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September 15, 2014 Comments (0) Views: 1346 News

Op-Ed: You can be a No voter and a proud Scot

There is less than three days before the historic vote that will change the shape of the UK. It’s absolutely heart-breaking to see the level if venom and hatred that has been stirred up. People being attacked, spat at and their lives threatened for standing up for their right to have an opinion – just one that is different from the nationalists.

They hiss ‘How can you be a proud Scot and be against independence?’ To some this is tantamount to being a traitor, for inferring you don’t believe in Scotland and we should ‘eff off out of Scotland.’

On the contrary, I believe in Scotland. I love it and can’t imagine living anywhere else. It has a lot going for it. But I also recognise that the union is greater than the sum of its parts. I truly believe we can accomplish more together and grow and prosper.

I am also a realist. The cold, hard facts clearly show that we simply could not afford to go it alone and our living standards would drop. That doesn’t mean in any way that I don’t have confidence in Scotland because I do, but you simply can’t ignore the information that doesn’t fit in with Alex Salmond’s nationalist Utopia.

There are simply too many unknowns and plenty of downsides to going it alone. The union isn’t perfect, no one is try to say it is, as there have clearly been problems along the way. By the same token, the SNP government in Holyrood certainly isn’t perfect either, far from it – otherwise they would have won more than 31% of the vote in 2011.

While I can understand why people are pushing for change that doesn’t mean we have to break up to get that change. The team isn’t broken, we just need better team players.

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