Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Niall Ferguson, professor of history at Harvard, supports independence for Scotland

Niall Ferguson is professor of history at Harvard University. He is one of the World's top people.

He now supports independence for Scotland.

Unionist academic throws weight behind independence

Ferguson says that Scotland’s “dismal” progress since devolution has made him give up on unionism.

Ferguson, presenter of a new history of the 20th century series for Channel 4, entitled The War of the World, says he believes that the 1707 Act of Union between England and Scotland should now be repealed.

Ferguson says:

“Devolution gives Scots the illusion of self-government but not the reality of it. The parliament is essentially a glorified council and cannot flourish while it acts as a mere channel for aid from England.

“I now find myself feeling that independence would be preferable to this halfway house we have at the moment.

“Ireland and some of the east European countries like Estonia are showing that small countries which embrace economic liberalism can thrive.”

Ferguson believes that an independent Scotland can flourish if it changes its economic policies.

Ferguson attacks the socialist model of state intervention and hand-outs.

“There is a kind of dead hand gripping hold of Scotland at the moment."

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Saturday, May 20, 2006

What might Scotland be like if it was independent, like Norway?

Exporting oil at $70 a barrel has turned Norway into the wealthiest nation on earth.
The country that's got it all - but is still saving for tomorrow

Scottish oil revenues are expected to be £74 billion over the next six years - equivalent to £14,000 for every man, woman and child in Scotland.

Scotland has 25% of Europe's wind and tide resources and 10% of its wave resources.

Scotland has two-thirds of the oil reserves held within the European Union. http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2222982005

The following figures, for Britain and Norway, come from the OECD Factbook, Statistics Norway and the UK Office for National statistics.

Britain Scotland, if independent / Norway

GDP per head

£21,000 £35,800

Bank base rate

4.5% 2.5%

Victim of assault

6.1% 3%

Average hours worked per year

1,669 1,363

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Scotland: average earnings would stand at £11,779 higher per person

How black gold was hijacked: North sea oil and the betrayal of Scotland

SNP demands oil cash control

Budget small print forecasts £74 billion oil revenues

Salmond Launches Plan to Extend North Sea's Working Life

Scotland and Norway

Salmond Looks to New Era for Scotland in Europe

Head of the central policy review staff said Scotland could "go it alone"

British nuclear plants to be sold to Halliburton?

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