Opinion – Danny Alexander: I am as patriotic a Scot as any nationalist – Telegraph – John Gelmini

First Minister Alex Salmond

First Minister Alex Salmond (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Like Dr Alf I agree with Danny Alexander on this one thing.

That said, even if the Scots decide to remain in the Union, they will demand more and create international uncertainty, which will cause foreign governments and potential investors to not be so willing to invest here or listen to what the UK Government says.

This not least because they will never really know how long any agreement they reach with the British Government will last or whether other elements of the Celtic fringe or the Orkney’s and Shetland Islands are prepared to break away.

Already the larger regions like the NorthEast, parts of the NorthWest and Cornwall are getting restless and demanding devolved powers over income taxation, business rates and housing.

They smell blood and the possibility of getting their hands on money which under Margaret Thatcher was placed firmly beyond their wasteful reach.

What is needed is fewer councils, fewer layers, fewer civil servants, fewer MPs and much greater efficiency NOT more devolved powers to waste and steal taxpayers money.

This and the uncertain climate on confidence and inward investment is what Alex Salmond has caused and the genie is now out of the bottle with almost unstoppable momentum.

Alex Salmond is interested in himself and his own self aggrandizement, not in these bigger issues and the damage his demagoguery causes and will continue to cause the very people whose interests he pretends to truly represent.

John Gelmini

Opinion: mainly macro: Scottish Independence – Simon Wren-Lewis – John Gelmini

 

First Minister Alex Salmond

First Minister Alex Salmond (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Simon Wren Lewis is correct and I agree with Dr Alf’s prognosis.

Currently, the 1974 Barnett Formula gives every man woman and child in Scotland £3,500 gbp a head.
In addition to that, most of our EU budget rebates are distributed to the Celtic fringe and Scotland gets free tuition fees, free Adult Social Care and a bigger share of Petroleum Revenue Tax since in England we do more freight miles and drive our cars further for no benefit whatsoever.

The Scots are over represented in the Westminster Parliament but also have their own Parliament.

Alex Salmond‘s figures are bogus and he wants to trick the Scots into believing that they can have what they already get (circa £5000 gbp a head as above), plus 92% of the North Sea oil revenue and the benefits of EU membership.

Scotland would have to reapply to join the EU, would lose revenues and jobs and revenue as they moved offshore and would be very much worse off.

In addition, people in the Orkney’s and the Shetlands would want the remaining North Sea oil and independence to boot.

Thus, Alex Salmond is going to lose his referendum but mostly because most people in Scotland do not believe a word he says and will vote in their financial best interests despite the deep loathing many of them feel towards the English and the politicians.

John Gelmini

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