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  1. Last point for me. People say Scotland can't be successful as an Independent country. They may be correct but I don't think they are. Why would England, Wales and Northern Ireland not be glad to see the back of us then? I would be if I was from England and Scotland was such a drain on resources and money. Is it possible that under the right leadership we could make a success of independence and use the natural resources, intuinity and industry that we have to be successful and embarass the rest of you guys 😉 Have a good weekend 😗
  2. Nothing I've said 'is not true'. Yes the oil is running out and is thought to be poorer grade but under the Continental shelf order, over 90% of the UKs oil is in Scottish waters using the median line. Everything else you mention is good input and appreciated within the debate but does not contradict my very first post on the subject. Denmark, Lithuania, Norway, Ireland, Croatia, Slovakia etc all independent countries with similar sized population. Some with natural resources, most without. They will have their problems but doing ok.
  3. The old firm has deep seated hatred for some. Its more a religious issue that is demonstrated through the Old Firm. But its a small, no tiny, idiotic minority on both sides that actually care about it. Most folk aren't interested or only see it as a light hearted way to wind up colleagues or friends. Same could be said of any anti English sentiment that I'm sorry that you may have received. Its not the overwhelming view of Scots that the English are an issue. And as I've said, I've yet to meet anyone who has genuine anti English feelings beyond the usual 'banter'. Yes, there's issues
  4. Now that is a lot of ****. I genuinely don't know anyone who hates the English. And I mean that. In all the years I've been alive, and all the folk I've met. No one I have ever known has hated the English. A lot are pro English and a lot who like to take the mickey out of our Southern friends but in a friendly way. Like we do with each other over religion, football or whatever. Its simply a case for some Scots that they want Independence as they can see the benefits. But likewise, a lot want to stay as part of the Union. But what it isn't, is some kind of deep rooted hatred stemmin
  5. Thank you for the recommendation, I will read up on that as I have other pro Union papers/books. Sorry, the last piece of my reply was worded clumsily and rushed. Majority of Scots didn't vote SNP. I meant they where the majority party. Couple of years back, I think it was 45% of the vote or something
  6. So who else do you vote for? Tories, Scotland hasn't voted for a Tory Government for decades but still get lumbered with one. They are generally disliked here. Labour. Useless. Green party. Pro independent as well Lib Democrats, no thanks Etc etc No political party is ideal. Its a case of voting who is the best for your individual reasons. For the majority of Scots, its SNP
  7. Don't be so hard, you English are not all nasty. Thank you Not taken as anything else as a friendly argument and banter. If I was short with anyone else, I do apologise. I was bombarded with notifications and trying to reply to them all. Will see you all at the border, I will be the one standing with the pitch fork wearing my kilt shouting 'Freeeedddooommmmmm...
  8. Because a vote for SNP is a vote to try Independence and the chance to get a different party in later with different views on Europe. Maybe its the lesser of two evils 😁
  9. Thank you for your sentiments, thats very big of you. If Independence comes, I think Scotland would do well. If not, its down to us Its funny how people run out of arguments and resort to insults. Actually happened very early on in the thread. Have a good weekend too Sir
  10. I agree. I would not want SNP to run an Independent Country on their present form If you don't mind waiting, I will gladly get them for you but not tonight as have things on.
  11. Just to clarify. I was always a unionist however looking into the facts and figures, it does make a compelling case for Independence for the benefit of Scotland but unfortunately, to the detriment of the UK. The SNP have their faults but a vote for Independence is a also a vote to possibly have a different party in an Independent Scotland To be fair, I am trying to respond to several different replies at a time so not capable of proving anything I say at this time. However, I'm putting the info out there. People can take it at face value or look for evidence to support it o
  12. That the cost to the British taxpayers for Scottish welfare state is not as bad as is often made out
  13. Do you think I've got the time or inclination to pamper to your needs. Go and Google it yourself If in doubt, check it out. If its wrong, I will double check myself and apologise for unintentionally misleading anyone
  14. Scotlands welfare costs under £3100 per head for benefits and pension. North East England is just under £3300.
  15. No, I said education has slipped over last few years. But I also said that this needs to be addressed. However, fact is that Scotland has free uni places and some of the best universities in the UK.
  16. No, I do as do all the other taxpayers
  17. True our education is slipping. Something that needs rectified but university education is still free. How much does it cost in England?
  18. Not got much in the way of rice resources unfortunately 😕 I don't agree with wanting back into Europe and thats a long discussion for another day. However, Scotland is loaded with resources
  19. We contribute our fair share to Westminster. Westminster overspends and apportions a share of the overspend as our 'debt' even though its spent on things like Trident, HS2 etc
  20. Tell you what, you disprove my statistics. I'm busy. And personally, I don't like Sturgeon though she comes across well at times
  21. Not rhetoric. Maybe independence is appealing when you are subjected to racist and insulting comments from some of our Southern brothers
  22. Got our fair share of idiots, thats true but more than our fair share of natural resources
  23. Scotland reportedly has 96% of the crude oil, 81% of untapped coal reserves, 65% of natural gas, 62% of timber production, 92% of hydro electric power, 40% of wind/wave electricity, 90% of all freshwater, 60 % of fish landed etc etc etc Feel free to build your hard border 😉
  24. An educated guess, I would say. As I clearly stated. And you obviously never picked up on my comment that laws are 'generally' changed by public opinion/pressure. Not always. In the case of the SNP, they are anti gun. And they know they have the support of the public. I've tried to be reasoned in my argument advocating that all shooters need to be ambassadors of their sport and not resorting to calling posts 'dross or BS' if you disagree with them. That says more about your character than anything. Thats the first I've ever heard of any civilian rifle shooting that requires a fi
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