Fraser Nelson, right wing Editor of the Spectator, in the Telegraph writes this
But if Britain were to somehow leave the European Union and become the 51st state of America, we would actually be one of those poor states. If you take our economic output, adjust for living costs and slot it into the US league table then the United Kingdom emerges as the second-poorest state in the union. We’re poorer than much-maligned Kansas and Alabama and well below Missouri, the scene of all the unrest in recent weeks. Only Mississippi has lower economic output per head than the UK; strip out the South East and Britain would rank bottom. We certainly have our problems; we’re just better at concealing them.
And they want us to stay!!!
Darling and Cameron have both said that the NHS in Scotland is utterly safe as does Malcolm Chisholm. But they all explain that this is because Health is devolved to the Scottish Government. They naïvely state that under the Barnett formula the amount of money available has gone up in line with increased spending in England.
I agree that this is absolutely correct and we can rest assured. Or can we? It is in fact only the case under the present devolved regime. That regime is in fact entirely subject to the whim of the Westminster Parliament as Devolution is not part of any constitution. The worry therefore remains that the next Westminster government which is likely to be Tory will simply re-arrange the devolution regime and so will be able to privatise the Scottish NHS. The money will be the same but a big junk of it will go to private company profits and not into services.
Only complete Independence will guarantee a future public NHS and equitable other public services.
My Road to #YES is a file of all my blog posts over the last year or so in relation to my thoughts about our forthcoming referendum.
The Scottish people are being very badly served by politicians and the media in all shapes and forms. The real debate about values and society is taking place on Social Media.
By all accounts last night’s clash between Alex and Alistair was mundane. Talking about currency is futile at this stage. The media are reducing the debate to imponderables of this sort as well. Can none of them “lift their eyes unto the hills”, the true aspirations of independence.
The value of the currency depends on the value of the country, not the other way round. A great independent Scotland will ipso facto have a great well regarded currency. Let’s talk about visions for that greatness.
Let’s be Radical, not nationalistic and vote Yes.