1 Mar 2014

LIFESTYLE: Scottish Independence through the eyes of an ill informed 18 year old

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So, Scottish Independence is everywhere right now (well in Scotland anyway...) and up until recently it was a subject that I mostly avoided. As the title suggests, I'm not overly well researched in the subject and didn't feel like causing arguments when the topic came up in conversation previously. However with a mere six months to go until the referendum I decided that it was time I got myself informed. It's an absolutely massive deal that I'm proud to be alive and a Scot of sorts (despite what my accent may suggest, I've lived in Scotland for the vast majority of my life and if you're interested I consider myself as being British). This is something that will be part of the history of Scotland for thousands of years to come and I'm determined to cast the right vote.

As I mentioned in the previous paragraph, I consider myself to be British. A little back story here: I was born in Manchester and lived there for my very early years before moving to the Glasgow area. My mum is also from Manchester whereas my dad is from Glasgow, my brother was born and raised in Scotland. I have a very odd accent combination (always gets the taxi drivers talking!) that's Mancunian with a Scottish tinge. It's hard to describe I suppose, but according to my uncle I sound like Amy Pond from Dr Who.

My intention for this sort of mini-series of posts is to document my experiences with the referendum and see how my opinion changes based on research. My university is holding a few debates (I attended one last Monday) and I'm slowly working my way through the White Paper for Scottish Independence on my Kindle as well as reading various articles. I'm trying to start this from an unbiased view as the numerous scaremongering tactics used by the Yes & No campaigns has been very off-putting for me so far. As always, I'm incredibly open to hearing your opinions & views however I just want to make it clear that I won't tolerate anything that I feel is forceful, offensive or just generally rude. What I write here is my opinion and you don't have to agree with me, I just fancy sharing my thoughts on a very important time for my country.

Basically, every month I will just summarise what I've been reading/doing in regards to Scottish Independence and my general feelings towards the vote. As this is just a kind of introductory post (and a long one at that) I'll just leave it here for now and pop up another post towards the end of the month on how I felt about the debate at my university, the White Paper (if I ever finish it) and my current attitude.

A few general things I'm concerned about are:
How will independence affect me as a young person in Scotland? (e.g. my education, career prospects, minimum wage, rights etc)
What will be done to help those most vulnerable such as the elderly, disabled and those in poverty?
What place do nuclear weapons have in Scotland? (this is something I feel quite strongly about, basically all of my essays in English were somewhat to do with nuclear weapons... or Michael Jackson but that's another story)
Will I have to pay for prescriptions in an independent Scotland?
What affect will independence have on vital public services such as the NHS?
How will independence affect me if I want to work abroad in the future - even if it's just England?
If Scotland becomes independent and is not accepted into/decides not to be part of the EU how easily will I be able to travel & trade between countries?
Obviously that's not everything, but it's just a few of my burning questions!

I hope it's somewhat informative and interesting, I promise I'll try not to ramble too much.

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  1. I'm really looking forward to this series Charlotte - for ages I didn't know much about it at all but recently I've been getting a lot more clued up and am fairly certain it'll be a 'no' vote from me. Having said that, in a few weeks I'm going to a debate on the implications of independence for financial services (I work in pensions so it's something I feel quite strongly about!) and am going to try to keep an open mind.

    Regardless of whether people are more in the yes or no camp I think it's so important that everybody does take the time to read up on both sides and make an informed vote because it's such an important decision!

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  2. Oooh this is going to be a really good set of posts, I'm already decided on voting no when the time comes as for me the risks of an independent Scotland aren't worth leaving the uk. I'm scottish through and through but I'm also British and I can't see how an independent Scotland will be able to cope financially - things will have to give( despite what Alex salmond is saying )

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  3. I really think this is a fantastic series & it is fantastic to see students getting activly involved in politics. I am looking forward to reading your posts and seeing how your views change with all the research - I am very much for the 'no' vote but thats becuase half my family are Scottish (including my mum) & I associate myself as British not English!

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  4. I love that you've not been afraid to incorporate a political aspect into your blog! And I really admire how you've approached the issue. Instead of coming in guns blazing about an issue you don't fully understand, you've presented your indifferent standpoint until you find the evidence to sway you either way, from careful consideration. Love it!

    I am the same, to be honest. I'm from Wales but attend uni in England and I haven't really given it much thought tbh. My brother lives in Edinburgh and fully supports independence, but I am hopefully going to attend this journey with you and come to a conclusion!

    Thank you for this!

    - Natalie
    www.couttiepie.blogspot.com [A Fashion and Lifestyle Blog]

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  5. really enjoyed reading this post! and im the same, ive not really cared about finding out about whats actually going on but because what the result is of the referendum will affect me and how i live the rest of my life i really should take up an interest.
    cant wait to read the rest of the series when you upload them each month!
    Lauren | OhHay Blogs!
    xxx

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