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The Scottish Government is currently administered by the Scottish National Party which was created in 1934 by the amalgamation of the Scottish Party and the National Party of Scotland.
The case for Scottish home rule goes right back to its unification with England in 1707. The view that the Scots who put their names to the Act of Union had been bribed, famously spurred Robert Burns to write:

“We are bought and sold for English gold.
Such a parcel of rogues in a nation.”

Robert Burns 1759 - 1796
Robert Burns 1759 – 1796

But for years the SNP struggled to make an impact, partly due to the on-going debate between those who wanted to concentrate on independence – the fundamentalists – and those who wanted to achieve it through policies such as devolution – the gradualist’s.
In its first test, the 1935 General Election, the SNP contested eight seats and won none. You can read more of the SNP’s history here

Seventy Eight Years Later

Seventy eight years later the SNP government in Scotland is still trying to gain independence from the rest of the UK. In those 78 years the world has changed a great deal from the way we communicate to our attitudes toward each other and our wanting to be a united world in peace and understanding. Way back in 1934 those thoughts were only dreamed of by a few people with a vision for a united peaceful world. The world is actually getting closer to working together and supporting each other. You may think that there is a lot of fighting going on at the moment, especially in the middle east and Afghanistan but in reality there are less people dying in wars than ever in the history of mankind.
What has this got to do with The Scottish Government and it’s vote on independence? Quite a lot. By reverting back to a1934 mindset, you are taking the people of Scotland backwards into an isolated situation. Scotland will not become a great country, but a poor relation to the rest of the world.

The SNP leader Alex Salmond is either on an ego trip or deluded by the thought that the people of Scotland would rather be a small insignificant power in the world. Could you imagine in 10 years time if Scotland was to gain its independence and the SNP were not in power, how a First Minister’s (or would it be president of Scotland) voice be heard at a United Nations conference!

When the rest of the world is trying to unite, why would anyone in their right mind consider it better to be divided?

In the 1960’s there was a great song writer who summed it up with one of the worlds greatest songs

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You, you may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you will join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can

No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You, you may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you will join us
And the world will live as one

JOHN LENNON – IMAGINE LYRICS

John Lennon
John Lennon – Imagine

I know it’s only a song, but songs do have power and meaning behind them. We use songs to make us happy, thoughtful and sad. Going against the flow of the world is not an easy path nor a successful one. As people we all need to be interdependent rather than independent which is the position Scotland is in at the moment.

The vote for independence timeline

Alex Salmond [First Minister of Scotland] and David Cameron [Prime Minister of the UK] on the 15th October 2012 signed the “Edinburgh agreement”, which is the first process of transferring the legal powers to stage the referendum. A Section 30 order which amends the Scotland Act of 1999 [ setting up of Holyrood parliament ] will pass through the House of Commons and agreed by February 2013.

The Scottish government is expected to table a referendum bill around early 2013, setting out the question on the ballot paper, the size of the electorate – including whether 16 and 17 year olds will be allowed to vote, and how much the campaigns for “yes” and “no” can spend.

Alex Salmond has posed the loaded question “Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country?” Election and polling experts say that is not neutral enough, since people find it harder to reject a question asking them to “agree” to something. The Electoral Commission could well ask for that to be amended, to make it more neutral.

The bill is timetabled to get royal assent in November 2013, when the Scottish government will also publish a white paper detailing its “prospectus for independence” and setting out the Scottish National party’s vision for an independent Scotland.

In June 2014, the final 16 week referendum campaign leading up to a referendum expected to be held in October would be due to start. Then both pro-independence and pro-UK campaigns will intensify, with millions of pounds being spent on television broadcasts, advertising and rallies.

Alongside all these steps on the referendum, the UK government will be putting the final touches to new measures to give the Scottish parliament the authority to set its own income tax rates, borrow some £2bn, and devolve stamp duty (the tax on house sales), land tax and landfill tax, in new powers that will come into force in 2016 – assuming the SNP loses the referendum.