Currently Scotland has relatively wide autonomy under the British rule but there are still strong nationalist tendencies for having an independent country separate from the United Kingdom. This idea wasn't at very least hindered by the fact that the Scottish National Party became the largest party in Scotland in the parliamentary elections held at May 2007, getting 47 seats in 129-seat parliament and forming a minority government by itself.
What do you think, is Scottish indepedency realistic at some phase in the future? Would it be a good thing?
Heaven's gonna burn your eyes
16th April 2005
I think wider autonomy is probably a better option for Scotland for now, however I voted "No" but immediately regretted it.
I think the arguments for and against Scottish independence are about equal, and its more a matter of personal desire than direct gain/loss.
It'll be very interesting to see how the referendum goes - the SNP promised only to hold a vote on independence, not to outright declare it.
Not really very supportive of the idea of Scottish indepence myself, which is slightly ironic considering my middle name is Wallace, a distant relative of the Wallace clan that fought so famously against the English. I just don't see what Scottland could gain by such an act, they would just be isolating themselves from the rest of Europe. It's been 300 years this year since the Act Of Union. Isn't it time people realized that they live on the same island, so they might as well support a union?
I didn't make it!
I am always in favor of self-determination. If a large enough group of people living in a large enough area wants to be independent and autonomous then they should be allowed that right. Whether it is "good for them" or not is not up to others to decide, but for that group of people.
I voted no. I am related to Scots by blood.
I also dont see how having a independent Scotland would better than what Scotland has now. Being part of the UK I think makes them a stronger whole than a weaker individual.
If I were scottish, I'd say "no", on the basis that they probably gain more than they lose by being part of the UK. However, as a foreigner, I would support Scottish Independance, but only if a large and clear majority in Scotland is favorable to it.
Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
I voted 'yes.' England is a liability at the moment, and it looks to be so for a long time. Scotland should be looking to separate its government from us and look out for itself.
Personally I don't see the independence of Scotland as beneficial. Together the United Kingdom stays strong and if Scotland would become independent, soon Wales would demand it as well.
Unrealistic. IIRC the standard of living for people in Scotland would decrease because Scotland's economy wouldn't work well on it's own.
On a personal level, I would say "yes" on the basis of self-determination, but in doing so, I would be supporting at least on a philosophical level, the independence of Quebec from Canada, which I strongly oppose. So, I voted "no".