“The Yes campaign and groups such as Business for Scotland seem to be the only people who are even thinking about the future and they’re doing so in a constructive way.”
Yorkshire born but now living in Edinburgh, Mark is a business consultant who works with SMEs, especially family businesses, who want the ability to ensure long term success.
He’s in favour of independence for Scotland because centralisation is, he believes, inefficient and undemocratic. And boring. And inflexible.
“Independence would give us a lean, nimble government, much closer to the electorate and awake to its concerns. Hopefully it would trigger an outbreak of political and economic localism across the UK,” says Mark.
The UK, as it is now, is superficially prosperous but teetering, says Mark. It defines itself from its industrial, imperial past, but now has little industry and no empire.
“Thatcher purged inefficient industries, but didn’t tackle the causes or instigate alternatives. Neither has anyone else since her, and I don’t see that changing. The UK as a state is simply too big – there’s just too much to do to handle it as a single entity.
“The Yes campaign and groups such as Business for Scotland seem to be the only people who are even thinking about the future and they’re doing so in a constructive way.“