“Scotland to face ‘pension timebomb’” screamed Scotland on Sunday’s front page headline on April 7th.
Buried deep in the ensuing article Frank Field – the UK Government’s ‘poverty tsar’ – was quoted as saying “An independent Scotland is going to have the same problems as the UK” (my emphasis).
So just a minute, Frank, let me see if I’ve got this right. We face problems if we become independent and the same problems if we stay in the union. And who has caused these problems ? (rhetorical question !)
The big difference is, Frank, that when we are independent we will be able to take care of our own affairs and create conditions here in Scotland that will be in the interest of Scots and Scotland, and not be obliged to accept conditions that are essentially in the interest of the south-east of England.
After independence, you see, Scotland will be governed – not automatically by the SNP by the way, that will be up to the electors to decide – by the people who care most about this country – those who live and work here.
If you want to resort to unionist scaremongering, Frankie boy, you’ll have to do better than this !
It’s been pointed out recently that when Scotland becomes independent, this country will be prohibited by the terms of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty from having nuclear weapons. How long after independence should we give the Westminster Government to remove Trident submarines and their nuclear weapons from the Clyde ? Couple of weeks should do ?