The image completely fails to give a reason why being a small country would lead to greater prosperity, by cherry-picking information. To get any useful information, one has to look at the entire list. For example, it mentions Switzerland. Austria has not a lot more inhabitants and similar geography, but ranks only at 16. The Netherlands are mentioned. Belgium is actually smaller and ranks at 17. Scandinavia looks nice, but Iceland clocks in at 15. All these three states rank below the US, UK and Germany, aka really big nations. And don't get me started on "former british colonies": Those also include India and Pakistan.
Your someone-I-know is making the argument that this list proves that small countries (at least either in North-East Europe or former british colonies) do better than big countries. But the list does not actually show that. It provides no reason to believe that people in Scotland would be better off if the country was independent. So tell that guy that he has to find some, real actual arguments.
(Personally, I'm against scottish independence. Partly because Germany would have to build a new embassy, and those things don't come free, and partly because I think adding more borders and more red tape and so on is the precise opposite of what Europe should be doing now.)
Thank you genius :'D <3 I owe you big time I also am inwardly against it, I love being part of the UK, but if I am open with this guy about it he'll just... be very unpleasant.
I replied with what you have said and he's being a jerk ^w^ Of course! He trying to say that I [or we in this case] am making strawman arguments He is extremely annoying, I give up~ Thank you so, so much for your help~ <3 You're brill!
Anything that leads to less centralized control is good. When your tax money is collected by bureaucrats in far away cities you tend to never see it again. I wish the Scottish people best of luck in their fight for Independence.
its not a fight, and the UK will not object if the Scottish people make the choice.
The UK prime minister signed the "Edinburgh agreement" on 15 October which gives the Scottish parliament the legal power to stage a referendum on independence before the end of 2014. They have been encouraged to make a decision about their own future.