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Member Since: Tue, 17th Nov 2009

Number of Share Chat Posts (all time): 583
Number of Share Chat Posts (last 30 days): 1

Last Posted: 22 Aug '14


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22 Aug '14


Sir Ian Wood is not the only expert in North Sea Oil and opinions differ. His estimate is much higher than the OBR estimates used by the No campaign.He is also interested in fracking. Currently there are rumours of the largest field in the world being found in the clair ridge, west of Shetland. Whether true or not, there is much more than Scotland needs to be a prosperous country.
27 May '14


You can't really write them off. We don't know how football skills in Scotland will develop when it becomes a third world province of London. Maybe there will be a revival of football and boxing skills when there is feck all left to aspire to!
14 Feb '14


I resent that the vast amounts of stamp duty I have paid over the years on share transactions, is credited to London, further skewing the figures!
14 Feb '14


Thanks. I found the link to the full Financial Times article. http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/5b5ec2ca-8a67-11e3-ba54-00144feab7de.html#slide0 but a bunch more information is available from Business for Scotland on the web or facebook.
14 Feb '14


AntsPants says "You already get more than your fair share via the Barnett formula and many of us south of the border would like to see that arrangement scrapped not beefed up further." However, I would doubt that anybody knows what the Barnett formula is, never mind how much Scotland's fair share is. Even the esteemed gentleman himself.

What the Barnett formula was intended to do, was to address inequalities in service provision because of geography, sparseness of population, poor public health and welfare, lack of suitable housing, length of public roads systems, ferries, number of inhabited islands,(in my former county there are 27 inhabited islands), provision of rural schools and hospitals, distance from markets, effects of severe weather etc. etc.

It was devised in the days when Labour believed in "Regional Policy" unlike today when the market rules, and London sucks the rest of Britain dry. It is simply not possible to provide equivalent services for the same cost, and to argue for per head distribution of financial resources is stupid. What's more, it is blatantly unfair when the amount of tax paid per head in Scotland is hugely in excess of what is paid by those in the rest of the UK.

For the sake of clarity, an analysis of the basic information from GERS, published in the Financial Times, shows that Scotland more than pays its way and has in fact subsidised the rest of the UK for as long as the figures have been available. http://wingsoverscotland.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/ftyes1.jpg http://wingsoverscotland.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/ftyes2.jpg


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