Scottish Independence

by emilycao on February 9, 2014 - 11:38pm

Scottish Independence

On November 26, 2013, the website of The Globe and Mail published the article “Scotland unveils plan for operating as independent country” by Paul Waldie. According to the article, First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond unveiled a 650-page blueprint, the Scotland’s Future, which is a plan that the Scottish government has outlined in order to become an independent nation. The plan includes among other things a new constitution, a national anthem and keeping the British pound, the Bank of England and the Queen. One advantage of Scotland becoming independent consists of being among the top ten wealthiest countries in the world. On September 18, 2014, the Scottish people will vote in a referendum on independence. According to polls, the “No” side wins over the “Yes” side by about ten per cent but almost 20 per cent of people are still undecided. Even though Mr. Salmond, leader of the Scottish National Party, has been campaigning for independence since 2011, many Scots are still unconvinced. The moment the blueprint was unveiled, Alistair Darling who chairs the No campaign called it a “work of fiction” saying that it is a “fantasy to say [Scotland] can leave the U.K. but sill keep all the benefits of U.K. membership.”


Fighting for independence is a dream not only in Quebec but also elsewhere in the world. When asking whether or not it is a good idea to become a country, the concerned people must be aware of the advantages and the consequences of doing so. Publishing a document explaining in details how a society can become independent is a good way to inform its people. If we disagree with the independence, publishing an article dismissing each points of the plan for independence can also be a good way to express our opinion with arguments rather than with criticism only.


I agree with the idea of people having a say in the future of their home, but this raises the conflicts between nations, cultures, and believes. Hopefully they do not result in a deadly civil war between the "yeses" and the "nos".

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