I had a lively debate on Scotland’s independence referendum holding on the 18th of September 2014 with a Yes Scotland campaigner last week, for some reason it was relieving to discuss the issue without touching on the north sea oil reserves. I had been spoiling for this debate for a while and upon sighting them at the usual spot, I approached them. They seemed to know I was coming for one of them briskly approached me, my first question to him was “are you guys really really sure this is what you want?”. The calmness with which he answered was borderline arrogant and creepy like it was the umpteenth time he’d
Scotland is making a flying start to 2013, it has already been voted as the top travel destination for the year, a big boost for tourism which Alex Salmon, the first minister aggressively promoted last year. Scotland believes oil revenues from the North sea will make it a prosperous nation if independence is achieved but oil revenues which account for a fifth of Scotland’s annual income have been dwindling for years, hence the promotion of tourism and renewables. 2013 is also the year intense campaigns between “Yes Scotland” and “Better Together” (YES and NO votes respectively) will begin before Scotland’s independence referendum to be held in 2014.