We are told that military bases in Scotland benefit the Scottish economy and that Faslane, specifically, keeps Helensburgh and surrounding areas ‘prosperous’. I have a pal who works on the base. He is a Scot but his home is in England and that is where his wife and family live. He returns home at every given opportunity and is not out in Helensburgh spending his considerable (and hard earned) submariner’s pay. He lives on base, he isn’t a big drinker, he gets fed and housed on the base and I can’t imagine is out in Helensburgh buying much in the way of anything. And he is but one example of the 85% of Faslane workers – both military and civilian – who return home to south of the Border at weekends and are not contributing to the local economy.
Please watch the video in this blog and read the open letter to Jackie Ballie MSP then ask yourself how this shows we are Better Together?