Consequences of the No vote

At least 50% of the time, the people of Scotland will be governed by a party they did not vote for and whose policies they overwhelmingly reject.

Scotland will continue to contribute £163 million per year towards Trident nuclear weapons. It's replacement will cost in excess of £100 billion.

The austerity programme which is punishing the poor for the crimes and mistakes of the rich will continue unabated regardless of whether Labour or the Conservatives win the next UK general election.

200,000 (1 in 5) Scottish children will continue to live below the bread-line in poverty, and that number is predicted to rise by 100,000 over the next 20 years.

16 and 17 year-olds will lose the vote.

The Post Office will remain privatised.

Our Islands Our Future will not deliver significant regional autonomy to Orkney, Shetland, and the Western Isles. Revenues from the Crown estates will not go to the Isles.

The Scottish Fisheries and Farming minister will continue to be excluded and not allowed to speak on behalf of these industries for Scotland in Europe.

Should any of the further devolved powers promised by the No parties actually be delivered, they will be a poisoned chalice which result in a cut to Scotland's overall budget. The Barnett formula is likely to be re-evaluated or scrapped.

Scottish people will continue to pay more tax to the UK treasury than Scotland receives back.

It will become ever harder for the Scottish Government to protect the NHS budget as it's funding is squeezed by Westminster.

Shale gas and nuclear power will take precedence over renewable energy, with the British government continuing to sell fracking rights throughout Scotland (potentially including Orkney).

Oil reserves will continue to deplete, but the revenues from them will not go to Scotland.

The Tory/Lib-Dem coalition in Westminster intend to proceed with a referendum on EU exit in 2017. The will of the Scottish people will have little or no bearing on the result.

Scotland remains saddled with the unelected, undemocratic House of Lords. Its 775 (and growing) members will continue to receive £300 of public money each per day.

Flower of Scotland remains the unofficial national anthem of Scotland, but no-one with a clear conscience can sing it.


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