Re: The Politics Thread
Literally everyone in Camden, Primrose Hill & Hoxton I've spoken to wishes for independence, bound to be a few blue dots under London's mass of red.
Personally undecided, but if the situation were the other way 'round (indy Scotland merging with a bloated, abysmal UK) then there's no choice at all.
Difficulty is how would the Oil 'quota' be drawn up (if it's along International guidelines Scotland has a hell of a lot less than it thinks), who would lead (Congrats Salmond for securing independence, please step down henceforth) the country, what about Nato (non supportive of Nuclear weapons) & EU (need that central bank - no currency union) membership, how will the public sector be set up (and how much of that will be flogged to lcd private enterprises?), what happens with the current 'UK' public (NHS workers, Civil Servants, British Army) bodies and last but not least how will tax (especially corporation tax), benefits and pensions be decided and how will a public body (bodies?) deal with that?
IMO if independence is reached there'll be a massive rush before March. Corporation tax will have to be through the floor to attract more companies than there are already to get off to a running start, a Union/debt agreement will have to be reached with rUK to avoid (at the very least) Scottish bonds trading at junk status from the get go and some sort of long term transfer of rUK public bodies will have to commence.
If independence is agreed it'll definitely have been the most important development in UK politics in my lifetime, it'll be interesting either way - but in the event of 'no' and the insane amount of reconciliatory devolution that will occur how long would it be before the next referendum...?