The Scottish Independence Podcast 42 – The Economics Of Independence

The 42nd episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast comes from a talk given by Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp from the organisation Business for Scotland.

Ionionsoilt’s really quite remarkable to hear a lot of the things he talks about spelled out so clearly and there are a lot of great little facts you could use in conversation in there as well.

Who really bailed out RBS and HBOS, for example?

Which is more volatile, the oil price or the stock market?

Find out how we’re also subsidising England when we die.

I think you’ll also find that most, if not all, of the issues brought up would compliment rather than go against the Common Weal vision that Robin McAlpine spelled out in our last episode.

Hope you enjoy…

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  1. I was at a BfS event when Gordon did this presentation. I think the two words going through everyone’s head when they left was ‘no brainer’.

  2. The UK faces two referendums about its future, not one. As well as David Cameron’s promised ‘proper’ referendum on the UK’s relationship with the European Union, there is also the one on Scottish independence due on 18 September 2014. By and large, despite similarities in the arguments involved, each of those debates has paid little regard to the other. That makes sense if the EU referendum takes place in the next UK Parliament, around 2017 or so, once the dust has settled on the Scottish vote. Suggestions of an earlier referendum may throw that into doubt. The dynamics of the debate about Scottish independence would look very different if the EU poll were held before the Scottish one.

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