Ever since Nicola Sturgeon became First Minister at Holyrood, she has been utterly
obsessed with one thing only: independence. A dreamy craving to be separated from
the UK is much more important, and a greater priority, to her that all the 1,001
despairing problems with Scotland's NHS, economy and education. She’s not interested,
and never has been, in the important ‘bread and butter’ issues that affect so many
people in Scotland, over which they struggle with every day.
Having lost at the ballot box in 2014, she is now daring to impose yet another independence
referendum on the people of Scotland. Foolishly thinking they made the wrong choice
then, she just can’t accept reality. Like a wee girl having uncontrollable tantrums,
in the school playground, the First Minister has played the part well, daily, over
the past three years because she didn’t get what she, and her Holyrood crew, desperately
Stubbornly, and bitterly, refusing to accept that the UK voted to leave the EU, she
now seeks revenge by loading her ‘independence rifle’ - with Brexit bullets – ready
to fire at everyone on the other side of Hadrian's Wall.
There are an 1,001 reasons why we don’t want or need independence. For the moment,
I’ll only make a brief reference to only two. One of the fundamental reasons for
Scotland to remain a part of the 300-year-old union is an important economic one,
which cannot be lightly ignored by any sane person. Even though our block grant has
been cut by Westminster, it still remains a fact (to the annoyance of many English
MPs) that we get more per head in public services spending than England. This is
reality, whether we like it or not. To the penny, £10,536 is spent each year on people
here in Scotland, which is £1,460 more than the UK average of £9,076.
If anyone is fooled into thinking that ‘local oil’ tax revenues will maintain this
spend, they better think again. In the year 2001/12, Scotland’s North Sea Oil was
doing so well that the tax revenues were worth in excess of £9 billion to the economy.
By the year 2015/16, the last time that the figures were assessed, that revenue had
been virtually wiped out by the global fall in the price of oil. The revenue had
gone from £9bn to a mere 60m! Leading up to the 2014 referendum we were told that
an independent Scotland would be wholly reliant on oil revenue, to resolve every
foreseeable problem that goes along with governing ourselves!
Excuse me, but which planet are they on? It is high time that Nicola Sturgeon, and
all who are obsessed with independence, woke up from their dreamy sleep. Last time
round it saw the demise, from Holyrood, of the then First Minister, Alex Salmond.
Maybe, maybe Nicola Sturgeon has done us a very great favour, in calling for another
referendum, so that hopefully she too might at last disappear, forever, from Scottish
politics. She might be a great woman of learning, but she has very little discernment
or concern for the people of Scotland.
The persons we crave, and pray for, to govern Scotland are ones who fears God and
who, under His Divine hand, will make this once great country, currently upside down
and in much confusion, a great nation again. Only then will it have the blessing
that it is currently denied. It is dependence on God alone that brings about independence,
as John Adams, 2nd President of the USA and signer of the Declaration of Independence,
reminds us: ‘The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were
the general principles of Christianity. As the safety and prosperity of nations ultimately
and essentially depend on the protection and the blessing of Almighty God, and the
national acknowledgment of this truth is not only an indispensable duty which the
people owe to Him.’ And as the Bible records: ‘Blessed is the nation whose God is