Scotland the brave?
Moody’s credit rating agency has just announced that in the event of a Yes vote in September’s Scottish Referendum a newly independent Scotland would receive a credit rating of ‘A’. Of course they can’t say this with absolute certainty but they are confident it will be lower than the UK’s current ratting of AA1. This would appear to have served an important blow to the Yes campaign, who were told by the powers at be in Westminster that they would not be able to enter into a currency union, upon which a positive credit score rests.
So lets look at what this means for Scotland. First of all this is only one agency’s opinion. Standard and Poor, another credit agency, has previously predicted an independent Scotland would qualify for its highest economic assessment. The UK as a whole is itself not immune from the blows of the credit agency, having already been stripped of its AAA rating. Secondly Moody’s rating is only for an initial assessment of a new-born enterprise, there is nothing to stop this rating improving as Scotland secures a currency and resolves debt and oil division with rUK.
However, if current polling is to be believed the momentum for this referendum rests with the Yes campaign. While the figures for the No vote has stayed stagnant, if not slightly dwindling around 50%, those in favour of an independent Scotland has risen steadily since November last year. Some polls have them within 2% of each other and a recent article on the Guardian website points out that the crucial difference may lie with the motivation of Yes voters to get out the vote. The article highlights that it is those who hold as yet unfulfilled political aspirations who will be first to vote and this small but crucial difference could give the final push to the Yes Campaign.
The Yes campaign is a grass-roots social movement that is not actually just about the SNP. Many unaffiliated voters with no party connection, myself included, have been ignited by this important issue and are joining together with volunteers across Scotland to discuss what matters most. It’s a positive campaign, where discussions about innovation, education, our values and our hopes are discussed and debated. There is room for disagreement and we need more than one party to lead Scotland into the future. We need fair and proportional representation, we need democracy.
Indeed the SNP and its tireless members have led the way, and I’m glad they have. I am so grateful to have a party that represents more accurately my left of centre democratic socialist values. But the SNP will not please everyone, they have been in Holyrood long enough to rub some up the wrong way, well Salmond at least. And that’s fine. Do you know why? In an independent Scotland your vote will count. You will have a say in how your country runs and if you are unhappy with those in positions of power you can tell them and get them out. I hope for greater influence for the Greens and maybe even the big three will make a come back. An independent Scotland needs everyone and will welcome everyone.
If you have a vote in the referendum make sure you use it. This one is too important to miss. This is a moment in British history, in Scottish history. Don’t miss it.