Wednesday, 23 May 2012


1 Scotland would officially be one of the world's richest countries - ranked 6th in the OECD compared to the UK's 16th place. We have 24billion barrels of oil remaining in the North Sea, according to industry body Oil and Gas UK. That's £1.5trillion in today's prices - half as much in value as has been taken out.
2 We also have around 25 per cent of Europe's potential offshore wind and tidal energy - and a tenth of Europe's wave power. An extra 45 per cent of renewable energy was generated in Scotland last year, according to the UK Department of Energy. It's more than we need and can be exported for cash.
3 Other countries want to invest here. The recent Ernst & Young UK Attractiveness Survey highlighted Scotland's leading position in the UK for job creation from international investment. With independence, we can make the country even more attractive to these employers.
4 Independence will allow us to keep services such as the NHS and the welfare state. In England they are being privatised and cut. Benefits are being taken from the needy and the Scottish Parliament can't stop that under present powers.
5 Scotland has five of the top 200 universities in the world. We also punch well above our weight in the number of research papers they produce. It means our historic reputation as a well educated nation is flourishing. We give our universities one of the best packages of support in Europe, with no fees for students from Scotland. With independence we can do even more.
6 We'll have more money in our pockets. If we got back what we sent south in tax, official figures show every Scot would have £510 more a year. The only tax the Scottish Government controls just now is council tax, and it's frozen under the SNP. Imagine if we controlled fuel duty, national insurance, VAT and income tax.
7 Our government would be more streamlined. Scotland, like Denmark, New Zealand, Norway and Finland, is a goldilocks country - not too big and not too small. The UK wastes money on bloated institutions bogged down by bureaucracy - look at HMRC, the tax authority. It's gone from one calamity to another. The rich get away with evasion while the rest are overcharged.
8 Mobiles would work and we'd all get high-speed broadband. Telecommunications are controlled in London. Westminster auctions licences to phone companies but only demands 90 per cent coverage of the UK. This means "notspots" in much of Scotland. Broadband is patchy too, and it doesn't help that Scotland's capital budget has been cut by a third by the Tories.
9 Our culture would get a boost. We'd have control over broadcasting and more high-quality programmes could be made here. Our news would no longer look hand-knitted compared with well funded UK offerings. We could export high-quality drama and our young bands would have a platform on the radio.
10 Imagine the goodwill. Scotland is held in high regard around the world - by those who know us. But being buried in brand Britain means sometimes we don't get to shine as we should. Independence would generate global interest. We would be the new kid on the block - young, modern, and happening.


Maverick said...

Yes .. but the clown leading the drive .. Alex Samond plans to sign us up to the EU (if it hasn't broken up already).

ElaineS said...

That clown you are talking about has said that its one decision he would not just jump into and it would depend on how the EU was with regards to stability! Yes to Independence is the way forward for Scots.

banned said...

"We have 24billion barrels of oil remaining in the North Sea" which is precisely why you can't go, just yet. Once we have taken that then 'away ye go' and see how you get on with "25 per cent of Europe's potential offshore wind and tidal energy" ROFL.

tris said...

Hope you don't mind, but I've copied this (with full credits of course).

It's just too great not to have on the blog.

Dark Lochnagar said...

mavers, he's only the figure head who will take us there, or not and I probably expect no with the number of ferties in Scotland.

Dark Lochnagar said...

Elaineers, welcome to the blog. As I've said many times on this blog, support for the EU is not anything like even 60% in the SNP, IMO. Norway's model is the way to go.

Dark Lochnagar said...

banned, FFS, have you not been paying attention! I posted about MUON FUSION, weeks ago which is the way energy will be produced in the future, but of course until some bright bastard invents a decent battery for a car we will still need petrol and diesel. are at the final stage of their international testing as we speak, look it up, I'm lucky enough to be a minor shareholder!

Dark Lochnagar said...

Tris, of course, I don't believe in censorship!

Billy said...

Actually DL cars can run on water no problem. There is also Free Energy as per what they used on 9/11 plus there is also Magnetic Motors that could be used for generating the energy of each household but the energy companies do not want us plebs to have these nor do our governments. They only want to have some type of energy where they can rip us all off for as much as they can.

Dioclese said...

If you get independance then I'd be tempted to emmigrate if you could just do something about the crap weather!

David said...

Just a heads up: Got a few - 3/4 odd Twitter messages under your moniker. To wit and along the lines of "you should see the bad things role are saying about you...". The last one was more sinister in that it stated (approx), "Am looking at your photograph and (expletive) laughing my (expletive) head off at you".

I ignored them, but there was some other, similar activity on Twitter yesterday involving Edinburgh Eye and Direct Mail to me (EE informed and has taken precautions). Have you noticed any unusual activity re your account? Looks like a hijack attempt.

Txs for latest blogs. Have resent them on into the agora.


Dark Lochnagar said...

Hi David, thanks I have been hacked but hopefully things should be back to normal.

Steven Paterson said...

English dont like scots so wats the big deal aw thts right england would need new guinea pigs ie wales....fuck the english we want and will have freedom an yes the oil dont forget the gas and scotland has also found copper gold silver n platinum deposits in highland plus our water man if we scots gt this how skint will they C U N T S be