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John K,

Are you seriously suggesting that.......

Any Scotsman or woman who chose to live in England/ become an English citizen should be "Barred" from standing for election to Parliament in any constituency in England Wales and Northern Ireland based on the their Nationality at birth.......

Are you seriously suggesting that "if" a Scotsman or woman are the best candidate for any position in England be it in politics or business should be "Barred" based on the fact that Scotland voted to be an independent country.

England have many Pakistani, Indian and other people from other parts of the world who are MP's leaders in businesses etc etc that have chosen to leave "Independent" countries......

Under your suggestion would they also be "Barred" from holding office in England!!
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Now there's an interesting scenario.
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Interesting scenario or not, it doesn't answer my question ;-) 

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Now there's an interesting scenario.


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It was designed as a wind up, surely you could see that!
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I had hoped it was a windup but you never know and you have had some scathing attacks in the past.

My apologise if I misread or missed the joke.

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It was designed as a wind up, surely you could see that!


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Apologies are not, and should not be needed between friends!
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This is very true, however, if I get something wrong I like to offer an apology to friend or foe 

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I would like to see the back of a lot of Scottish MPs
As for quoting Rabbie Burns , what a load of babbling nonscence , from a poet who's been dead for hundreds of years
I live near the border on the English side , my husband and I sat one night and pondered jokingly what independence could bring :
Will we need a new design for the union flag
Will scottish  workers in England need a visa , will they have to carry a passport and produce it a a check point in fact will they have to have new passports as they will no longer be British
As they will be a new nation will the EU accept them
Will foreign companies be willing to continue to trade with a country which is new and untried and will foreign owned bussiness in Scotland now find they don't have a foot in Europe


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More questions
Will the North-East news now be separate from Scotland
What will Berwick choose to be Scotish or English , I suspect they would choose to be where they would be better off
can we have a new Hadrians type wall this time a little higher up the country
Will we see a new borders police force or maybe a Reiver revival
I'm sure I'll think of more
Just joking , I have some very nice Scotish friends who don't appear to be anti -English at all , I wonder if they will stay or go back 'up the road'
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Northumbria,

To try answer a few off your question.

In the event of a YES vote to independence on 18th September 2014.......


Firstly I want to address your last comment first.......

You said.....

"I have some very nice Scotish friends who don't appear to be anti -English"

Scottish independence as Absolutely Nothing to do with "anti-English" whatsoever.

If anything it will be about "anti-Westminster" governments and the people of Scotland being governed by a government we vote for here in Scotland rather than governed by center right political Tory party or "New Labour" who are as much center right party these days.

If we Scots vote Labour we get Tory, when we vote Labour and Labour are in power ever since new Labour under Tony Blair we basically get a Tory government in sheep's clothing disguised as new Labour.

Why else has the Scottish people moved from being almost solid Labour supports to a landslide supporters of the SNP.


Yes..... We Scots will need to reknew our drivers licence and passport.

The Union Jack should have the blue removed as it represents Scotland in the Union Jack, however it is highly unlikely to happen.

You suggest......

"As for quoting Rabbie Burns , what a load of babbling nonscence , from a poet who's been dead for hundreds of years"

The same can be said about England's William Shakespeare but I will refrain from insulting a very well renowned and respected English character. Your comments about our Robert Burns are insulting to a well renowned Scottish poet around the world just as William Shakespeare is.

You asked......

"Will scottish  workers in England need a visa, will they have to carry a passport and produce it a a check point".

No....... Scotland will remain part of the UK for 18 months while the divorce papers are drawn up and the share of assets that have been accumulated over the last 300 years is divided between the rest of the UK and Scotland, that also includes Scotland's fair share of the deficit under the Barnett formula.

Yes...... Scotland will apply to become an independent nation joining the EU however Scotland will remain part of the EU as part of the UK until seperation comes approximately 18 months after a YES vote on 14th September 2014 during this period their will be negotiations going on with the EU and within a much reduced period of the 18 months Scotland will have been accepted into the EU.

You suggested.......

"Will foreign companies be willing to continue to trade with a country which is new and untried and will foreign owned bussiness in Scotland now find they don't have a foot in Europe".

See above there will be a smooth transition over an 18 month period and Scotland will continue to be part of the EU until they decide to leave as will the rest of the UK should Cameron keep his promise of referendum by 2017.
There is no evidence that businesses are fearing and independent Scotland on the contrary their are businesses looking to do business with an independent Scotland....... All off which is easily resereached on the internet.

You asked......

"What will Berwick choose to be Scotish or English"

The boarders are already clearly defined so the answer is already decide if you look at which parts fall on the English side and which on the Scottish side.

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Alex Salmond and his SNP cronies are seeking Independence for Scotland for one reason only, it is not out of Scottish patriotism, it is born out of hatred for and jealousy of all things English, so intense is that animosity to the Anglo/Saxon culture that it ignores the potential economic disaster that independence may bring to the Scottish people.
The union between the throne of Scotland and that of England placed a Scottish King on the throne of a united Brittania, it was the decision of that Scottish monarch to abandon the throne of Scone for the Palace of Westminster.
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John K,

You say.......

"Alex Salmond and his SNP cronies are seeking Independence for Scotland for one reason only, it is not out of Scottish patriotism, it is born out of hatred for and jealousy of all things English, so intense is that animosity to the Anglo/Saxon culture that it ignores the potential economic disaster that independence may bring to the Scottish people."

I am not sure just how long you have lived outside Scotland but the Scottish people are predominantly more a socialist society and as such have always backed and supported a socialist Labour government, however, over the last 40ish years Scotland has been governed by a Tory capitalist party, this includes new Labour under Tony Blair who abandoned its socialist roots and as a consequence support for Labour in Scotland has evaporated, hence the reason Alex Salmond and the SNP have swept Labour aside.

The SNP have acknowledged the fact that the Scottish people do not like the capitalist system nor voting for a socialist Labour party who have lost touch with its socialist roots so your assumption that......

"jealousy of all things English, so intense is that animosity to the Anglo/Saxon culture"

This is a total fabrication about the reasons why the Scottish people may vote to leave the Union with England.

The fact of the matter is as I have said above.....

Scotland is a more socialist country who want a mixture of Socialism and Capitalism and we get a government in Westminster that does not represent the Scottish man and woman, so if there is anything driving the independence it is....... Which political party will represent the Scottish peoples values and that is not any Westminster government...... It certainly is not an anti-english agenda.

You say.......

"it ignores the potential economic disaster that independence may bring to the Scottish people."

I am glad you used the term "May Bring" because apart from scaremongering all this utter tribe about Scotland can't stand on its own is utter Poppycock.

You said......

"The union between the throne of Scotland and that of England placed a Scottish King on the throne of a united Brittania, it was the decision of that Scottish monarch to abandon the throne of Scone for the Palace of Westminster."

This is indeed fact but this was the action of a self serving King it was not a decision taken by the Scottish People.

The 18th September 2014 is the Scottish people's opportunity to chose between control by a Westminster government that is unrepresentative of Scottish values or to take their chance to break free off the stigma that we are dependent on the English tax payers and take control of "Our" own destiny.

Off which I am becoming more convinced is the direction of travel I will be supporting.

If for nothing else I am sick to the backteeth hearing the petty and disgusting diatribe about the Scottish so called "anti Anglo/Saxon culture".

There is not a single person in the "better together" camp who says Scotland can not be a successful independent nation standing on its own, not a single economists says Scotland will fail but indeed say Scotland is well positioned to be a successful independent country.

What says you John is Scotland incapable of standing on her own two feet?

You use the words such as..........

Ignores the potential economic disaster that independence may bring to the Scottish people

These words only serve to cause scaremongering, I would challenge you as I do any better together camp supporter to come up with something that resembles facts rather than words that are scaremongering such as "May Bring"...... "What if's".
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Peter C,

No Scotland cannot survive as an independent nation in the way that the SNP are telling the Scottish people, for the following reason’s

1,
The SNP state that once independent ,Scotland would introduce free childcare but have not published any analysed costing’s for this policy which would have to be paid for by Scottish taxpayers.
2,
The SNP state that once independent, Scotland would introduce an increased state pension, again they not published any analysed costing’s for this policy which would have to be paid for by Scottish taxpayers.
3,
The SNP state that once independent, Scotland would re-privatise the Post Office, you’ve guessed it they not published any analysed costing’s for this policy which would have to be paid for by Scottish taxpayers.
The SNP state that Scotland before separation from the UK would be automatically be fast tracked into the EU as a full member state and would have the option not to accept the Euro as its currency but would retain the £ sterling as part of a currency union with the rest of the UK. The Welsh first minister has already stated that Wales would oppose such a move.

However Herman Van Rompuy the First minister of the European Council said on Saturday the 14th of December this year ”that if a region of an existing member state became independent , it would be required to go through the same full accession process to join the EU as any other applicant."

He also appeared to reject Mr Salmond’s claim that negotiations could start while Scotland was still part of the UK and be completed before independence, saying that countries seeking accession to the European Union must be internationally recognised as  a sovereign “European state” to be able to make an application.
Mr Rompuy’s intervention is the most damaging yet for the First Minister as the European Council consists of the heads of state or government of all the EU’s existing 28 members.
They would have the final say on if, when and how a separate Scotland would be granted membership. Any decision on these issues and whether to grant an opt-out from the euro must be unanimous.

That unanimity is not guaranteed, Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish prime minister, has said a Scotland separated from the UK would be considered a third party state without credentials and would be kicked out of the EU.
Jose Manuel Barroso, the European Commission president, has also said new states have to apply from scratch in the same way as Croatia, Bugaria and Romania.

4,
There is also the question of how the SNP intend to make good the £12 billion black hole in the Scottish economy that will result immediately at the point of signing the document of separation when the Barnett formula is scrapped and the tens of £billions of indebtedness of the Scottish banks that would have to be settled before separation, failure to do this would leave the majority of Scottish mortgagees and commercial loan debtors in hock to the UK Government.

5, 
The Scottish population of a little over 5 million have the same ageing dynamics as the rest of the UK so the prospect of funding all this from taxation is risible, and the prospect of North Sea Oil & Gas funding it all when its longevity as a source of future wealth has again been downgraded recently by almost 30%.

Scotland cannot survive as an independent state in the way that the SNP propaganda suggests, it may stumble along for a while but a new nation without a credit record in its own right will struggle to obtain affordable funding from the money markets.
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John K,

I thank you for your in-depth analysis about why you consider that Scotland cannot survive as an independent state in the way that the SNP propaganda suggests.

You said......

"No Scotland cannot survive as an independent nation in the way that the SNP are telling the Scottish people"

However, this is not the question, the question is.......

Can Scotland stand alone as an independent country and succeed?


According to every political party, every renowned economist, they all admit that Scotland would survive and prosper as an independent country.

So if you strip away your SNP assassination (regardless of whether you are correct in your assertions) and we accept that independence will have lots of unknowns and subject to negotiations with the EU and that a currency has to be agreed with the BoE/ Westminster.

Are you saying that the EU will not accept Scotland?
Are you saying that the BoE/Westminster will point blank refuse Scotland the use of the currency pound Sterling?


Because if you can you are doing a better job than the Westminster government and the top officials in the EU.

You see how Scots see this is this.......

Neither the Westminster government nor the EU top brass have come right out and told the Scottish people.......

No Scotland WILL NOT GET TO USE POUND STERLING CURRENCY!!

No Scotland WILL NOT BECOME A FULL MEMBER STATE OF THE EU!!


The SNP are consistently bombarded with question how can you guarantee this or that in an independent Scottish country.......

Yet Westminster point blanks refuses to answer the currency question which if they are saying No to sharing pound Sterling then come out and say "NO" at least it gives a clear message and pointing out that the Scottish people would have no currency and it knocks the SNP assumptions that Scotland would keep the currency........
This information would have a positive affect in the minds of the Scottish people, it then exposes the SNP to have to come up with an alternative or face defeat now.

The same applies to the EU question there has no outright statement from EU officials stating that Scotland can't and will not have membership into the EU.
Again this information one way or another would collapse the SNP arguments about EU membership.

Why don't Westminster and EU make clear their position now? My guess is this......

By leaving "DOUBTS" in the Scottish peoples minds they assume their "SCAREMONGERING" will force the Scottish people to vote against independence...... Nothing could be further from the truth it is actually making the Scottish people suspicious of the Westminster tactics and it is turning more and more towards voting YES!
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John k,
Here are a couple of reason why Westminster are so desperately holding on to keeping Scotland in the Union........

England could do badly as a result of independence for Scotland and not just because of a shortfall in oil revenue.

Loss of the North Sea oilfields would mean George Osborne would never be able to reap the benefit of a windfall tax on the North Sea operators like the one introduced in the last Budget.

Most of the UK’s renewable energy resources like sites for wind and wave power stations are in Scotland, so the potential market for exported electricity would be out of Whitehall’s hands.

Just a couple of reason Westminster might be holding back giving a clear "No" to sharing the pound Sterling currency and using a "No Comment" as a "SCAREMONGERING" ploy.

Let's face it the majority of Westminster is made up with English MP's who's interest is in power and where there is revenue Westminster will never give up on hence the reason they want to keep Scotland in the Union with England.

Westminster MP's certainly are not doing anything in Scotland's better interest as was seen in the McCrones report about how Westminster buried the McCrones report which highlighted the fact that the oil & gas reserve's around Scotland's shores had 80 to 100 years of oil instead Westminster covered this up a Conned the Scottish public by SCAREMONGERING that there was only 30 years top before oil & gas would run out.

Do you see the recurring theme from Westminster........ In two words

"SCAREMONGERING" and "CONNING"


No economists contacted thought there was a serious risk of an independent Scotland failing to survive.

As David Cameron signalled this week, Unionists need to move past “threats or by saying that small countries can’t make it”.

Control of North Sea oil has been a constant refrain for the SNP, but experts think it may be a mistake either to bank on oil or to assume that an independent Scotland would fail without it.

The latest opinion polls mean Mr Cameron may have a harder job convincing English and Welsh voters that they need Scotland, despite analysis that shows that the contribution Scotland makes to the rest of the UK has been underestimated.
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Scaremongering and conning! that rather describes the threat by Alex Salmond back in July when he threatened to close the North Sea if an Independent Scotland was refused entry to the EU by Brussels.

Would an independent Scotland have its own Navy?

Alex Salmond is egotistically obsessed with securing himself a place in history, he cares not for the welfare of the Scottish people or the destiny of Scotland, as with all deluded despots he convinces those around him to go along with his warped dream that for everyone else turns into a nightmare.

This scenario has happened before when a man with an ego greater than his intellect and physical ability brought ruin down on the Scottish people for decades, simply because they they allowed thenselves to buy into his fantacy.

Realism is the key to survival, the UK is stronger together than its individual parts If we are divided we all fall, then who profits from our stupidity?

Brussels?
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John K,

First off all I want to highlight the fact that you have totally blanked most of my last to posts and have not addressed the questions I posed to you. Your refusal to reply are akin to the Better Together brigade who continue to seek answers are who themselves refuse to give Direct replies to valid questions.

You said.......

"Scaremongering and conning! that rather describes the threat by Alex Salmond back in July when he threatened to close the North Sea if an Independent Scotland was refused entry to the EU by Brussels."

My reply is this ....... No not "SCAREMONGERING or CONNING" it's is a matter off using what is at your disposal to "Persuade" and negotiated for as best conditions for the people of Scotland......

When the SNP were pressed to explain how an independent Scotland would "Persuade" other countries to accept the SNP's terms, the spokesman said: "Apart from anything else, do other countries want to be blocked from access to the North Sea?

"Do Spanish and Portuguese fishermen, and others for that matter, want what would become Scottish waters to be blocked off to their fisherman? I don't think so, but if that's what's being suggested then it strikes me as a bit self-defeating.”

Alex Salmond is doing his utmost to secure as best a deal possible for the people of Scotland, would you accept anything less in negotiations between David Cameron to secure as best a deal on behalf of the UK if and when the UK were to leave the EU?
In the event the UK vote to leave the EU would it be right for Cameron to refuse access to English waters to EU countries if the EU were to impose high tariffs on trading with EU countries? This is no different to what Alex Salmond is doing to secure the best advantage for the Scottish people.

You said.......

"Alex Salmond is egotistically obsessed with securing himself a place in history, he cares not for the welfare of the Scottish people or the destiny of Scotland, as with all deluded despots he convinces those around him to go along with his warped dream that for everyone else turns into a nightmare."

I totally get the fact that you are not an Alex Salmond fan, however your hate for anything SNP or Alex Salmond makes your comments kinda jaded because rather than look at the Pro's you see everything as a Negative in an independent Scotland, which is Not true because every economist and every other political party accept that Scotland can and will succeed as an independent country.

If I can ask you to address my points in my previous couple of post above, it would be appreciated and constructive rather than your anti-Salmond and anti-SNP.

You seem to have a better understanding that Scotland will be a failed nation under independence and doom and gloom can only come to the Scottish people if they Go it Alone when all political parties and economists are saying the opposite from your own Doom and Gloom!!

You said......

"Realism is the key to survival, the UK is stronger together than its individual parts If we are divided we all fall, then who profits from our stupidity?Brussels."

I can understand why you want to keep a,strong UK but it is not an argument to hold a country back if they want to go in a different direction than Westminster is dragging them.

Scotland has always been dragged along by Westminster governments policies.
You do not like the direction the EU is dragging the UK and want to break away from the EU, Scotland is in the same situation with Westminster and want to break away from being governed by Westminster
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Peter C

You said "You do not like the direction the EU is dragging the UK and want to break away from the EU, Scotland is in the same situation with Westminster and want to break away from being governed by Westminster"

Peter the difference between these two scenario's is simply that there are clear and obvious advantages that would accrue to the UK outside of the EU both financial and economic, since the nations outgoings would dramatically reduce and our ability to set up trade agreements with any nation without the fiscal restrictions imposed by the EU would provide more flexible for UK industry

For Scotland to leave the Union the Scottish Government must first obtain the necessary funding to settle outstanding debts for Banking bailouts given to the Bank of Scotland(HBoS) and RBS, it must also secure funding to replace the Barnett formula let alone the funds needed to implement the planned increases in child care and pensions which are pledges made in the recent white paper.

There is also the question of how Scotland would fund the basic infrastructure of society like Revenue and Customs, Benefits agencies, Education at both standard and advanced levels, Policing, Fire and Ambulance services, The Military, National Security, Immigration.

As a small independent nation what credit rating would scotland be able to secure from the international money markets? Financial analysts seem agreed that to fund all of the above the Scottish taxpayer would see the basic rate of tax rise between 12.5 & 15% initially and by more as the residual Oil & Gas production falls away year on year.

The SNP are deliberately misleading the Scottish people, although a recent poll of 1000 well educated16-17 year old sixth formers in Ayeshire resulted in a 60% rejection of a vote for Scottish independence, however these were politicall aware young people so perhaps the less well educated more easily lead young voters would bring in a different result fueled by emotion and bias.

In answer to the points raised by yourself in previous posts, I believe I have adequately answered those points within my comments, it is up to you to recognise that fact and reflect upon the those points and decide if they are valid or false based on the accuracy of my research on a raft of other issues we have debated on this forum.
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The Union of 1707 was an arranged marriage for better or worse sanctioned by the Stuarts. A lot of water and inter-marriage has taken place since, such that half my family have strands of England, Ireland and Wales embedded in their genes!

I don't like this current administration any more than the next person. As far as I am concerned, they are a bunch of traitors who have sacrificed their electorate on the Holy altar of Europe, and do not deserve to regard themselves as British.

Salmond has stirred up a wave of nationalistic fervour as a result for Scotland, on the basis of heroic myth. Wallace may have been popular, but he too divided Scotland for very much the same reasons. Edward I was a ruthless king, but unlike his wayward son, believed in the rule of Law. When British Justice is found wanting, there is a tendency for rebellion, and such was the lot of my ancestors who sided with Bruce the Younger. When I look at the inability of our current Home Secretary to recognise the basic right of people like Chris Tappin to be tried in a British Court of Law for alleged misdemeanours of dubious substance allegedly committed in the USA, or her inability to uphold British Justice over the European Judiciary, then I despair for Britain and her future as a United Kingdom, and I can now well envisage a scenario where Scotland could secede from Great Britain. That would be a very sad day for both England and Scotland, and both national entities would be inviting widespread depression as a result. This is one of the reasons, in my view, we should, with the Queen's earlier initiative and Germany's very recent undertaking to act as Ireland's broker, we should be convincing Ireland of the merits of a Union of Great Britain and Ireland. Remember those true words of Orwell, in Unity lies Strength. The alternative is disaster and hardship - as I said earlier, what we need in Britain, more than anything is a benevolent dictator, who recognises the paramount needs of the British people, and is prepared to show some iron to both the USA and Europe, and will weed out the corruption which is rife within the Councils and Boroughs of our Sovereign land. Sending Atos packing would just be a start. John's detailed reply shows the early picture only of what Scotland would face if she seceded tomorrow. It says nothing about what would lie in store further down the line, but it would be  inevitable that the auld rivalries would resurface with land entitlement etc - the highlanders v. lowlanders again - result would be mayhem and misery, and probably a lot of emigration! I truly fear for Britain now, with the incompetents who lead us.
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John K,

I appreciate your response and I will reply to your comments, however, I don't feel you are responding to my very specific points or questions, so I will list them here again highlighted in Bold text.

You said......

1.
"No Scotland cannot survive as an independent nation in the way that the SNP are telling the Scottish people"

However, this is not the question, the question is.......

Can Scotland stand alone as an independent country and succeed?


2.
Are you saying that the EU will not accept Scotland?
Are you saying that the BoE/Westminster will point blank refuse Scotland the use of the currency pound Sterling?


3.
Why is there no direct answer from Westminster or the EU making an officially clear statement saying......

No Scotland WILL NOT GET TO USE POUND STERLING CURRENCY!!

No Scotland WILL NOT BECOME A FULL MEMBER STATE OF THE EU!!


4.
Do you agree that by leaving "DOUBTS" in the Scottish peoples minds they assume their "SCAREMONGERING" will force the Scottish people to vote against independence...... Why do that when a straight answer on the currency would end Alex Salmond's claim to retain the pound Sterling currency it's a Win Win reply and would encourage a No vote from the Scottish people

A couple of valid reasons why Westminster wants to keep Scotland in the Union.

5.
Loss of the North Sea oilfields would mean George Osborne would never be able to reap the benefit of a windfall tax on the North Sea operators like the one introduced in the last Budget.

6.
Most of the UK’s renewable energy resources like sites for wind and wave power stations are in Scotland, so the potential market for exported electricity would be out of Whitehall’s hands.

7.
No economists contacted thought there was a serious risk of an independent Scotland failing to survive........ Do you agree with this or disagree if you disagree what evidence do you base your alternative views

8.
David Cameron signalled this week, Unionists need to move past “threats or by saying that small countries can’t make it”........ Do you agree with this or not and if not why not!!

9.
Control of North Sea oil has been a constant refrain for the SNP, but experts think it may be a mistake either to bank on oil or to assume that an independent Scotland would fail without it...... Do you agree with the point of view or not if not why not!!

10.
The latest opinion polls mean Mr Cameron may have a harder job convincing English and Welsh voters that they need Scotland, despite analysis that shows that the contribution Scotland makes to the rest of the UK has been underestimated........ Do you agree or disagree with this and if you disagree why!!
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