I read the letter “Importance of the Vote” (Shetland Times, 9th May) and realised why people might vote “no” in the referendum.
To debunk every part of this letter would raise the editor’s ire so I shall restrict myself to three points.
The three writers are incorrect to say there is a “nationalist’s referendum” on September 18th, it is for the entire Scottish electorate and the Edinburgh Agreement permitting it in law was actually signed by, amongst others, unionist David Cameron. Better Together try to link the referendum to the SNP and Alex Salmond, which is disingenuous and I am sure the writers simply made a mistake.
“Remaining in the UK is the only way to guarantee to keep the pound” is quite simply wrong. It has been confirmed on live television by both our own MP Alistair Carmichael and Alistair Darling an independent Scotland could not use it. Any country may use it with or without Westminster’s permission as it is a fully tradable currency. I am sure the writers simply made a mistake.
“Remaining in the UK is the only way to guarantee pensions” is also completely false. Again Better Together use this in order to win voters through fear.
On Wednesday 7th May, Westminster’s own minister of state for pensions confirmed pensions would be unaffected by independence (www.government-world.com/uk-gov-minister-admits-pensions-safe-with-yes-vote/), so to simply repeat what pro-union MPs say is inadvisable without a little research. I am sure the writers simply made a mistake.
The writers also claim “many businesses plan to move their operations because of the prospect of an independent Scotland”
Name them in next week’s Shetland Times. Although it would be inadvisable to include Standard Life, BP, Shell, Aberdeen Asset Management, Tesco, BT or BAE Systems on that list as Better Together have tried to do. They are going nowhere.
All these points can be cleared up in live debate or by visiting mistake-free https://www.facebook.com/YesShetland.