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  1. I class myself as British and we are officially British citizens. Britain has been together before most of Europe even existed and the US as we know it. While each parts keeps its nations name they have been intertwined to create Britain.
  2. They are comparable many us states have similar localised powers to Scotland, similar size economies and similar problems. They are still legally Scottish, Scottish leaders in charge of the uk= Scottish influence and power at the head of government just because they weren't nationalists doesn't mean they didn't pursue Scottish policies . The only reason they are having referendums is due to Blair's devolution. How can you say Scotland hasn't been represented in government, when they have had such an impact on uk politics for the past few decades and gained such power? I have seen no evidence that Scotland is the biggest export market for rUK and regardless Scottish exports to rUK are over 60%, any exports the other way around will be no where near this high. If I was to believe there would be NO QUESTION of a trade deal then you must agree the EU has to do a good deal with Brexit as the EU exports more to Britain than any other country at 16%. So how does the Scottish Economy gain here by independence ? Britain will gain good trade deals with the EU and have freedom to do elsewhere, will Sturgeon get better deals negotiating alone or as part of the UK? The Scottish government already has some control over much of what's you've listed. There first budget with tax powers last year yet they didnt really use them to makes changes to tax the SNP has been talking about for years instead just freezing some thresholds. This is simply what will happen after independence where tax and regulations will mirror rUK so it seems unnecessary to have independence when they are not utilising all the power they have now. The uproar from the National insurance doesn't show me any evidence that people are willing in reality to pay more tax. Why didn't the SNP use there power to increase tax rates in thier budget?
  3. They were not pointless comparisons as it shows the federal like system the us has compared to the uk nations. Blair and Brown were both Scottish and Scottish mp so it is a valid point that Scotland has had a powerful impact on the highest office of the uk. Yes I agree about the potential " dire economic" consequences of brexit but you are ignoring the "dire consequences" to the Scottish economy of independence? Access to the European single market and the world in general is minuscule compared to the trade with rUK and so aren't the all independence supporters juvenile for ignoring these dire consequences and assuming they can get a "good deal" ? The SNP have said today they may not even join the single market and aim for an agreement like Norway, Brexit may or may not have dire consequences but you can't ignore that there are exactly the same economic risks for an independent Scotland. Even if Scotland take on no share of the national debt they will still be running a high deficit and on day one as their books will not balance they will be heading to international creditors with open hands. They will have to cut spending or raise taxes somewhere. Yes our debt is horrendous we are on borrowed time, potentially going back to the 70s crawling the the IMF for help. But look at a tiny increase in National Insurance both the SNP and labour opposed this, look at the uproar created that people would have to pay a few pence more tax on incomes over £16,000. Neither opposition have offered an alternative to this and find £2bn that was for social care. You are assuming most people are willing to pay a bit of extra tax but evidently that isn't the case.
  4. What alternative facts, I'm the one using actual facts and numbers to make a point, not just an opinion that can't not be proven. I have always looked at independent analysis and surveys to ensure I am factually correct when I am discussing anything. Labour MPs had the whip but still rebelled? So if there was political will the brexit bill could have been defeated but mps have made up thier own minds to follow the results of the referendum. Yes I understand a they voted to remain but as part of the United Kingdom they have to take the good and the bad, you can't just throw your toys from the pram when you don't get your own way? What about all he good things Scotlands gets from the UK like relative financial stability, a strong world wide influence, a vital internal economic market etc The only reason Scotland has all those is that it has a huge monetary overspend which they themselves have shown, who will pay for free education and hospitals when they can only spend what they earn and borrow very little? Do the SNP even want full fiscal powers last time they wanted to be under full control of the Bank of England, so they want independence yet the protection and security of rUK?
  5. The point still remains that every country has the government that some parts of the population don't like and feel unreprensted but thats a democracy. California has power like a devolved Scotland so should they break away from the US just because they don't like this president or how they state votes isn't always the same as the winning president? It's only been since 2010 the SNP have had a majority so they always sent Labour or Tory MPs and for the last 100 years we have had Labour or Conservative governments. People are voting for the SNP not just for independedence a poll in a few years ago showed 28% of their voters do not want full independence, the SNP have simply mirrored the decline of Scottish Labour for the left wing vote. Of course the Consevarives have a majority but it is rare that every mp votes so their actual majority is dependent on everyone voting in the commons which does not often happen for many reasons. There were many Tory MPs who voted remain and it would not be difficult if Labour were strong they, the snp and a few rebels could influence brexit. Indeed Just because Labour is at the moment in-effective should not be used as an excuse for another independent votes, governments and oppositions are in constant flux that just how it works. The figures I quoted are from the Scottish government so they are not 'non existent' just look for yourself. They have had 3 years to come up with a real answer to all the unanswered questions over independence and we are still waiting. I don't expect a 100% detail but they haven't answered any of the major concerns.
  6. I voted remain for your information. Yorkshire has a similar population to Scotland shall we just have every county breakaway as it's not fully in charge/represented in the national parliament? The union is over 400 years old, there have been government's of all types yet just because they disagree with his government they think independence is the best option? We just has 13 years of Scottish Prime Ministers should I have kicked off and demanded English independence? Scotland has a strong voice in the commons if it joins with Labour is could easily affect ecominc policy etc but instead it just complains rather than using the power it could use in parliament. How would Scotland be an attraction for businesss, if the referendum campaign burns bridges, English trade with Scotland is so small there is no guarantee a deal could be made, the right wing conservatives may wish there not be a deal and while they are in government it is a possibility. Scotland have given no guidience on what currency they would use or any detailed economic plan. Scotland's yearly deficit is 9.5%, which is higher than Greece, with independent they would have to slash spending or have huge tax rises so I hardly see why they will gain from still having access to the single market when they companies can instead hop over to Ireland and only pay 14% instead of being heavily taxed in Scotland.
  7. It's not even clear Scotland could become part of the EU as Spain officials have repeatidly threatened to veto any prospect due to Catalonian risks. I respect her electoral succurss but she wants to have "her cake and eat it", the SNP have offered no vision independent Scotland that isn't built on debt or imaginary money. They complain about being run by London yet they are the 3rd largest party in the parliament. Why does she prefer to be ruled over by Brussels where Scottish meps have no influence compared to our U.K. parliament? This whole new independence debate is now centred on maintaining access to the single market but this only makes up a maximum of 16% of Scottish trade where to the rest of the UK it's 63%? How is she doing the best for Scotland when it's access to the English market that is vital for Scotland, without access to this market the Scottish economy would be left in ruins ?
  8. kangarooz

    Eurovision thread

    Sounds great to me
  9. kangarooz

    Eurovision thread

    But since the show it's supposed to be having some minor changes to give the chorus more power etc
  10. My figures are from a database which I believe came from the national office for statistics originally. Alcohol related hospital admissions have risen 115% over 10 years, while 48% of a&e admissions are discharged with no treatment or advise only. While some of this figure includes people who should have rightly gone have gone to a&e if they had symptons suggesting something potentially harmful; it still shows millions of people are going the hospitals unnecessarily which is causing a lot of the problems that have been seen in recent years. This is where a lot of the extra funding has dissapeared to, it's not a simple case of right/left wing governments as there are problems whoever is in charge. The workers undoubtly do their best and should be praised but it stills all comes down to cost, the NHS was conceived in a time of great need when life expectancy was around 65, more money and invested is required somehow for the uk but no one can agree who should pay or what excatky is needed.
  11. For one unlike her I don't just make things up, I'm just using the factual information to give some balance to the thread
  12. On the contary the NHS wouldn't exist if it wasn't for foreign workers, they are the backbone of the service and have been for decades so you can forget about labelling me as 'vile'. So where is all this extra money comping from, taxing the rich that will then move abroad, a new poll tax so we all pay more and everyone kicks off ? Out of the entire health budget £8.7bn is going to private institutions, and there has been private involded thoughout Labour governments to. The government can only do so much but if people won't pay more taxes or use the service better it can't survive. There is no easy options/answers but no one has yet come up with a solotuion that ensure the NHS is in a position of strength now and in the future.
  13. Come on the NHS/health budget has increased from £50bn 15 years ago to £140bn now, 175% increase ( since 2010 spending has increased by £25bn so the government is investing in the area) If more money is spent the country will just enter semi bankruptcy as we run out time on our debt and where will the NHS be then? It will no longer be free everyone will have to pay for everything on a day to day basis and the standards will collapse. People are using the NHS when they shouldn't or don't need to, e.g. alcohol related injuries in a&e, getting free prescriptions when they don't need them. People need to take more responsibility for themselves and help care for elderly relatives so not to increase the strain on the NHS. There is no more money and even with the increased spending being introduced if it's not used responsibly the health service will continue to struggle along till large change is enforced to make it more efficient.
  14. kangarooz

    Question About Apple Music Streaming Hits

    I would guessed no, as if it was bought as a single 99p and played that track its only one sale forever regardless of plays. But if you then stream the same track via the streaming platform it would count towards the charts.
  15. They seem to be saying it's due to mental health, nothing linked to terrorism/Isis but that could change
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