Richard Drax MP writes: We all need Union vote

Richard Drax

Richard Drax

First published in News

TOGETHER we stand, divided we fall. That’s my view on the Union and continues to be.

The fact we’re only months away from a vote which could shatter it is depressing, to put it mildly.

A clever politician, it has to be said, Alex Salmond exploits the historic angst between England and Scotland to promote his case.

The polls show that Mr Salmond is losing the argument, but complacency is a very present danger.

The vote has been a certainty for a year, but it’s only now that serious questions on responsibility for our national debt, North Sea oil and the role of the pound are being debated.

The recriminations that would follow a ‘yes’ vote would be devastating, and rightly so. Britain would be diminished permanently by the loss of our closest cousins.

Our international standing would be significantly weakened, while at home Mr Salmond’s victory would encourage others of similar mind to exploit the gaping vacuum.

I’m thinking on an independent Wales, and who can second-guess what would happen in Ireland.

Then there are the losses of the saltire from our flag, the distinguished Scottish regiments from our army and, yes, the genuine rivalry during the Six Nations, which only a united country could possibly engender.

And in the event of independence, what would happen to Scottish MPs after the general election and would a minority Labour government have any legitimacy?

I’ve always been a David Bowie fan and he’s risen even further in my estimation when he sent Kate Moss to the Brit Awards to beg Scotland to ‘please stay with us’. While his approach was unorthodox, I agree with his sentiment.

Finally, why is this referendum restricted to Scotland?

Surely, if we are going break up our great country, we should all have a say.

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1:44pm Fri 28 Feb 14

JamesYoung says...

Well, let's be honest, we need their oil.
I personally wouldn't be saddened to see Scotland gain independence. The criminal Barnett Formula gives more money to Scotland than England, meaning they get better healthcare, free university tuition, better drugs for later life, and don't need to sell their homes to pay for care.
And the blighters don't even say thank you.
Well, let's be honest, we need their oil. I personally wouldn't be saddened to see Scotland gain independence. The criminal Barnett Formula gives more money to Scotland than England, meaning they get better healthcare, free university tuition, better drugs for later life, and don't need to sell their homes to pay for care. And the blighters don't even say thank you. JamesYoung
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2:14pm Fri 28 Feb 14

shy talk says...

James you forgot to add. Scottish MP’s can also vote in our parliament on English legislation. But our MP’s cannot vote in the Scottish parliament. It seems to me that some Scots want their cake and eat it, with all the trimmings.
James you forgot to add. Scottish MP’s can also vote in our parliament on English legislation. But our MP’s cannot vote in the Scottish parliament. It seems to me that some Scots want their cake and eat it, with all the trimmings. shy talk
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3:08pm Fri 28 Feb 14

RifRafDac says...

JamesYoung wrote:
Well, let's be honest, we need their oil.
I personally wouldn't be saddened to see Scotland gain independence. The criminal Barnett Formula gives more money to Scotland than England, meaning they get better healthcare, free university tuition, better drugs for later life, and don't need to sell their homes to pay for care.
And the blighters don't even say thank you.
Thank you.
[quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: Well, let's be honest, we need their oil. I personally wouldn't be saddened to see Scotland gain independence. The criminal Barnett Formula gives more money to Scotland than England, meaning they get better healthcare, free university tuition, better drugs for later life, and don't need to sell their homes to pay for care. And the blighters don't even say thank you.[/p][/quote]Thank you. RifRafDac
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10:54am Sat 1 Mar 14

Galbraith1314 says...

The quicker England can learn to stand on its own two feet and stop sucking Scotland dry of not just our oil, but the electricity we export to you lot, then the better for everyone.
The quicker England can learn to stand on its own two feet and stop sucking Scotland dry of not just our oil, but the electricity we export to you lot, then the better for everyone. Galbraith1314
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5:45pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Hateignorance says...

What the hell has this got to do with south Dorset? If we had a vote I would vaguely see the point but we don't. Richard Drax has nothing to say about his constituency and time and again ignores it. Dorset Echo invited Tory to talk about Scotland; Israel; London... anywhere but here. Strange!
What the hell has this got to do with south Dorset? If we had a vote I would vaguely see the point but we don't. Richard Drax has nothing to say about his constituency and time and again ignores it. Dorset Echo invited Tory to talk about Scotland; Israel; London... anywhere but here. Strange! Hateignorance
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