scottish independence

Scottish Independence Podcast 178 – The Brexit Shambles and Beyond

The 178th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a long in-depth look at the Scottish economy and what may happen after Brexit. It features friend of the show and someone who has been a guest several times, MSP Ivan McKee.

Before that however, we’ve someone getting Farage telt, and after that we’ve got, just for the change of it, someone saying Scotland won’t have any problems getting into the EU at all.

He spoke about what I outlined above, and also responded to some criticisms of the growth commission and gave an idea of the thinking behind it. You may or may not agree with everything that is in it (I don’t, and some of the audience members at the talk didn’t agree either), but it is useful to hear the rationale behind it.

Hope you enjoy.

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Just Not Trying Very Hard, Or At It?

This is what I found with one google search, including copying and pasting time, it took me 5 minutes…

“If the two parts of the United Kingdom are in agreement that it is in accord with their constitutional arrangement, written or unwritten, Spain would have nothing to say. We would simply maintain that it does not affect us.

The constitutional arrangements of the United Kingdom are one thing, those of Spain another, and it is their own business if they decide to separate from one another.”

– Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo

Spain would have no objection to Scotland rejoining the European Union as an independent nation, as long as the secession process from the United Kingdom was legally binding, Spanish foreign minister Josep Borrell said on Tuesday.

And again…

In a letter obtained from the newspaper ‘The National’, Spanish Consul General in Edinburgh, Miguel Angel Vecino Quintana confirms that Spain “will not block Scotland’s entry into the European Union if independence is legally achieved.”

The statement follows the line that has already been confirmed by Foreign Minister Josep Borrell, who in an interview with ‘Politico’ said that in the case of an agreement between London and Edinburgh to hold a referendum, and that referendum for Scottish independence passes, Madrid would recognize the new independent Scotland.

Even in the Guardian…

Spain has said it would not veto an attempt by an independent Scotland to join the EU, in a boost to Nicola Sturgeon’s campaign for a second independence referendum and the clearest sign yet that Brexit has softened Madrid’s longstanding opposition to Scottish independence.

Alfonso Dastis, the Spanish foreign minister, made it clear that the government would not block an independent Scotland’s EU hopes, although he stressed that Madrid would not welcome the disintegration of the UK.

However, cut to the BBC and all this seems to have passed them by.

Oh, and the bit about the Euro and the deficit is not true either…

Scottish Independence Podcast 175 – Public Finances in an Independent Scotland, with Craig Dalzell

long term economic plan

The 175th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a short talk given by Craig Dalzell showing, amongst other things, how distorted the GERS figures can be, some of the immediate savings an independent Scotland would make, and some of the instant bumps in revenue it would have.

 

In case that wasn’t clear above, that is when we are independent, not now.

Hope you enjoy.

You can download the show directly if you click THIS LINK.

You can listen online at the show’s spreaker webpage, or you can subscribe with itunes. We can also be found on youtube and on facebook.

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A Note On Housing (Shoebox Britain)

Another of the UK’s greatest failures is the fact that we live in the smallest houses in Europe.

Many new houses in the UK are “shameful shoebox homes” which are too small for family life, the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) has said.

It says average three-bedroom houses are 8% smaller – the space of a single bedroom – than the recommended minimum.

Even new built houses are not improving the situation.

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