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
- Professor James Hunter on land reform in Scotland
Land reform will have a very marginal effect because of the costs to the public purse. We need to know who wants to live where if work could be created and then develop a rural repopulation strategy to encourage inward migration from Urban Scotland and beyond Scotland. Forget HS 2 , that’s justa quicker way to head South. Money would be better spent on a Clyde Global Port and rural infrastructure.
- The Trident Whistleblower incident
I’ve not had the chance to read his report yet but it does suggest that it’s time for all UK Armed forces to have a reality check and stop suggesting that ours are the best in the World. That suggestion must hack off our allies somewhat. I have no doubt that we can all be proud of some of what has been achieved but can we have less of the superlatives when they are invariably used by government ministers who are constantly undermining the services with budget cuts and oversea’s commitments for which they are not properly resourced?
- Fred Flintstone owns up to stone age politics
AS did not lie. He had at least three lawyers in his cabinet one of whom has international law as part of her degree.
When u have experts in your cabinet why not use their expertise?
- Type 26 contract for BAE has ensured good news for both BAE Clyde yards
It was always going to happen according to a senior insider. BAE always have the UK government over a barrel. They have no competition.
- Local IT businesses pitch ‘Argyll can do it’ to local SMP and MP
We can’t force people to stay or come or go and come back, but I think it would help if we knew how many folk might be interested in living in rural Scotland and the find out what’s needed to satisfy that need. Housing is one issue , so is low pay and poor infrastructure.
Land owners are daft not giving away modest parcels of land to folk to build their own homes. Such action would reinvigorate their communities and benefit their estates too.
You can buy a spacious timber three bedroom chalet for £42000 from a dealer in Dumbarton. With utilities uou could have a house to bring up a family for £60k.
If government was to do a deal with landowners releasing land in exchange for the government diverting it’s help to buy funds to help the purchase of these chalet homes would transform rural population.
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