What a day! The seventh Independence Day to be held in Scotland. It’s become one of the best days of the year. A days holiday and celebrations the length and breadth of Scotland with celebrations being held in many countries throughout the world by people with Scottish roots and expats.
Things have moved so fast and we have achieved so much. The initial referendum vote in 2014 looked like it was going to fail miserably but in the final couple of weeks leading up to polling day, more and more people decided to vote Yes and in the end it was a landslide. The Westminster politicians tried all sorts of scare tactics, which were negative, and never really managed to come up with a good enough reason as to why Scotland should remain within the UK. The day after the result was known was the biggest party ever, with people all over Scotland celebrating.
Of course it wasn’t going to last. The Westminster politicians then started to really fight their corner and tried to reduce the level of oil revenues and assets, which Scotland should be entitled to whilst pushing up the level of debt, which Scotland should accept. It looked kind of bleak for a while although most people would have accepted a bad deal just so Scotland would finally be independent. In the end it went through the international and world courts and the boundaries were agreed in favour of Scotland, meaning the greatest slice of oil revenues would be sent to Scotland, The assets were also agreed although perhaps not as fairly as it should have been and the debt was of course reduced to a realistic level. The icing on the cake though was a wee left of field plan, which Alex Salmond and his government had up his sleeve.
Alex went to the United Nations and raised an objection on the way Scotland had been treated by successive Westminster governments. He invoked the “indigenous people” standing which asserted the rights of the Scottish people to have a fair share of minerals found and exploited within the Scottish borders and territorial waters. The World Court found in Scotland’s favour and the Westminster had to pay reparations for the exploitation of the minerals and their lack of accurately attributing a fair value to them.
Now here we are seven years down the road. Our economy is in surplus by a huge margin every year. There have been further exploration taking place in the North Sea and around the rest of the coastline, which has resulted in huge finds of oil reserves. Fracking got underway in the Central Belt too and the price of gas has dropped substantially, due to the huge reserves found. We have our fishing grounds back and the fishing fleet has quadrupled in size creating jobs left right and centre. The Royal Bank of Scotland and The Bank of Scotland have been returned to Scottish ownership with their debts substantially reduced and investment money pouring in.
On the down side public employee numbers have dropped significantly, however, the private sector is growing and unemployment has fallen to it’s lowest in living memory. The state has shrunk! Regulation has been hugely reduced. The death of the climate change scam following the Goregate and IPCC court cases and resulting jail terms have resulted in cheap energy for us all.
One of the biggest surprises though, was the return of so many ex-pats from all corners of the globe. The change in status that was negotiated with the EU allows Scotland to be independent outside the EU but trade and work with the countries of the EU. This has benefitted everyone.
The entire country is a building site. The new bridge over the Forth is finished, the duelling of the A9 is racing ahead, the high-speed link between Edinburgh and Glasgow incredibly completed shaving 20 minutes from the journey. Edinburgh trams have been completed as originally planned with no debt, the rail link has been made to Glasgow airport and the three main airports are being upgraded to handle the traffic since we no longer fly via London.
You’ll remember the old phrase – Stop the world I want to get off! In Scotland we preferred “Stop the world we want to get on”. Gaining Independence allowed us to do that and we haven’t looked back.