This show is also coming to the Victory …

Comment posted Argyll tour: Italia ‘n’ Caledonia by Tim McIntyre.

This show is also coming to the Victory Hall, Benderloch on Saturday 24th March

Recent comments by Tim McIntyre

  • Privatisation: Scottish Government binned its own ferry company in favour of Serco
    Spot the difference #2:

    Newsie: “Under persistent questioning in a recent interview with Bernard Ponsonby, the First Minster eventually revealed that the Scottish Government has spent ‘about £10 Billion on private sector contracts for NHS Scotland…”

    STV news website, report of Bernard Ponsonby’s interview with Alex Salmond, 8th September:-

    “Mr Salmond agreed that his government had spent “hundreds of millions of pounds” of the health budget on private sector services but contrasted the overall percentage — just under one per cent — with the situation in the rest of the UK where the figure is six per cent.

    (emphasis added)

    NB. 10 billion = 10,000 million

  • Tactical conundrums in the Indy foothills
    richard – I should have made clear: my assumption was that a currency union would be negotiated.

    Doesn’t your comment about interest rates rising concede that refusing a currency union on political grounds would have negative economic consequences for rUK?

  • Tactical conundrums in the Indy foothills
    That’s a fair enough analysis.

    In the same vein, a period of informal sterling-use followed by the setting up of a new currency would bring short term costs and uncertainty to Scotland, and perhaps a longer-term reduction in the size of the financial services industry as a proportion of the economy, but arguably these would be a better outcome in the long run.

    Also, in any discussion of the ‘risks’ of currency union in terms of rUK having to ‘bail out Scotland’ – those are of course shared risks, meaning that it works both ways: Scotland in a currency union would also have to contribute to any future UK bailout.

  • Tactical conundrums in the Indy foothills
    Karl – I think you underestimate the ‘British people’ as you call them – as though they were any different from the Scots (I’m both, and will continue to be after a ‘Yes’ vote).

    They are just as likely to be reasonable, understanding and perhaps even slightly envious. Of course, the occasional individual may get a bit fired up for a few minutes, for example if they accidentally read the Daily Mail or the Telegraph, but I think on the whole that people on both sides of the border will accept a ‘Yes’ vote with good grace and get on with their lives.

  • Tactical conundrums in the Indy foothills
    richard – in reality, once the dust settles, and assuming the negotiations are undertaken in the spirit of the Edinburgh Agreement (which I believe they would), not much will change for them, except perhaps a slight and understandable sense of emotional loss (but probably not broken hearts). :-)

    I think you will be surprised at how good politicians from both sides will be at putting aside the campaign divisions (which are the stuff of any politician’s life) and getting on with the business of negotiating a quick, fair and mutually beneficial settlement.

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