Future of Defence

The elected representatives of Scotland, have a policy that says that Scotland will be defended by conventional forces only.

As previously discussed an independent Scotland does not want to have anything to do with Nuclear weapons, but wish to benefit from the collective defence offered by NATO.  They seem to be of the opinion that because they are Scotland, they deserve special treatment.  It should be pointed out that NATO’s collective defence has been built around the ultimate deterrence offered by Nuclear weaponry.

I suppose that Scottish political leaders are firmly of the view that defence relies on the goodwill of others. History teaches us that appeasement does not work and that by failing to have a strong defence and methods of deterrence we see the situation created by the Nazis  on the 1930s and more recently by Russia in the Crimea.  Being blind to the failings of others seems to be a failing of those that will only live on their principles.  The opposite of “War” is not “Peace“, but “Surrender“.

Both the Labour party in Scotland and now England/Wales as well as the nationalist parties want to strip the United Kingdom of its nuclear deterrence, this is both idealistic and extraordinarily naive.

The Scottish government have expressed the desire that Scotland becomes a nuclear free zone – I would, therefore, recommend to the government in Westminster that when planning for the replacement for the current Trident submarines, that they also factor in the cost of the building of a new base for the fleet in England, probably in Devonport.  When the time comes to decommission the bases at Coulport and also Faslane, that the cost of the redundancy is borne entirely by the government in Edinburgh, as the closure was entirely due to the policies of the Scottish Government.


Recently the debate has been in the Westminster parliament about the devolution to the various proposals for increasing the powers which are to be managed by the respective regions.

As is almost always the case with a transfer of power there is the inevitable bickering and posturing by politicians as the powers which are transferred or what does it mean.

No matter what is offered, how it is worded – there will always be a problem from the perspective of the politicians being offered.  Today, we have the Scottish Nationalists MPs demanding that Scotland should have the right to call a referendum whenever the parliament in Edinburgh feels that they can win the argument.  This should not be allowed as any vote has a disruptive effect on the rest of the United Kingdom.

Should at any date in the future, Scotland is allowed to hold another referendum, each of the other nations should be given their own referendum.  The questions should be:

  • Should Scotland be allowed to remain part of the United Kingdom? Y/N
  • Do you want to remain part of the United Kingdom? Y/N
  • Should the Union be dissolved? Y/N

We have been successful as the United Kingdom, being able to draw on the strengths of the parts.  As the old saying goes, greater than the sum of its parts.  However, the continual demands for independence from Scotland is proving a distraction from the ability to run the country and the time has come for the issue to be put to bed once and for all.

This following on from the Scottish and Welsh nationalist MPs complaining the England is being given a right of “Veto” over legislation that relates purely to England.  So we have a wonderful example of do as I say not as I do.  The time has come for the English to stand up and be counted.

England’s Vote

So far we have been hearing about what the Scottish National Party wants out of the UK General election on May 7th.  The latest headline would suggest that the SNP would be prepared to block the UK defence budget if they do not get what they want from the Labour Party and their union led leader Ed Milliband.

Scotland also wants to have full control over their own finances but will interfere with votes not involving them if they feel that it has a negative impact on Scotland.

I say, enough is enough.  It is time that the rest of the Union be given the vote on how we want to run our affairs.

The vote should be a simple one and one given to each of the 4 countries making up the union:

Do we want Scotland to continue to be a member of the United Kingdom? Yes/No

Should we dissolve the United Kingdom completely and each country going its own way? Yes/No

Note: All existing international treaties/membership and obligations would be by default the perview of England.

Negotiations would have to be undertaken to ensure that existing debts and national infrastructure would be share.

UK General Election 2015

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland are having a general election in May 2015.  This date was fixed by Act of Parliament by the coalition government.

The final outcome is so tight that the pundits are having difficulty in determining the likely outcomes.  In all probability we are facing another election where no party has an overall majority to govern.

As the Labour Party is looking more likely to lose the majority of their Scottish seats to the SNP, we are being given the prospect of Great Britain being run by the SNP as the “minor” party in the non-formal coalition.

Nicola Sturgeon has said that in the event of a hung parliament that she would work to ensure that the rest of the UK would benefit from SNP MPs.

Here is a note to Nicola Sturgeon – if England does no vote for the SNP – please do not presume that we share your vision of how we want the country governed.  You are hinting that Scotland wants to have another referendum about the elections in May.  The probable date for the referendum would be sometime after 2016.

This time, we, the rest of the Union also want a vote as to whether we want Scotland to stay as part of the union.

If the decision is such that the union is dissolved – we who live in England want a number of things to be stipulated in the legislation  enabling the separation:

  • Initial calculations for allocating of the national debt would be on the basis of British Nationals living in each country.
  • All British Nationals would have to indicate before separation as to the nationality they wish to adopt – Scottish or British – Dual Nationality with Scotland will NOT be allowed.
  • As the largest part of the United Kingdom and the fact that all international treaties and memberships were signed by the parliament in Westminster, the remainder of the Union will continue to maintain these membership.
  • The Pound Sterling is the currency of England which was shared with Scotland as a result of the Act of Union.
  • The Bank of England will offer no further support to the Scottish banks following the independence day for Scotland.
  • All Scottish Nationals would have no automatic right
    • Employment is the remainder of the Union
    • Residence in the remainder of the Union
    • Access to Diplomatic representation from the rest of the Union
    • All Scottish Businesses will be treated as foreign companies and subject to full extent of English law.
  • All Border and custom controls will be initiated
  • Scottish nationals will need to obtain visas to travel to England
  • The Nuclear submarine fleet will for the remainder of their service life be based in Faslane. All subsequent naval facilities will be based in England.
  • All future naval building for the Royal Navy will NOT be carried out in Scotland ever again.
  • All Scottish Prisoner in England will be sent to Scotland to serve their sentences
  • There will NO form of currency Union with Scotland EVER again
  • The Responsibility for the defence of Scotland and its territorial waters including search and rescue will be the SOLE responsibility of SCOTLAND

My preference would be for Scotland to remain as part of the Union, but this only works if all parts generally pull in the same direction.  However, the vision that is being offered by the SNP, bears no resemblance to any form of reality which anyone with a degree of common sense would see as financially sustainable.

The constant harassment, denigration, bullying, name calling and belittling of anyone who does not share the SNP vision of how Scotland should be governed has only managed to drive a wedge between Scotland and the rest of the Union.  As someone who is a British National, who has English Ancestry, I used to believe that the Union was stronger than its individual parts, but if Scotland is so convinced that they can be a better country, financially secure and living the SNP socialist vision of an independent country than by all means do so.  Scotland does not have the right to tell the English should be governed or the vision that we wish to follow.

I want a country that is

  • established on a sound financial basis not one being offered a vision that would make the Greek situation look like a walk in the park.
  • A country where everyone is given the best possible opportunity to succeed
  • Where the Nanny state is reduced to the minimum (politicians don’t know best)

In summary – if you want to go independent, then do so now and completely without any expectation of any form of support from the rest of the Union. We. are fed up with you. England is fed up with treated as Scotland’s whipping boy.  We are not responsible for the ills that affect Scotland

Scottish Financial Planning

The Joys of Optimistic Planning by Politicians.

The recent referendum in Scotland with regards to their political future has ended in the a narrow vote to remain part of the Union.

Part of the rosy independent future that was promulgated by the Scottish National Party (SNP) was that the vast oil revenues that was coming from the North Sea would provide for the secure financial future for an independent Scotland.

All of this was the vision based upon the rosy revenues being derived by the oil price being at $100+ per barrel.

However, within the space of 3 months, oil has dropped to below $60 per barrel.  We are seeing the deleterious effect that financial mismanagement is having on the Russian economy.  The lower price is affecting the oil companies who have advised that investing in the North Sea is unprofitable at this price level.

They are scaling back their investment and making redundancies.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30525539.

How would have effected the financial position of the Scottish government ?  Surely this would have delayed or completely put on hold all of the financial promises made.

Are we as the electorate and poor benighted suffering public, not sufficiently fed up with the promises of the politicians of the rosy future we will all have in the Utopian Ideal they offer, but based completely on fairy dust mathematics.  They have been learning from the management skills of Fred Goodwin, previously chief executive of RBS, who despite raising £12 Billion from shareholders to put the bank on sound financial basis, then had to be bailed out by the UK government to the tune of £45.5 Billion.

So RBS estimated the amount of capital required, was a mere 20% of the eventual capital investment.  This is a good example of the elaborate flights of fancy that seems to emanate from the politicians of the SNP and the Labour Party under the inspiring leadership of Ed Milliband.

Despite these financial failing, no one in the previous Labour government have been held to account for the dire financial situation we were put in.  So the SNP and other politicians feel free to make elaborate promises of free services and the continuous expansion of these free services, based upon revenues which have always been assumed to be and have now been shown to be fickle in the extreme.

What would happen if Scotland had been unable to pay their national debts in the future, would they expect that England would bail them out again as they had been following the Darien Scheme in 1707.


Whilst much is being made by some political elites of the wrongs, injustices and other failings that are being meted on a section of society by the other political elites.  They always paint a picture that under their “inspired” leadership things will be considerably rosier.

No politician ever wants to tell you all the truth about what would be required in order to achieve their vision of utopia, after all if they truly costed their vision properly and the practical impacts that would result from the disentanglement of countries, they would struggle to sell their vision.

At its simplest level, every single institution that current exist within your country would have to be reproduced once you choose to go “Independent”.  What are the implications?

Let’s start at the beginning

First of all – the country has decided to go independent, but what does that really mean?

  • New Constitution
  • Political Representation
  • Political Parties
  • Public Services / New Ministries / New Agencies
  • International treaties
  • Cross Border Agencies
  • Setting Up A New Country
  • National Administration
  • Judicial Infrastructure
  • Procurement
  • Immigration
  • Shared Contracts
  • Negotiation for Separation
  • Shared National Services

These are only the starting points for discussion.  Anyone wanting to add new topics or even an article please let me know.

Devolution and the United Kingdom

Having had the result from referendum on 18th September, we know that Scotland has decided for know that it wants to remain as part of the United Kingdom for now.

Part of the commitments made was that greater powers would be devolved to Scotland. The government have said whatever powers are devolved should also be assigned to each nation within the union.  In addition a resolution of the “West Lothian Question” would be put in place. In essence Members of the Parliament (MPs) Westminster, would be allowed to vote on Legislation which applies to their particular part of the Union.  Would you believe that this has not always been the case? – politicians!

This would see to be fair redistribution of authority and powers and for all parts of the union to be treated fairly.

Labour Party

Whilst the Labour seems to be content to that Scotland has not abandoned the Union, after all 40 of the 59 Scottish MPs are Labour, they are not prepared to offer the same amount of devolution as the rest of the UK.


Yet again the English are supposed to be roll over and be compliant saps for the Labour Party.  Why are the English not entitled to the same rights as the Scots/Welsh/Northern Irish?

Is this another case of Labour Party trying to ensure that the English are able to govern themselves.  Setting regional devolution is a not started as it would mean that we are unable to govern effectively and make England the way the English want it.  Or is it another case of the Labour Party wanting to retain power at all costs.  There is nothing wrong with MPs for a specific region being the only ones allowed to vote on Legislation that only affects them.  If Scotland wants to lower the rate of Income tax, that should be the rights of the MSPs, but it should be done on the understanding that no additional funds will be transferred from other parts of the UK to subsidise their operating model.

In essence we should turn the UK into a federated Kingdom, with some aspects reserved to the Central Government in Westminster, such as Defence, Foreign Policy and departments which have a national remit, such as Passports, driving licences etc..  Most other things should be delegated to the “National Assemblies”.  The difficulty will arise as to the redistribution of funds by the central government to the regions.

This is not a simple debate, but there needs to be a realignment of the political structure of the UK to take into account the aspirations of all the nations.  Otherwise we risk a demand for a new referendum and this time from the English.