I really don't get it at all, it's pretty much like UK having BNP as government. Can Scotland really be run by a Nationalist party, I don't think so and certainly not with the promises that Alex Salmond has made. Economically speaking, Scotland isn't as wealthy as most of the nationalists are being led to believe. A very high % is subsidised by the rest of the UK. Also Alex Salmond really isn't the best person to be running such a campaign, he's not yet been clear on how Scotland will move forward in terms of currency, what are his 3 plans B's as no one but him seems to know. Lets also put some facts into perspective on the whole matter, the facts that Alex Salmond say's is scaremongering.
Deliveries that are made to Scotland, are subsidised by the rest of the UK. The actual cost to deliver to Scotland, is spread out from the profits that are made within the UK on a whole (Many major chains have confirmed this) and to deliver to an independent Scotland, would mean the cost of logistics would go up. You can't expect to pay the same price as the rest of the UK, if they became independent. A prime example of this and a good example, is that of European countries such as Spain & France. If you wish to buy products that are widely available in this country, products that are classed as British then you pay more for them than you would here.
Now other products that come in from around the world, come to warehouses within England and not Scotland and so the cost to deliver them will go up also, as Scotland will have to pay import tax to the UK (something else that is currently subsidised on a whole by the UK).
Benefits to Scotland, is currently provided by the DWP. What benefit system does Scotland have currently, the answer to that is non as it's subsidised by the whole UK. Independence would mean not only providing their own benefits system, but would also mean the money as currently provided by the UK disappears and would have to come directly from the Scottish tax payer, which would mean taxes go up.
I've had to laugh at Alex Salmond for this "FREE SOCIAL HOUSING", who's going to foot the bill for it if Alex Salmond sticks to his promise of free housing. Councils will loose money, which would mean jobs are lost because they have lost a big chunk of their revenue and taxes will go up.
Unemployed: Current Unemployment.
The current statistics for the unemployed in Scotland is 190,000 as of March this year, that's 6.9% of the national average (this includes the whole of the UK). Jobs are going to be lost, as confirmed by many companies who have offices in Scotland, they will be relocating to England. Just loosing RBS and TSB, will increase the unemployed by 27,000 and it will increase.
Alex Salmond has already said, he will welcome everyone who wishes to come to Scotland. But who's going to pay for it all, that's correct not the UK, but Scotland.
My examples are only a tiny portion of the problems that will be faced by the Scotts, Alex Salmond promises that tax won't go up and will go down. But if you loose things that are subsidised by another country, then the only way to keep things the way they are is to increase taxes. Scotland has no military, which it will need in order to be a member of the UN and Nato. As it stands, independence would mean Scotland is open to anyone for attack and they have no protection from it.
I'm all for independence, if the reason for independence are correct and factual. But as it stands, the whole referendum is an utter joke. School children for the last 30 years, have been filled with the hatred for the English and driven with nationalistic views (I know this as fact, as I have a family member who is a Scottish and a teacher). Nationalism has been drilled into many people in Scotland, it's almost like my original reference of BNP running the country.
I really hope, that the vote is NO. Because Scotland will never be truly independent if they wish to be part of the EU, swapping one union for a much worse union is just stupid.