Did you think I’d forgotten you?
Perhaps you hoped I had.
Anonymous asked: Seems like Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England just killed you nationalists currency plans. oooooppppppssss!!!
I’m sorry, but Carney also set out the positives of a currency union, like the elimination of transaction costs, the fact that it would help investment and integration and things from the lack of a language barrier to the better movement of labour supply, it wasn’t all doom and gloom. He also acknowledged how strong the Scottish economy is and how strong its recovery is, primarily due to the SNP investing in infrastructure projects and increasing demand in the economy. It reassured businesses in Scotland and the rest of UK, which is a plus. Nobody suggested that a currency union is a walk in the park, but the fact these discussions are even being conducted, shows that it is a viable solution. Carney delivered a very fair and balanced speech, giving us the pros and cons, a breath of fresh air compared to the finger wagging of UK Cabinet members stomping up here to lecture us rather than debate with us. But the most important point here, is that Carney said he would implement whatever the Scottish and the UK Government agree on. So it’s far from being killed off. Watch and read the transcript of his speech in its entirety, rather than jumping on the headlines in the media.
But as a side not, I also believe it is irresponsible of the Scottish Government (which I think you might be hinting at, in a rather childish way, mind) not to be planning an independent currency, with the view of establish a Scottish central bank. My preference would be to have the currency union in a temporary capacity and then to transition to an independent currency.
best thing about being at university? The amount of weight you lose. I’ve lost 4lbs in 2 weeks, since September I have lost almost 2 stones.
ithinkimarobot asked: I am generally against independence for many reasons but the main one being that I'm an all or nothing type of person so I don't get why we would still have the Queen or the sterling. Surely if we keep the British currency we are still tied to Britain? Wouldn't it just be like a smaller version of the eurozone? Our budgets would still have to be run by Westminster and if they screw up we get screwed?
I do not support the retention of the monarchy. It is an odious institution that represents the chronic social and economic inequality that plagues our society. I support the currency union for a short amount of time, I believe there should be the preparation and transition to an independent currency. But these are not arguments against independence. We simply do not know what the outcome will be of a currency union, as the Westminster Government refuses to even discuss it, let alone make detailed plans, which is a very irresponsible position to take. The Scottish Government has set out its plans, whether you agree with them or not, its time for the Unionists to set out their stall. But not everyone in our movement supports a currency union, and they have their own ideas, such is the beauty of a pluralist political and social movement.
Scotland doesn’t even need to enter a currency union, the evidence shows us that Scotland’s finances as they are now, could more than manage without a currency union. But if it is denied, then the Chancellor of the rUK has to explain why he/she waved away over £60bn in revenue, leaving a hole in their overall budget. But Scottish revenues, and oil and gas (which lies within the territory of Scotland) has been keeping the pound a float. A currency union is needed by Westminster more than it is needed by Scotland, so what is happening now is a lot of sabre rattling.
There is also a difference between fiscal and economic policy. Fiscal policy is control over tax and spending, which the Scottish Government will have full control over, economic policy is interest rates etc, which isn’t controlled by Westminster, but by the Bank of England. There really is a lot of windy nonsense over this currency thing. People can not see past the fact that Scotland will have 100% control of its economy, rather than the measly 15% under devolution.
But, I am more than sure Scotland will vote to secure its political and economic independence, the shift is happening and I know for a fact the Bitter Together campaign are in full panic mode.
Getting hassle from the better half because I don’t know who Robin Thicke is.
I’ve had to gently tell her to fuck off.
Anonymous asked: Why do you want independence?
i think it’s the best option for scotland. we’ve been drifting away politically, socially etc from the uk for years now; independence is the natural next step. i also want to bring back democracy to my country. i want one government that i voted for, not have 2 where there is one in london, that i never voted for. i don’t want westminster to have the control it does over scotland. 90% of its members make decisions that affect scotland, without ever having to face the scottish people and justify those decisions. and i want us to have full control over our resources. why can we be trusted to run our health service, education, legal system, and not our economy or welfare, or foreign affairs or defence etc? and i don’t want my fellow scots to be hammered by policies we never wanted or voted for or to see another 50,000 scottish children be thrown into poverty under the current arrangement. the union is dead and it’s time to not delay the inevitable
I’m sorry, but this reply to the anonymous question was actually made by me. Why is it appearing under another name?
Shit. Just realized the Walking Dead season 4 starts tomorrow.
Fucking right man.
18-25s have the highest rate of unemployment. People are struggling to get jobs in a competitive market and we’ve made sure that university fees are at an all-time high. They can’t afford to learn and it’s impossible for them to earn. Wow, poor them, they must be having a really hard time at the moment, right? Hey, let’s take away their benefits. That should motivate them. That should do the trick. #yolo
I am actually so sick, its not even funny. I even had to miss classes today at Uni. That’s how bad it is.