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
- Gigha community ownership on brink of failure
I think you will find that over many years I have been arguing against the national planning framework which sees the cities as the drivers of our economy.
As recently as last week I took part in a seminar on land reform encouraging a non bureaucratic way of repopulating rural areas by 500,000.
I might live only 40 minutes from Glasgow but my village school is really struggling and depopulation particularly of the young family variety is not helped by planning policies which control rather than encourage local efforts.
Tourism is often seen as the main provider of economic activity. It may have a part to play but why exclude other types of business?
Connectivity both transport and Internet transform areas.
As regards Gigha it will need support but why not ?. in proportionate terms the failure may be of greater significance to it than the collapse of the Banks was to the UK economy.
Don’t be so sour and exclusive
- Gigha community ownership on brink of failure
There is more than one way to effect land reform. Community ownership as currently modelled is not a universal way. It could never be in a democracy.
There are bound to be failures or challenges. There are never absolutes.
In a national sence we need to agree what we seek to achieve.
If this rural re population then what is the strategy? Is the national planning framework overly dependent on our cities being the driver of our economy?
Are we fighting against the tide of two hundred years which has encouraged the drift to urban living?
Big questions which need to be debated especially where communication technology could provide the infrastructure to reverse the drift.
How many people would want to live in rural Scotland if they had the opportunity , and how rural?
- With her government team completed, how will Nicola Sturgeon’s set do the job?
Don’t be so uncharitable. I suggest you read the Book of Revalation and observe
- Swinney the perfect choice as Deputy First Minister
Richard, why is Ireland paying less for interest on its debt than the UK?
You are very economical with your size of the world. USA, UK and the EU.
The answer is that despite the idea of a global economy there are several trends to be bucked and several countries doing it differently in the positive and negative way.
In conversation with Rupert Soames two years ago (not a friend of Independence) he was fulsome in his praise of John Swinney.
Nicola will not have made her commitments without John’s approval. That’s how they work.
Immaginative use of the fiscal system can bring considerable revenue resources to the Scottish government to fund advances in childcare. Landowners are a sitting duck. Land value rental is on the horizon,much to the displeasure of Mr McGrigor no doubt, and a variation to inheritance rates and the conditions re the destination of bequests leaching funds from the Scottish economy are two examples or rich painless takings
- Asset management company advice to Scottish savers, investors and pension pot-holders
Why do so many successful business people support independence? Do you honestly think that they would choose Independence if they thought their business would be damaged?
Is really be interested to know the considered answer to this question.
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