Continuing Benefits and differences

The Benefits of being even marginally in control of the conditions we live under in Scotland are continuing to accrue, but in some respects we are fortunate to have the government we have in place to ensure it stays that way. This may not always be the case, and it would be foolish to expect it to be so, should we continue to be part of the UK. Can we seriously expect the SNP to pull off the supposedly impossible of a majority in the Scottish parliament indefinitely, I would think it unlikely in the extreme.

So what are they doing down south which we are currently sheltered from?
They are acting against the vast majority of doctors and nurses wishes, and indeed riding roughshod over them, by introducing the gradual privatisation of the Health Service.
Our Scottish NHS is thus far immunised from such a viral attack on it.

They are proceeding with the privatisation of the police force. including some investigative functions.
Can you Imagine what it would be like to have a police force which is privately accountable? Targets for arrests, would lead to the poorest in society further criminalised and unable to defend themselves!
This is associated with the current bill being forced through parliament by this government in restricting those who qualify for Legal Aid. Unfortunately we wont be immune from this bill, and it will effect us in Scotland, Like it or not.

We all know of the massively increased fees for students attending English Universities. Labour and the Tories said we couldn’t hold our right for free education here, the SNP said otherwise, and many of our young bright students, from whatever social background have continued to benefit from this. It wont stop the attacks from Tory ministers and Lords attempting to derail this Scottish set of values, and Labour if they get back into government in Holyrood will soon overturn it.

The privatisation and hugely increased water costs for the populace has been in place down south for a number of years, yet Scots are having to pay these private companies for the upgrade of Londons sewers.
Both the LibDems and the Tories were demanding the privatisation of Scottish water prior to the last Holyrood elections, just as well they didn’t get in! Water absolutely must stay in public hands in Scotland, and as we see the droughts and hosepipe bans already being called this early in the year in England, water is increasingly going to be an extremely valuable commodity, and we have plenty!
There may yet come a day when it will be more financially valuable than oil!

In the South, the elderly have their hard earned savings taken away from them to provide elderly care, while in Scotland we look after our old people much better.
They did away with bus passes in many areas of England, and there have been noises recently in Scotland by Labour that the bus passes should be restricted, which is a short step from removal. All so that they can ensure bus companies retain their profit margins!

It England and Wales the cost of a doctors prescription is now approaching £8
In Scotland the ill receive their necessary medicine for free.

In England more and more money is spent on London at the expense of all other regions outwith the South and South East..This is devastating the rest of Englands regional economies in the midlands and the North of England.
Scotland is the richest area outwith all the British Isles outwith London and the South East, and that is despite the UKs continued attacks on our economy, by removing air bases, coast guard services, and the denial of investment in our clean energy industry and taking all our taxes!

Only now is England considering a council tax freeze, when we have already through the SNP had that small blessing since the last parliament.Again despite the Unionist parties all objecting to it, but Labour change their mind from council to council and in the parliament so much, that it is hard to say where they are today?

The British Government also stole millions from Scotlands charity lottery funding to help pay for the white elephant called the London Olympics. We were supposed to get a proportional share of the business contracts for it…But the last Labour government never made any application for scotland, so we have been left with very little other than asking people to run with torches. GO figure.

We are the largest oil and gas producer in Europe, yet we are landed with highest fuel bills to go with it.
We are penalised by paying the most to the National Grid, while london and the South pay little charges to grid for producing next to sod all.

Other things which are currently out of Scotlands control Include the attack on the Welfare state, where the poor will be further penalised, and the ill and dying forced off benefits to look for work if they are expected to have more than 6 months to live.

Its not so much a case of Scotland pondering over whether we need to stay in the Union….It is a case of that we will absolutely have to leave the union if we want to survive and protect our people and communities from the UKs greedy excesses. We have not a choice between yes or no….We Have No choice at all , we must make our own way or we are stuffed!

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About auldacquaintance

I am not a member of any political party. I am however a strong supporter of Scots Independence. Any views which I express in this Blog are purely my own. This Blog intends to be a place where I will be putting my views on Scots Independence. It will primarily concern itself with the upcoming Referendum In Scotland. However It will also be somewhat diverse in the range of day to day issues which are evident to me in modern day Scotland. Not all of it will be political, and indeed may take me off into avenues I am not even aware of yet. Please come and join in on this journey, and any comments are welcome provided they are not abusive! All the best from a new acquaintance! Rod
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5 Responses to Continuing Benefits and differences

  1. Bruce says:

    I don’t enjoy that many blogs or admire the people that write them but I enjoy yours a great deal. If it’s ok I post your link on my facebook. Thanks

    Grumpyscottishman

  2. longshanker says:

    Well argued and articulated, as to be expected from your blog. I’m not a Labour supporter but I do also believe a few other utilities could be doing with either re-nationalisation or proper regulation – Scottish Water acts as a beacon to why privatisation of vital public resources should be resisted and possibly reversed – where affordable.

    My overriding belief is that (Scottish) Government should act as a bulwark against encroaching powers with anything but the public interest as their core values. This piece is certainly a welcome reminder of what I’m against. I cannot countenance ever voting No come the referendum.

    A real worry about independence though is my complete distrust of some of Alex Salmond’s motives and inactions.

    I’m not against the jobs going to be created by Amazon per se, but I was absolutely shocked by what Alex Salmond and the Enterprise agency did not say regarding Corporation tax in a future independent Scotland. There was also no mention of employment practices or protections for workers at the fulfilment centre(s).

    A real fear of mine which the Amazon story amplifies is that Alex’s vision of Scotland, despite some of his heart touching rhetoric, is pandering to Corporate governance. I actually view this as worse than the Tories, or at best, the same as the Bullingdon boys club.

    Cheers again for this blog, it reminded me of some of the things I too easily forget.

    • I think that it is too early yet to expect some of the answers you would like to get.
      Namely, because I suspect that from June this year, we will start to really hear the case being put forward for Independence. It will I suspect all be managed in a disciplined fashion from that point on.
      It also bears keeping in mind, that while the SNP are the ones which will lead Scotland to independence, what happens afterwards will define where the country progresses, and the SNP will not be the government forever, there will be huge changes in Scottish politics, and possibly new parties too.
      It really will be up to the people of Scotland to shape our own future.

  3. I have now heard it mentioned a couple of times about how we(south east England) should have a national grid for water,Now for years I have been saying that once the oil has gone the water will be next,then the land,but the land of Scotland can already be bought on the commodities markets of the world.We will have no country to leave for future generations,unless we seize it now!I never thought I would still be alive when the water was being stolen,but I am so far.For me it is independence first and foremost,we can settle all else when we are independent.

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