A YES might lead to turmoil in markets but that would be short term, the main problem is that Alex Salmond’s ideas are at best half baked. NO supporters who point to the great share Scotland gets of science funding, for example, are pointing to castles built in the sand: western countries are in all but name bankrupt. Those that see a YES vote as a way to prevent the UK taking Scotland out of the European Community would simply be swapping one set of troubles for another variant: Europe is a basket case. The rise of separatist movements, whether they are in Ukraine, Scotland, in the UK via UKIP or in Europe via other separatist parties are symptoms of flawed economic theory and social policy, which is a global problem.
So currently there is nothing to be gained either way, Scots are caught between a rock and a hard place. There has been ‘mobbery’ but the YES and NO campaigns have been bringing people together and if, win or lose, Scots want to carry on campaigning I would be happy to provide the economic theory, social solutions and vision they can then campaign on. Scotland could be an example: we have global problems which can only be solved by all political parties and governments adopting Rationalism as their base ideology, it could be the first country to establish a functional, sustainable, egalitarian economy and society. In the absence of some spontaneous social networking promulgation of the benefits of Rationalism it is up to the media to wake up, smell the coffee and start taking note of those offering new solutions.
Other points to consider:
Finland, like Scotland, has a 5M population. With such a small home market Finns understand the need to export to find big enough markets to make some forms of business viable and profitable. Export improves trade balance and although Finland joined EC in 1995 and understandably its worst deficit year occurred since then, in 2012, it still has a very healthy overall trade balance.
Cameron’s Conservatives have how many MPs in Scotland? Is it just one? Do Scots care that next year could be their last chance to help defeat Cameron in Westminster?
Scotland covers an area 60% the size of England and has a population density of 174 people per square mile. England has 1,054 crammed in to each square mile.
Nick Salter founder Rational Group