Scottish Independence Essay Argumentative

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Essay on Scottish Independence."The beauty of independence, departure, actions that rely on themselves"-Walt WhitmanCurrently Scotland is part of the United Kingdom. Scottish Independence is "a political aim for some political parties, advocacy groups, and individuals in Scotland for the country to once again become an independent sovereign state." A Referendum ("A general vote by the electorate on a single political question which has been referred to them for a direct decision.") will be held on Thursday, 18 September, 2014 to decide whether Scotland should become an independent country. I am for Scotland being an independent country primarily because of, but not limited to, the points listed below.Scotland will be more prosperous and economically better off as an independent country. In any society, one of the main questions asked before any sort of political decision, whether it be by the prime minister or just an electorate deciding who to vote for, is if I decide on this option, will I or the country be better off because of it. It is no surprise then that this is one of the main points brought up in the referendum debate. Objectively it seems that Scotland and subsequently the people of Scotland will be financially better off if Scotland were to become independent. A lot of people say this is primarily because of the North Sea oil. Although North Sea oil is important and is in itself another point of discussion/concern for the Scottish government and its people, even without it Scotland's economic output per head is 99 percent of the UK average- and with oil it is 118 percent. This means that over the last 30 years we've paid more than our share of tax.. This isn't a recent or random occurrence either, for decades the amount of tax revenue generated in Scotland per person has been greater than the figure for the UK as a whole. In the most recent year, Scotland contributed £56.9 Billion in tax revenue. That's equivalent to £10,700 for every person in Scotland. In Comparison the average tax revenue in the UK as a whole was just £9000 pound per person. If you do the math then Scotland has been paying £1,700 a head extra in taxes. As mentioned previously however, this isn't a recent thing and has been going on for decades. As a matter of fact since 1981 Scotland has paid £222 billion more than we would have done if we had just matched the contribution made per head by the UK as a whole. This all equates to almost £45,000 extra paid for every person living in Scotland. Scotland makes up 8.4 percent of the United Kingdom's population and generates 9.9 percent of its taxes, but only gets back 9.3 percent back again to spend on essential services. Scotland's finances were stronger than uks by £4.4 billion, this means if Scotland got independence we would have £4.4 billion extra to spend and still be in the same financial position as the UK is now. All this leads up to the fact that if Scotland were...

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