Scottish Independence: An American’s View

As an American coming to Scotland for the first time, speak of Scotland’s possible independence is a completely new idea. Hearing about it all the time is strange and it is difficult to have an opinion when I’ve only been here but two weeks.

With that being said, I can see where both sides are coming from. On the side of those opposed, it is said that Scotland would be such a small country with its six million people that it would end up being quite a vulnerable country, especially if it came into a war. Also, the saying, “Don’t fix what isn’t broken” in my opinion seems to be quite relevant. I don’t know all that much about the subject, but Scotland seems to be working quite well with the rest of the United Kingdom and so why would it need to become independent in order to have the power, money, etc. to be a successful country?

On the other hand, those in favour of independence also have valid reasoning. Certain points that I have heard about are money that Scotland gives to pay for UK-wide services would be saved and able to help the people living in Scotland and the Scottish government would be able to fully focus on improving life for people in Scotland. This does make a good point that Scotland has built up its country and government to be able to support being independent, so why not make it official?

Since learning more about the debate of Scottish independence, it seems that a lot of people have become tired of all the talk and many people are indifferent to the situation. In all honesty, I think that is how I would be as well. Politics have always been hard for me to grasp and become interested in.

Being here now and knowing a little more about the debate, I’m still indifferent. I can understand why people have differing opinions and would probably be one of those people that did not mind which side won.