Independence’s hefty price tag

A recent Scunthorpe Telegraph article on Scottish independence by Hugh Rogers was certainly interesting and, for me, of all the places and countries I have lived, worked and soldiered, the UK, and Lincolnshire in particular, is the only place that I like, and am generally comfortable with – warts and all.

As a person who was born in Glasgow and brought up in Galashiels, I am against any break-up of the UK as not being in the best interests of anyone. Yet politicians like Alex Salmond and his cronies appear prepared to break it up for a variety of quite irrelevant reasons.

Patriotism and pride of the country you were born in is a fine upstanding philosophy of some people – like the English, Scottish, Welsh or Irish and others – but to take it further is really a pain and is quite illogical.

As far as the individual is concerned, where they were born and goodness in life and to their fellow man is one thing, but what really matters is what is in their heart. I find it difficult to be proud of something like where you were born when you personally had specifically no control over that particular function. Pride in the country about what it has become and maybe your part in it is acceptable, but surely not because of some place you had no control of being born in.

If Salmond and his cronies take into account any financial considerations, which I doubt, we have only to look at the Barnett Formula heavily loaded in their favour. Even the Englishman who drew it up requires it to be revised, but sadly not done so by successive UK governments. In addition, when Scottish people realise they will have to carry their part of the £1trillion UK debt and the £40billion plus of taxpayers’ money paid into the Royal Bank of Scotland and the millions of pounds paid into the Bank of Scotland then maybe, just maybe, the ordinary people of Scotland will bring these backward-thinking people to their senses.

Certain misguided people north of the border must surely realise that harping back to North Sea oil is a thing of the past and even people in the Orkney and Shetland isles do not consider themselves to be Scottish, so Scots should not assume that they have a natural complete ownership of North Sea oil revenues.

My understanding of the situation of Salmond and his cronies is that they have not only got the patriotism philosophy all globally goofed, but clearly the complete financial aspect of Scotland standing on its own feet is absolute nonsense and trust that the forward-thinking good people of Scotland kick them into touch.

John Donaldson


North Lincolnshire