Scots Debut Independence 'Blueprint,' Vow 'Revolution'
Country would keep queen, pound
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 26, 2013 7:36 AM CST
Updated Nov 26, 2013 7:57 AM CST
Alex Salmond, center, and Alan Cumming, right, launch the Yes campaign for Scottish Independence from a cinema in Edinburgh, Scotland, Friday May 25, 2012.   (AP Photo/David Cheskin/PA Wire)

(Newser) – Ahead of its Sept. 18 independence referendum, Scotland has unveiled a 670-page document (available here) laying out the foundations for the proposed country. "This is the most comprehensive blueprint for an independent country ever published," says Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond. "We do not seek independence as an end in itself, but rather as a means to changing Scotland for the better." To that end, the White Paper features plans for a social policy "revolution," the BBC reports.

Scotland's currency would remain the pound, the country would stay in the European Union, and the queen would still be queen, Salmond says, per Reuters. But under the plan:

  • The government would open some 35,000 jobs amid a push for women in the workforce, the Scotsman reports.
  • Officials would offer 30 hours per week of childcare for toddlers.
  • Minimum wage would be tied to cost of living.
  • A pension system would be "triple-locked" for security.
  • The first parliament would rid the country of Trident nukes.
  • The country would collect its own taxes.
  • Scotland would have its own defense force.
The document is seeking to win support for independence as polls show 47% are against the idea, 38% back it, and 15% haven't decided, Reuters notes. If the backers ultimately win, the country would become independent on March 24, 2016.

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TwoSheds
Nov 28, 2013 8:36 PM CST
The average Englishman in his home he calls his castle,slips into his national costume a -shaby raincoat- patentad by Charles Macintosh from Glasgow Scotland. En route to his office he strides along the english country lane,surfaced by John Macadam ayr,Scotland. He drives an english car fitted with tyres invented by john boyd dunlop,Dreghorn Scotland.At the office he receives the mail bearing adhesive stamps invented by john chambers of dundee Scotland. During the day he uses the telephone invented by Alexander graham bell,from Edinburgh Scotland.At home in the evening his daughter pedals her bicycle invented by Kirkpatrick Macmillan from dumfrieshire, Scotland.He watches the news on TV invented by John logie baird from Helensburgh,Scotland and hears an item about the US navy founded by John Paul Jones from Kirkbean,Scotland. Nowhere can an englishman turn to escape the inginuity of the scots. He has now been reminded too much of scotland and in desparation he picks up the holy Bible*only to find that the first man mentioned in the good book is a scot,King James the V1 who authorised its translation. He could turn to drink but the scots make the best in the world,He could take a rifle and end it all but the rifle was invented by Captain Patric Ferguson from Pitfours Scotland, if he escapes death,he could find himself on the operating table injected with penicillin,discoverd by Sir Alexander Fleming of Darvel Scotland and given Chloroform, an anesthetic discoverd by Sir James Young Simpson from Bathgate Scotland. Out of the anesthetic he would find no comfort in learning that he was as safe as the bank of England founded by William Paterson from Dumfries,Scotland. Perhaps his only remaining hope would be to get a transfusion of guid scottish blood wich would entitle him to say,, WHA'S LIKE US!
jgarbuz
Nov 26, 2013 1:46 PM CST
Those who seek to divide the Land of Israel will find themselves being divided.
jerrymac
Nov 26, 2013 1:21 PM CST
So in other words, a socialist / Marxist paradise. How is that different from the way things are now?