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Scotland is like Norway.
Both countries have oil.
Scotland also has enormous potential for alternative forms of energy.
But Norway is rich and independent, while Scotland is part of the debt-laden UK.
The Scotsman newspaper, 14 October 2008, asks if an independent Scotland could afford the £32bn banks bail-out? (Shareholders count cost of bail-out deal - Scotsman.com News)
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, of the Scottish National Party, said that:
1. Norway, had been able to come up with a £35 billion rescue package for its banks.
2. Norway was protected by a £200 billion sovereign oil fund.
3. "By contrast with the UK, Norway is a sea of stability. This crisis has taken place within existing UK constitutional arrangements. It is just fanciful and self-serving nonsense for anyone to pretend that large countries haven't been affected by this."
Photo of David Rockefeller and bodyguard from no-for-nwo.blogspot.com/bilderberg.
There is a suspicion that the two Scottish banks, HBOS and RBS, were brought down as part of a conspiracy to weaken Scotland.
On 17 september 2008, the Financial Services Authority declared that HBOS was still "a well-capitalised bank that continues to fund its business in a satisfactory way." (HBOS: The questions that must be answered)
The Scotsman newspaper, 19 September 2008, asks the following:
1. Why was action not taken earlier to prevent short sellers hijacking a sound financial institution?
2. Why was the Financial Services Authority so ineffectual as the crisis unfolded?
The Scotsman points out that the Bank of England could have offered financial assistance while weaker parts of the business were sold off.
Reportedly, Tom McKillop, Chairman, The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, attended the 2008 Bilderberg meeting. (Cached)
What decisions might have been taken there about weakening Scotland and its SNP government?
Image from http://www.infowars.net/articles/October2006/201006Bilderberg.htm
The Official 2008 Bilderberg Participant List , June 6, 2008, includes:
Ackermann, Josef Chairman of the Management Board and the Group Executive Committee, Deutsche Bank AG
Bernanke, Ben S. Chairman, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System
Ford, Jr., Harold E. Vice Chairman, Merill Lynch & Co., Inc.
Geithner, Timothy F. President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Jacobs, Kenneth Deputy Chairman, Head of Lazard U.S., Lazard Frères & Co.
Jordan, Jr., Vernon E. Senior Managing Director, Lazard Frères & Co. LLC
Kissinger, Henry A. Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.
Mandelson, Peter Commissioner, European Commission
McDonough, William J. Vice Chairman and Special Advisor to the Chairman, Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.
McKillop, Tom Chairman, The Royal Bank of Scotland Group
Osborne, George Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
Paulson, Jr., Henry M. Secretary of the Treasury
Rockefeller, David Former Chairman, Chase Manhattan Bank
Rodriguez Inciarte, Matias Executive Vice Chairman, Grupo Santander
Thiel, Peter A. President, Clarium Capital Management, LLC
Trichet, Jean-Claude President, European Central Bank
Zoellick, Robert B. President, The World Bank Group
Pepe Escobar, 10 May 2005, in the Asia Times wrote:
"The Bilderberg group - which took its name from a Dutch hotel - was founded in 1954 by Prince Bernhard from the Netherlands. German-born Bernhard was a card-carrying Nazi and member of the SS...
"Serbs, not without some reason, blamed Bilderberg for the 1999 Balkan war and the fall of Slobodan Milosevic: after all, the US needed to control vital, Balkan pipeline routes.
"Bilderberg 2002 - although not without controversy - is thought to have cemented the invasion and conquest of Iraq...
"In... A Century of War: Anglo-American oil politics and the New World War, F William Engdahl details what happened at Bilderberg 1973 in Sweden...
"'They determined to use their most prized weapon - control of the world’s oil flows. Bilderberg policy was to trigger a global oil embargo, in order to force a dramatic increase in world oil prices.'
"Saudi petrodollars then moved to the 'right' banks in London in New York to finance US government deficits."