Skip to comments.Evidence for independence as Scotland has best-run regional economy in UK
Posted on 10/19/2013 7:57:06 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
John Swinney, the Scottish finance secretary, has said the strong case for independence has been proven by new evidence showing that Scotland now has the best-run regional economy in the UK.
In his speech to the Scottish National party's annual conference, Swinney said a series of recent economic figures had shown his devolved government had proved it could build a dynamic, successful economy which outstripped the UK's performance.
The latest UK growth figures this week revealed Scotland's economy had grown by 1.8%, compared with 1.3% for the UK, while labour market statistics showed Scotland's employment rates were higher, unemployment figures lower and youth employment rates the best in the UK.
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Well if they manage to pull this off, I hope they dont go buy any more land in Panama.
“his devolved government had proved it could build a dynamic, successful economy which outstripped the UK’s performance.”
Well if this moron really thinks government build economies, the Scottish people better stick with what they have.
Is Scotland(To The UK)what TEXAS is to The USA???????????
Scotland still living off North Sea oil and gas?
I don’t have a dog in this fight, but if the Irish can make a go of it, I don’t see why the Scots can’t. Let me add, I have an English bro-in-law who lives in Scotland who firmly states the majority of Scots don’t want full independence.
BTW Robert Louis Stevenson looked a lot like Ezra Pound.
Hey, FREEDOM as Mel Gibson screamed! I was born there and observed first hand Scotland was always treated like the poor relation while England got all the money for infrastructure, and all the tourists were routed to England to land, most not spending a tourist dollar in Scotland. England inflicted a poll tax (beau coup bucks) on everyone in Scotland for 4 years, which most dutifully paid, but England never got taxed. AND when they tried it in England too there was riots, so they called the whole poll tax thing off. But they never repaid the Scots for the money they took. I hope it comes to pass.
Not really. Scotland is a very Socialistic country, where Texas is doing its utmost to stay true to the free market, small government principles enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.
The two places have similar pride and cultural values, but I think Texas has maintained more of the spirit of individualism, whereas Scotland has not. They are famous for that whole clan thing, you know.
I've got roots in both places, so your question prompted my reply.
Tourists diverted?. Complete tosh. Foreign tourists spend hundreds of millions a year in Scotland and have done for decades.
The Poll Tax happened ONE year before England, not 4. And Scotland was the testing ground because of suggestions to Thatcher by Scottish Tories. And England paid Poll Tax, although it was scrapped across the UK quickly.
Your history is wonky, and that’s being polite.
Scotland and Wales were underfunded for years, and the ‘Barnett formula’ was conceived many years ago to correct the balance. It has meant Scotland and Wales got more than England. And therefore the cry of subsidy junkies started and continues to this day. But English critics ignore the earlier underfunding.
I am a Unionist who will vote for us to STAY in the UK next year btw. I am no nationalist. I am trying to give as fair an outline of the facts as possible.
Certainly far too many lazy Scots who wont work get govt benefits (which isn’t just a Scottish or British problem), Scotland is too reliant on state jobs, but Scotland does actually contribute more to the UK than its takes out.
See my reply to Karl.
Oh, we can go it alone. Even more so than the Irish.
The question is whether we are better off doing so. I say no and will vote accordingly.
The statistics are in dispute. I've had a couple angry exchanges with Scots on FR claiming that Scotland is not a net recipient of English welfare. Nonetheless, I think that Scottish independence will run into the same roadblock as those of us who would see our dear upstate NY separate from the City.
A population used to lavish welfare benefits cannot easily be torn from the cash-cow of the financial districts: in our case, Wall Street -- in Scotland's, London's City.
Scots may well vote for independence [New Yorkers won't -- there's no national pride that overcomes the big-government goodies --] but they will be sorry if they join the EU and can't inflate the currency. They will need to.