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To the anon in my ask, I will reply tomorrow. Have a 9 hour shift at work tomorrow and I need my sleep haha!

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Anonymous: Surely unemployment will increase if we go Independant? 57'000 Scottish public sector jobs controlled from Westminster will immediately be lost not to mention the 200'000 strong financial sector will be ravaged by job losses as companies leave (standard life will leave and companies like Lloyds all have preliminary plans to leave) and that's not including any other companies from other sectors! This will cause the negative multiplier effect surely and means local business will struggle too?

That is certainly not true. I’m gonna bullet point this shiet to prevent an absolute novel appearing on my blog.

  • The responsibility of the Scottish jobs supported by Westminster will most probably be handed over to Holyrood. There is no reason for them to be “immediately lost”. That is a rash and daft statement to make. Why would Westminster just make 57,000 people redundant when these people could just continue being employed but be paid by Holyrood instead?
    May I ask, what source do you have to make that claim?
  • In response to your point about financial sector job losses, I don’t think you fully understand the implications of what some banks have been saying recently. Your misconception here is alike many others being scared by independence and leaning towards No. Both RBS and Clydesdale’s statements said two things: that their move to England was a contingency plan they would have in place as a possibility and NOT a definite plan, and that all that contingency plan consists of is RE-REGISTERING THEIR LICENSE TO A LONDON ADDRESS so that the Bank of England would be able to lend money in times of trouble. This is a precautionary move in the case of a currency union after independence. THEY ARE NOT MOVING ANY OFFICES OR JOBS (I explained all of this in the last ask I got). I read earlier today that “there is the potential that in the long term, they (the banks) might recruit some new positions there (in England) that may otherwise have been recruited in Scotland, but we’re talking in the very long term now, and it’s purely speculative.”
  • The only valid point I can gather from this is that Standard Life has said it will move thus result in job losses.
  • With Holyrood running its own affairs, huge job opportunities will arise. It doesn’t take a mastermind to realise this. We will need secretaries, researchers, agents, a whole variety of positions. Take a look on YesScotland.net and it will explain all the job-creating powers Scotland will receive in an event of a Yes vote.
  • P.S. I have just recently found out the Lloyds HQ is in fact already in London and has been for years. So why is it being perceived that RBS’ HQ move to London is such a monumental “threat” to jobs? That simply is not true. As I have explained, the motivation of the move it is so they can be within the safety net of the Bank of England.

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Anonymous: Are you still voting yes maddy? What are your thoughts on everything at the moment? Hope you are well.

Hey anon! Hope all is well your way too. I’ll tell you what - I had a huge freak out earlier this week. It was all getting a bit overwhelming and I got really scared. My dad, a Professor of Economics, is a No supporter, and in my experience as his daughter he has a pretty good rate of being right about things like this haha. He’s a very smart guy, and obviously economics is a big part of both the Yes and No campaigns, and to not listen to his warnings of a Yes vote almost seems daft. However, much of my fear over the past week has been fueled by the all-too-biased and scaremongering media (FUCK DA BBC BRUH). “RBS HQ PLAN TO RELOCATE TO ENGLAND IF SCOTLAND VOTES YES” - these sort of headlines shook me up a lot. But, after talking to my dad of all people, he explained that this is only so if RBS run into trouble, they are under the jurisdiction of England so that the Bank of England, the central bank, can lend a helping hand. Their move will not seriously affect the Scottish economy or Scottish jobs at all. And after all that, and despite every warning about a currency union, I still struggle to see a reason to vote No. I honestly do. Of course there are risks with a Yes vote, of course independence could be costly to Scotland, BUT WHAT JOURNEY TO INDEPENDENCE HAS EVER BEEN A WALK IN THE PARK? It will only be costly at first. There will be times of hardship, there will be hurdles, but they will be overcome. We are a prosperous nation and we will strive. And now that Westminster has realised that we may actually go our own way they are so desperate that NOW they say that WE MIGHT get more powers in the event of a No vote. What fucking bullshit is that? 2 years ago Cameron didn’t even let Salmond put the option of more powers on the ballot paper!! I do not trust a single WORD that comes out of Cameron’s mouth. Ha, I don’t even think a lot of English people do either!! This is just a desperate, shallow, almost meaningless bid to keep control over a country wherein his party has NO mandate. Scotland has never been and never will be a Tory nation. If you vote Yes, you vote for SCOTLAND to be governed by SCOTLAND (over the last 50 years, I believe there have been less than 5 occasions where Scotland got its PM of choice voted into Westminster). If you vote Yes, you vote for children to be lifted out of poverty (1/5 live below the poverty line in Scotland, and the current Tory government is just worsening that figure). If you vote Yes, you vote for lower unemployment rates (independence would bring huge job-creating powers to Scotland). If you vote Yes, you vote for the poor and disabled to stop being unfairly taxed and fiscally discriminated against (heard of the bedroom tax?). If you vote Yes, you vote for closing the inequality gap (UK is one of the most unequal countries in the world). If you vote Yes, you vote for hope, you vote for prosperity, and you vote for a future.

So there you go anon, I’m still voting Yes no matter what. And if in the future my children are suffering living in the Union from tuition fees, from paying for their medical care, from getting a Prime Minister they didn’t vote for, I wouldn’t be able to forgive myself if I voted No.

I’d just like to say one last thing. What the Referendum has done to Scotland is phenomenal; it has politically reengaged the population. EVERYONE is talking about the Referendum. It is expected that there will be a record 80% turnout. The politicalisation of Scotland means that even if it is a No vote, the Scottish campaign for Independence is far from over. So no matter what happens on the 18th, I still have hope for our country.

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