The Logic of Scottish Independence

The current debate about Scottish independence does not seem so much like a debate about independence but more like a debate about whether Scotland should have more self governing powers than it has at present. Those who favour what they call independence seem to want Scotland to be independent while being dependent on others, which of course is not independence.

1. An independent Scotland would be a sovereign nation in charge of its own destiny, marshaling and deploying its resources as it thinks fit and making important decisions for the benefit of its own people, rather than for the benefit of the whole of the present United Kingdom.

2. Unless an independent Scotland has control over its ability to raise taxes on its people, it can never be truly  independent.

3. Unless an independent Scotland has the ability to issue manipulate its own currency it can never be truly independent.

4. If Scotland can persuade others to permit it to be part of their currency unions (such as the rest of the United Kingdom or the European Union) it will have to issue its own currency.

5. Other currency unions will not permit Scotland to be part of their currency unions unless Scotland adheres to their rules relating to economy and tax policy. Such adherence will severely restrict the ability of Scotland to be in charge of  its own destiny, marshaling and deploying its resources as it thinks fit and making important decisions for the benefit of its own people.

6. If Scotland joins any currency union it will have to a large extent abandoned sovereignty over its economic and fiscal policies, which will be subject to the desires of the larger currency union as a whole.

Having listened to the position of those who favour Scottish independence I have reached the view that they are not arguing for independence but for autonomy within some greater union which protects Scotland and its economy. I have yet to hear any voice demanding true independence.

 

2 Responses

  1. Here’s one voice for true independence. The fiscal union would be a convenient transition for iScotland and rUK, i Scotland sees this as a short term agreement
    Unfortunately ALL of the main medias take a unionist view of the whole affair, so it’s hard for most people to gain an unbiased appraisal of the facts

  2. But surely the debate is about independence now, not in stages? If the Scots want to seperate that is fine by me, but seperation should not involve future subsidy on either side.

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