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Do your homework on Scottish debate; Views of Wales.

SIR - Where to start on John Dimbylow's letter to your paper (August 25).

The "union" was not proposed and designed by the Scottish King James I - he reigned as king over two separate countries. The union was enacted approximately 100 years later as a union of Parliaments. The Scottish Parliament voted to disband and join the English one. A decision influenced by large bribes, paid by England, to the Scottish MPs at the time, it is alleged.

His comment about the size of Scottish tax take is misguided. It should be noted that Scotland contribute more to the UK economy than they are given back in the block grant. So, their departure would not mean more for us, in fact, the complete opposite.

We didn't invest billions in find-ing the oil, or in its production. We actually sold exploration rights to the oil companies who paid for all that.

Bank bail-outs: There are interna-tionally recognised rules for such bail-outs, they are shared by the countries based on the activity within their borders. The location of the head office is irrelevant.

Debt: The Scottish government has agreed to take their share of the national debt, providing they can also share the use of the pound. It is the UK Government that has said it will block such a proposal. It seems reasonable to me that, under those circumstances, Scotland has said "If it's your pound, then it's your debt" The status of the pound partly depends on the perceived ability for its debts to be serviced.

The last paragraph is idealistic to say the least. I take it he is fully in favour of scrapping all European boundaries and immediately implementing the United States of Europe? There has been a lot of misinformation, spread about, in the Scottish referendum debate. Perhaps Mr Dimbylow should do a little more research before he makes up his mind on the topic.

Glyn Erasmus, Parklands, Blackwood, Gwent

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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Aug 26, 2014
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