallen, let them decide what they want, and not what a Tory government wants for them.
No, I'm not Scottish. Not even British. But I live here, I have friends here, and I care deeply about this country. And the EU matter is only a side issue - the real one, is that Scotland has the resources to stand on its own as an independent nation, and that it should be able to govern its affairs according to what its people want, and not as a Westminster government (that they didn't vote for) wants. And I will happily canvass and help in what ways I can to help achieve this goal
The exceptionalism is staggering The Scots voted like everyone else for an MP to represent them in Westminster and in their own assembly. Of the UK they are a tiny proportion of the population. The tail does not wag the dog. Presumably the 55 million English should accept that the will of the Scots is more important?
I loathe the term Brexit we never joined so how can we leave. While I believe we will be railroaded to a very bad place by unelected Eurocrats the concept of free borders and a trade group I am in favour of. I firmly believe in the ECHR which is entirely separate but often confused with EU policy. I am against further expansion and against money being able to travel freely over borders. After the UK has left say Scotland gains entry to the EU
They would be the 11th largest economy and pick up their share. Now what happens when everyone finally stops pretending Greece can meet its debts or several other economies cascade in the same manner as part of the UK the blow is lessened by Stirling and by a larger population base. If you are part of the Euro hmm.
I actually think the EU will unravel at the point the Germans find their pensions don't do what has been promised and people start looking at where the Wealth of Europe has vanished to.
I am glad you are passionate about Scotland it is easy to become so. Please don't confuse the love of nation with the SNP MPs though there is much more to it than that and Having remarkably found themselves in power will work very hard to remain so and not for anything as altruistic as an ideal. Independence will happen but not in Sturgeons term of office she asked the country it said no. This is what she can't accept and has been left in governance in trying times unable to improve or hold together what Scotland had beforehand.