Comment posted The eurozone crisis and the Independence referendum: time for proactive postponement? by Graeme McCormick.
I’m intigued by your assertion that remaining part of the UK provides ” safety in numbers and the degree of shelter offered effectively by the powerhouse of London and the south east”
The major problem for the UK economy is its over-dependence on the financial sector, a financial sector which is predicated on money which has no real value at all.
Apart from Germany the most successful countries in Europe, and the ones best prepared to withstand the economic fallout, are Scandinavia and Finland.
It’s not size which matters, it’s being sensible and having a sense of your true worth.
London is also the subsidy junkie of the UK grotesquely supported by public funds way above anything any other nation or region of the UK receives on a per capita basis. Economic meltdown will cause the withdrawal of most of that unsustainable support.
If the Uk is going to take the economic hit there is no way in which the London economy will offer shelter. London is the self inflicted sick man of the UK probably Europe ,currently with a patina of wealth ( all fur and nae knickers comes to mind!) and it’s about to have its crutches kicked away.
It will be the rest of the Uk which will have to bale it out.
While Scotland will not find its neighbour wanting, Independence offers a future based on real understandable money and the re-industrialisation of Scotland through renewables,smart manufacturing, and sustainable repopulation of our rural communities.
As the failure of the UK political establishment to handle the crisis becomes ever more apparent the developing majority for Independence will increase significantly.
We have an ideal pilot in Alex Salmond steering the good ship Scotland through the stormy seas. By suggesting the postponement of the Referendum you remove our rudder and we’ll be at the mercy of a financial Corryvreckan
Graeme McCormick also commented
Please prove your assertion that Scotland’s renewables developments are subsidised by Westminster.
As official uk government stat accept that Scotland is s net contributor to the UK tax take so any subsidy comes from the Scottish taxpayer just as hshe subsidises nuclear power too
Lowry sounds like he may have been in favour of red flageavers walling in front of motor vehicles
120 years ago
Recent comments by Graeme McCormick
- Institute of Fiscal Studies economist looks at fiscal context of independent Scotland
I’m struggling to understand why Finland with little natural resources except timber, has a better quality of life than we have?
It’s industrial revolution was started by a Scotsman by the name of Finlayson and his mills are still producing
- Auchindrain in crisis: facing paying off its two permanent staff
If we believe in the nobility of man then surely a little money could be diverted from the Royal palaces to this great cause
- UK National Lottery Good Causes in Scotland
The implication of your piece is that change will only happen with Independence. The fact is that there will be change regardless of the result of the Referendum. The Unknown Unknowns apply across the board.
Here are some unknowns which might be worth considering: land valuation rentals to replace income tax and council tax; build a commercial district in Tradeston in Glasgow which can be transformed into a horse racing track in the evenings so the punters’ money stays in the city.
As regards the lottery and the funds it has distributed for good causes , it is an indictment that a lottery is required to provide these funds for actual essential services in many cases which government should be providing instead of the postcode lottery which the Lottery good causes system unwittingly promotes
- Proposal for independent Scotland to share UK welfare system admin to 2020+
The division of assets and liabilities will involve a trade off whereby some issues will be of mutual interest and others more beneficial to one government than the other.
Transitional arrangements will be required. Despite all the bluster and petulance of the Unionist mob, it will cost the RUK dear so they will negotiate once the referendum has been carried.
The various systems in Scotland and the RUK will gradually change as each government develops different policies required by it’s electorate. Eg, current SNP policy is to move to a system of citizens’ income which replaces a separate benefits system, and much more efficient to operate and requires less public sector staff to operate.
Presumably the RUK will not want to be lumbered with paying Scottish benefits so it is in it’s interests to cooperate that the separation of recipients is undertaken.
Don’t let the process of Independence sour your creative juices and the excitement of developing and considering new public service delivery. Independence is a wonderful opportunity to do things differently and better.
Embrace change don’t fear it!
- Russell urges children to get involved in Royal Mail Christmas Children’s Stamp Art Competition
Take part before the Unionists destroy the service.
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