Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Scotland has its own parliament, with very limited powers.

"Voters in every region of the UK now back Scottish independence." (Westminster has no answer to the Alex Salmond effect.)

Professor Andrew Hughes-Hallett, of St Andrews University, calculates that Scotland is subsidising England – and that an independent Scotland would be financially better off.

"If you were to take account of what is spent in Scotland and what is raised in Scotland – and that would include North Sea oil – then in 2008 Scotland was in a mild surplus," he said. (the Alex Salmond effect.) quotes from Scottish finance minister JOHN SWINNEY'S SPEECH on 23 October 2011.

John Swinney insists that Scotland is ''subsidising the rest of the UK.''

''As the global economy recovers from recession, all countries run a deficit, but the UK deficit is higher than that in Scotland.

''In four out of the last five years Scotland has run a budget surplus. The UK was in deficit in each of these years.

''Scotland is subsidising the rest of the UK. Our country pays her way.''

''The figures show that, with a geographical share of our offshore resources, Scotland would be the sixth wealthiest country in the world, 10 places ahead of the UK at 16th.''

According to The Guardian on 17 October 2011:

The North East region of England has seen a 19% increase in the number of businesses in difficulty.

The north-west of England saw a 12% rise.

Yorkshire, the Midlands, Wales and the south-west regions experienced increases in business distress of 10%.

But what about Scotland?

In Scotland, levels of businesses in distress have not risen, but have fallen quarter on quarter.

Braemar 2007 - Junior Highland Games


thetruthhurts said...

Scotland is not really all about tartan skirts, Burns night and Mel Gibson. Even if this article is correct, what about obesity rates, mortality rates, alcohol consumption per head, class A drug addiction, these are far worse in Scotland than anywhere else in the UK.
That said and either way self determination is supposed to define nationhood, so why shouldn't Scotland be independent. And most interestingly of all, as if Scotland's trade with England will suddenly stop after independence. Consider that next time anyone thinks about the EU

nobody said...

Aang, what's going on mate? Here we are in amongst discussions of forgeries and what do we see?

You tell me: either that girl in the first photo there is not a true Scot, or someone has photoshopped that picture.

Abysmal. And from you, of all people! I must say I'm disappointed Aang.

CS said...

If the Scotch separate from the UK, why not the highlands and islands, together with the oil, from the lowlands?

Then those Edinburgh bastards would have to freeze in the dark.

dognamedblue said...

scotland recently sold east coast waters to england, underneath which is a massive gas field which would have greatly benefited scotland

Anonymous said...

It would be inappropriate for Dancers to go regimental.

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