JK Rowling just donated £1Million towards the ironically named “Better Together” campaign.
Here’s the link to her website where she explains her reasons for supporting a No vote.
“Whatever Scotland decides, we will probably find ourselves justifying our choice to our grandchildren”
If its a Yes vote in September then I can just imagine the horrible conversations I’ll have with my grandchildren (hopefully FAR in the future).
“Why did you vote Yes Granda?”
“Well I don’t like nuclear weapons, I thought that the level of healthcare and education people get should not be dependent on bank balance. I was morally opposed to the war waged on the poor and the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq. I thought that your mother and father could benefit from having extended free childcare so they could take that job to put food on your table and clothes on your back. The UK tax system allowed Billions of pounds to flow out of the country completely unchecked tearing a massive black hole in the economy, so we designed a more simple tax system that was much harder to commit the aggressive tax avoidance that I grew accustomed to seeing as a child.”
Yip my grandchildren will surely dislike me for this.
Now the No future:
“Why did Scotland vote No Granda?”
“Well, because Scotland had a corrupt and biased main stream media that artificially inflated any story that could potentially be deemed “positive” for the No campaign while simultaneously deliberately spreading lies and half truths in order to keep Scotland under the thumb. That’s why I had to pay through the nose for hospital bills when your mother/father was born. That’s why I had to take on massive debt levels to educate them and why they in turn have to bare these costs for you. We still have the UK’s nuclear system just 40 miles away, if that goes up we’ll be very lucky to not be vapourised by the initial blast (I’m sure 180 nuclear warheads makes a pretty big bang) so we might just get to live with the radiation. Not that we’d live for long, but it would still be extremely painful”
Now option 2 might not be that difficult for the multi millionaire JK who can move anywhere she chooses, but for the average worker like me option 2 is definitely no-go.
“However, I also know that there is a fringe of nationalists who like to demonise anyone who is not blindly and unquestionably pro-independence and I suspect, notwithstanding the fact that I’ve lived in Scotland for twenty-one years and plan to remain here for the rest of my life, that they might judge me ‘insufficiently Scottish’ to have a valid view.”
There is also a “fringe” of British Nationalists who like to demonise anyone who isn’t pro-union. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-27793285) In the audio recording, which was published by the magazine, Mr Darling says “at heart” after being asked: “What is it? blood and soil nationalism?”
The term “blood-and-soil” (‘Blut und Boden’) is German in origin and became associated with the Nazis.
During his interview with New Statesman editor Jason Cowley. Mr Darling also likened Mr Salmond to former North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il.
Yes you plan on staying here for the rest of your life, and you’re very welcome to. You live here and are an EU/UK citizen that’s why you get a vote.
“On the one hand, the Yes campaign promises a fairer, greener, richer and more equal society if Scotland leaves the UK” – Should read if Scotland dissolves the UK.
“I’m mindful of the fact that when RBS needed to be bailed out, membership of the union saved us from economic catastrophe” – Banks are not bailed out based on where their headquarters is, they are bailed out by the countries they operate in. For instance the Barclays bail out by the US Fed. RBS also benefited from US Fed money. For someone who is supposed to be intelligent, I expected better from you.
“Some of the most pro-independence people I know think that Scotland need not be afraid of going it alone, because it will excel no matter what” – Excel, probably. Definitely at least so very well. It’s called having faith.
“This romantic outlook strikes a chord with me, because I happen to think that this country is exceptional, too. Scotland has punched above its weight in just about every field of endeavour you care to mention, pouring out world-class scientists, statesmen, economists, philanthropists, sportsmen, writers, musicians and indeed Westminster Prime Ministers in quantities you would expect from a far larger country. “ – It’s not a “romantic outlook” when you then go on to show some of our achievements in the very same paragraph.
“My hesitance at embracing independence has nothing to do with lack of belief in Scotland’s remarkable people or its achievements. The simple truth is that Scotland is subject to the same twenty-first century pressures as the rest of the world. “ – In other words, you DO lack belief in Scotland’s people and its achievements even though you list some of these achievements in the previous paragraph. Denmark with a lower population than Scotland survives quite well, in fact it regularly tops the world tables in terms of happiness of citizens, social justice and fairness. Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Luxenbourg etc have lower populations than Scotland and can boast far less resources than Scotland too. All perform better than the UK in these world tables.
“It must compete in the same global markets, defend itself from the same threats and navigate what still feels like a fragile economic recovery. “ – How many global markets does Scotland exist in? I was only aware of one. Planet Earth. Threats – Well not invading other countries and not oppressing people is surprisingly good defence policy. If “The Troubles” are excluded, then Ireland has not been at war since she gained her independence from Westminster. And “The Troubles” were more of a civil war, with the UK stroking the flames whenever it could to keep Ireland divided and therefore easier to rule. Divide and conquor. The British found out that it worked a treat. Whereas the Union has been involved in a war or conflict for 300 of the last 301 years. Economic recovery – Who made the economic mess? Cause it wasn’t Holyrood. I’ll give you a wee clue JK, it was your little friend Alistair Darling at Westminster. It was his job to look after the economy, he let the banks gamble recklessly and you want to give Westminster another crack at the whip?
“The more I listen to the Yes campaign, the more I worry about its minimisation and even denial of risks.” Well tell us these risks and we’ll tell you how to navigate them.
“Whenever the big issues are raised – our heavy reliance on oil revenue if we become independent, what currency we’ll use, whether we’ll get back into the EU – reasonable questions are drowned out by accusations of ‘scaremongering.’ Meanwhile, dramatically differing figures and predictions are being slapped in front of us by both campaigns, so that it becomes difficult to know what to believe. “ – Oil – Scotland’s GDP per capita WITHOUT North Sea output is 99% that of the UK’s ( and the UK figure rather sneakily includes North Sea Output). Currency – Pound Sterling, no-one can tell any government what currency they can use. Sterling is fully trade-able. Anyone can use it, informally at least. Which means without having a representative to help set interest rates (just like now). These “reasonable questions” are now dismissed as scaremongering because they have been addressed. Well over a year ago. Even Mr Darling agrees a currency union would be “logical” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQi8KvjOBD0 The EU – There is no mechanism to kick 5 million EU citizens out of the EU. What would happen would be a renegotiation of terms. Most likely Scotland will take her share of the UK’s EU commitments.
“I doubt I’m alone in trying to find as much impartial and non-partisan information as I can, especially regarding the economy.” Here Ivan McKee breaks down the GERS report detailing Scotland’s finances https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1W8cKHcZn60 Does this help?
“Of course, some will say that worrying about our economic prospects is poor-spirited, because those people take the view ‘I’ll be skint if I want to and Westminster can’t tell me otherwise’. I’m afraid that’s a form of ‘patriotism’ that I will never understand. It places higher importance on ‘sticking it’ to David Cameron, who will be long gone before the full consequences of independence are felt, than to looking after your own. It prefers the grand ‘up yours’ gesture to considering what you might be doing to the prospects of future generations. “ – New Labour (the political party you support) opened the door for privitaisation of the English NHS, this results in a cut in Scotland’s block grant due to the Barnett formula. New Labour/Old Tory. The only way to tell them apart now is by what colour of tie they are wearing. The simple fact remains that “even without North Sea output, Scotland would qualify for our highest economic assessment” quote from Standard and Poors the global credit rating agency. “An Independent Scotland could expect to start with healthier state finances than the UK” Financial Times. Wanna talk patriotism? Look no further than the No campaign, they NEVER shut up about it. “I’m proud to be Scottish and British. I’m very patriotic.” Margaret Curren New Labour MP is just one example off the top of my head. It’s not an “up yours” to David Cameron, its more like, “we’re taking control of our own destiny” Future Generations – Future Generations will thank us for protecting our NHS, our free university education and for being able to grow up in a nuclear free country.
“The more I have read from a variety of independent and unbiased sources, the more I have come to the conclusion that while independence might give us opportunities – any change brings opportunities – it also carries serious risks. The Institute for Fiscal Studies concludes that Alex Salmond has underestimated the long-term impact of our ageing population and the fact that oil and gas reserves are being depleted” – First of all the IFS is a Westminster run organisation, it is not unbiased and independent. It concluded that “Alex Salmond” (yip cause it’s just him, sitting in a wee room, with a kilt on and blue & white face paint with a calculator) underestimated Scotland’s ageing population. Because naturally there would be no immigration (oh wait that’s the UKIP wet dream, the SNP and infact all pro-indy parties want more immigration.) and of course Scotland would be the 1st nation on the planet to restrain from reproduction and effectively (non) breed itself out of existence. Yes oil and gas is being depleted, that’s what happens to the reserves when you take them out of the ground and use them. Just gloss over the new fields on the West of Shetland and the Clyde Basin where the MoD stopped exploration due to some fool parking nuclear submarines there. It is widely believed in the oil industry that substantial reserves lie here. By the way, you mention risks again, what are these risks? Cause all I ever hear is “there are risks involved” but then under question these risks never come to light. Personally whenever I say something has risks attached, I know what those risks are and can explain them quite well. I don’t just drop in a fear inducing word, then move on.
“This view is also taken by the independent study ‘Scotland’s Choices: The Referendum and What Happens Afterwards’ by Iain McLean, Jim Gallagher and Guy Lodge, which says that ‘it would be a foolish Scottish government that planned future public expenditure on the basis of current tax receipts from North Sea oil and gas’.” – It would be, just as well as our future planned public expenditure also includes (but not exclusive to) medical research, green energy, tourism, food and drinks industry, ship building (cause we’d be free to do that again) etc etc
“My fears about the economy extend into an area in which I have a very personal interest: Scottish medical research. Having put a large amount of money into Multiple Sclerosis research here, I was worried to see an open letter from all five of Scotland’s medical schools expressing ‘grave concerns’ that independence could jeopardise what is currently Scotland’s world-class performance in this area. Fourteen professors put their names to this letter, which says that Alex Salmond’s plans for a common research funding area are ‘fraught with difficulty’ and ‘unlikely to come to fruition’. According to the professors who signed the letter, ‘it is highly unlikely that the remaining UK would tolerate a situation in which an independent “competitor” country won more money than it contributed.’ In this area, as in many others, I worry that Alex Salmond’s ambition is outstripping his reach.” – Research doesn’t stop at borders JK, you get the best facilities and scientists you can afford and you conduct your research. This currently happens all over the planet.
“I’ve heard it said that ‘we’ve got to leave, because they’ll punish us if we don’t’, but my guess is that if we vote to stay, we will be in the heady position of the spouse who looked like walking out, but decided to give things one last go “ – If you were going to leave once, there must have been a good reason for it.
“All the major political parties are currently wooing us with offers of extra powers “ – Its actually more responsibilities not powers. Thus creating an extra layer of bureaucracy that doesn’t need to be there. Responsibility without power is a burden not a blessing. If Westminster wanted Scotland to have more powers, why did they fight tooth and nail to have it removed from the ballot paper?
“If we leave, though, there will be no going back” – That’s the point. Ex’s stay ex’s for a reason.
“This separation will not be quick and clean: it will take microsurgery to disentangle three centuries of close interdependence, after which we will have to deal with three bitter neighbours.” – So the truth comes out. EWNI will be “bitter” towards Scotland when she decides enough is enough. If what they say is true (that we’re just subsidy junkies then surely they would be glad to get rid of us?) It could be very simple depending on how Westminster plays it. Scotland can inherit her due which is 8.4% of everything, or long negotiations can be drawn out and Westminster can refuse a formal currency union and Scotland can then say “Hey, know what? Enjoy all £1.5 Trillion of the debt, we’ll enjoy all £1.5 Trillion of the oil”
“I doubt that an independent Scotland will be able to bank on its ex-partners’ fond memories of the old relationship once we’ve left” – There are “fond memories”? Really? When? Where? Please explain?
“The rest of the UK will have had no say in the biggest change to the Union in centuries, but will suffer the economic consequences.” – So just how Scotland felt in 1707 when the people were told that they had been bought and sold for English gold? At least they will have the power to adapt, its not like we’re taking their parliament away.
“When Alex Salmond tells us that we can keep whatever we’re particularly attached to – be it EU membership, the pound or the Queen, or insists that his preferred arrangements for monetary union or defence will be rubber-stamped by our ex-partners – he is talking about issues that Scotland will need, in every case, to negotiate. In the words of ‘Scotland’s Choices’ ‘Scotland will be very much the smaller partner seeking arrangements from the UK to meet its own needs, and may not be in a very powerful negotiating position.’” EU – already dealt with in this article. Pound – again already dealt with. The Queen – Union of the crowns was 1603, the treaty being dissolved will be the treaty of 1707. They are not dependent on each other, otherwise the 17 other countries that have the queen as head of state have some serious explaining to do. “May not be in a very powerful negotiating position” Key word there is “May” again that’s cool. UK wants to play hardball, Trident goes on ebay ……. again.
“Whatever the outcome of the referendum on 18th September, it will be a historic moment for Scotland. I just hope with all my heart that we never have cause to look back and feel that we made a historically bad mistake” – So why are you backing the Union again? The Union that has held Scotland down for years. The Union that is attacking the poor for having the audacity of being poor, while public wealth is rapidly transferred to private hands and every opportunity, i.e. Royal Mail, NHS (England) sell off. A union with a rapidly rising right-wing xenophobic party with no MPs is dictating Westminster policy.
JK is famous for writing fiction, and her statement for backing the Union confirms it.