YES AND NO: Maureen Muller, Ian McLennan, Anne Gray, Peter Smith and Ian Saunders from Maclean are waiting to see the outcome of Scotland’s independence referendum.
YES AND NO: Maureen Muller, Ian McLennan, Anne Gray, Peter Smith and Ian Saunders from Maclean are waiting to see the outcome of Scotland’s independence referendum.

Watching brief for local Scots

IAN McLennan may be a fifth generation Australian Scot, but tomorrow's referendum on Scottish independence still makes him worry about his ancestral country's future.

Mr McLennan said his great-great-grandfather came to Maclean from Scotland on a sailing ship after being displaced by the English.

"They were looking for a better life and they ended up on the Clarence," Mr McLennan said.

"I am sure my great-great-grandfather would have put in a yes vote, but that was in the 1850s."

Mr McLennan said there was a lot of emotion and history that would influence people to vote yes.

"I am concerned for Scotland and have a great love for Scotland," he said.

"I am fifth generation out here and my feelings for Scotland are about as strong as the first generation.

"They have never had it so good in history as they have it now.

"Whatever they do I hope they are better off."

Mr McLennan said Scotland would be unsure if it could enter the Euro zone or the common market which would have grave impacts on the Scottish economy.

Scottish-born Maclean resident Anne Gray said independence was a lovely idea, but not a good idea.

"The young people will go with yes because they don't remember the poor times, which we oldies remember," Ms Gray said.

"I think it's a case of it's better with the devil you know than the devil you don't.

"I'll be watching with interest."

Pros and Cons

Pros

- Many laws enforced in Scotland are passed in England and are intended primarily for England without much consideration for the Scottish people.

For example, the winter allowance for pensioners in Scotland is the same as it is in England, despite the much colder and harsher climate in Scotland.

- Scotland would have a much stronger economy. Scotland owns huge shares in oil, which would not have to be shared after independence.

- Britain is arguably founded on extremely undemocratic ideologies. For example, 26 seats in the House of Lords (a senior committee that amends and passes laws) are taken up by bishops purely because they're members of the Church of England. The Scottish parliament has a much more democratic system, that does not reserve places for church members and uses a proportional electoral system for appointing members of parliament. Becoming independent would therefore arguably be a plus for democracy.

- Scotland is currently heading in a different political direction from the rest of the UK. Scotland is represented to the world by the Conservative party they have rejected for years.

Cons

- There has been speculation over how Scotland will survive if it no longer has access to the British "money pot". Many people say that going independent is an extremely large economic gamble, especially in times of recession and rising unemployment.

- Unity is strength: in its unity with the UK, Scotland is part of a very powerful, rich and influential state. Becoming independent would arguably significantly decrease Scotland's global presence and influence.

- Britain owes some very large debts to foreign countries, which Scotland is partly responsible for. In becoming independent it would have to negotiate which debts it should pay off, and how much it is singularly responsible for.

- Scotland's continued membership of the EU is not clear, as the European Commission has not been asked by the UK Government for a clear response. Experts and politicians have disagreed on whether or not Scotland's status as an EU member state could be established before Scotland becomes independent. The terms of this continued membership are also not guaranteed.

- From the website Twizz.com



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