Originally Posted by FOXBAT3000
Good news then Salmond isn't gonna win. I want to see the back of nuclear subs and Trident. In the longer term Scotland needs to build up its renewable power industry and create an innovation economy defence jobs aren't the future. Either way it helped to answer my question so thank you for your help.
Sorry, as a Scotman, a shipbuilder, a taxpayer & a supporter of National Independance while still being part of the Union, In response to your comment about "seeing the back of nucler subs & Trident", I'll quote Mr T...
" That ain't gonna fly, suckka !
Lets look at a semi unrelated topic - Power Generation
You make a comment about 'renewables'. Yes, it's new, it's shiny &, if Scotland gets it's finger out, we're on the ground floor, helping to build the rest of the tower block, while others have to stand back, watch & pay us for the privilage.
However, do you seriously think that, as a nation, we can generate enough energy to scrap our nuclear power stations?
Do you think that we can afford to blight the landscape with 120m high wind turbines, destroying the view & poluting the atmosphere with the wind noise that can be heard up to 20 miles away ?
Have you even stopped to think why the UK was one of the leading lights (pardon the pun), in the abolition of the standard light bulb, for the Low Voltage / low wattage option ?
We are at a threshold. Our power stations built in the 60's, 70's & 80's are all running outta time & need replaced, with the most efficient, reliable & quickest form of increasing our Mw output.
Nuclear power !
Coal, helps generate greenhouse gases / is running out.
Oil, is expensive/generates greenhouse gases / is running out.
Wave generation, is still in it's infancy
Solar power, is a pipe dream (after all we simply haven't got the weather for it
So Nuclear, no matter how much you dislike it, is the only logical choice.
Getting back on topic, having the Faslane base in Scotland helps keep the UK's interests safe across the planet. It provides a diverse & widespread ammount of cash back into Scotland & the UK's coffers, through the direct route of defence jobs but more so by indirect labour - all the service industries that help support the industry. After all, take shipbuilding, they reckon that for every defence / shipbuilding job, on average there are between 5 & 10 indirect posts.
Now do you seriously think Salmond & the SNP can replace about 100,000 posts (as an overall total), with something that will provide just as much employment & cash in peoples pockets ??
Defence is in the blood of the Scots. OUR blood has been sown on every major battlefield in the last 250 years, & I don't want to think what will happen to us a Independant Nation, never mind the UK as a whole...