Saturday, March 18, 2017

A Labour view of the Scottish Independence question

I've posted a number of views about Indyref2 from Conservative sources such as Ruth Davidson.

But belief in the UK is not the prerogative only of those on the political right.

Here is an article by Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale opposing Scottish Independence from a socialist perspective. A short extract follows

"Remaining in the UK means we can pool and share the resources of our entire country to invest more in schools and hospitals, giving everybody a fair chance in life. We are better placed to look after our older people through the UK pensions system, to provide security to our nation through shared UK defence, and we can make a bigger difference in the world as part of the UK’s broad network of humanitarian efforts.

Scotland’s trade with the rest of the UK is worth four times as much as our trade with the EU. That secures hundreds of thousands of jobs and provides our young people with almost unlimited opportunities.

Leaving the United Kingdom would mean at least £15bn worth of cuts to our public services. That would be turbo-charged austerity."

I don't agree with Labour on much, but she's right there.

Another perspective again is from academic Chris Deerin, who argues here that

"Whoever wins this second referendum, Scotland loses."


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