Dear Mr Alexander,
Your position on the Scottish Independence Referendum is abundantly clear to all and in the view of many in your constituency, not in the best interests of your voters. Your support for the Union has been underpinned with numerous statements of how bad things would become for Scotland together with a view that a currency union would not be on the table in the event of a Yes vote succeeding this September.
Considering that you have described yourself to be a ‘loyal’ Scot, your efforts do much to undermine your country and your constituency. Furthermore, both you and your pro-Union colleagues have not, at any time, stated the risks to Scotland of remaining in the Union (as considerable as they are), choosing instead to concentrate exclusively on the negative aspects of independence. As a former Lib-Dem voter who has voted for you in the past, I pose the following questions to you…
1. Does Scotland – including its oil revenues, of course – contribute a larger share of the UK’s income than the share of UK spending it gets? (And I mean the SHARE, not the AMOUNT and remember, debt which has to be paid back does not count as “spending”.)
2. Regardless of whether YOU think it would be a good idea or not, is it true to say that an independent Scotland could continue to use Sterling as its currency if it chose, no matter what happens this September?
3. Your campaign keeps saying that independence would make our family and friends in the rest of the UK “foreigners”. Even if we accept that’s true, what’s wrong with foreigners? Would you love your granny or your nephew or your sister any less if they became “foreign”? If not, why does it matter?
4. In your view, would the rUK really build and patrol a 100-mile long physical barrier of some sort across the border if an independent Scotland had a different immigration policy? (Because obviously road checkpoints alone couldn’t stop illegal immigrants, who’d simply cross on foot.) And if so, what would you estimate as the construction, manning and maintenance costs of such a barrier?
5. The McCrone Report was kept from the Scottish public by successive Labour and Conservative governments for 30 years to prevent them knowing how rich Scotland would be if it were independent. Are you aware of any similar documents relevant to the independence debate which are currently designated secret?
6. If I vote No in September, can you guarantee that in five years’ time Scotland will still be in the EU?
7. If I vote No, can you guarantee that in 10 years’ time Scotland will still have a fully, adequately and publicly-funded NHS?
8. If I vote No, can you guarantee that the “Barnett Formula” used to calculate the Scottish Government block grant will still be in force by 2020 and set at the same proportions?
9. What will be the approximate set-up/annual costs of the tax-collecting bureaucracy your party (Lib-Dems) plans to implement in the event of a No vote?
10. In the event of a Yes vote, will the UK government have an obligation to pay the pensions of everyone in Scotland who has ALREADY qualified for the UK state pension, as would be the case if current pensioners emigrated to (say) Spain or France or Australia? I’m not interested in the Scottish Government’s position on the matter, I want to know what the UK government’s responsibilities are.
11. Do you personally regard Scotland a country or a region?
A Yes Voter in Nairn.