Let’s be confident

| 17/09/2014 | 0 Comments
Let’s be confident

 Wealthy Nation offers you a thought to pass on to everyone you can. Please send this link to someone you know http://www.wealthynation.org/lets-be-confident/   This is a time for confidence. Scot for Scot, we have done as much as any other nation to shape today’s world, and we can make just as great a contribution to […]

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Mr Carney’s omissions

| 15/09/2014 | 2 Comments
Mr Carney’s omissions

In a last throw of the dice, on September 10th  the Governor of the Bank of England was wheeled out to tell the Treasury Select Committee of the House of Commons that “the experience of other countries was that central banks need to have reserves equivalent to at least 25% of GDP if they used […]

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Voting is an emotional issue in Scotland

| 15/09/2014 | 0 Comments
Voting is an emotional issue in Scotland

Transcript of an interview by the BBC with Martin Gilbert of Aberdeen Asset Management. Martine Gilbert founded the company and and still runs it. It is the biggest independent asset management firm outside the United States with £325 billion pounds under its control. BBC: First off, I tried to find out which way Mr Gilbert […]

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Uncertainty is a good reason to vote “Yes”

| 14/09/2014 | 0 Comments
Uncertainty is a good reason to vote “Yes”

The idea that Scotland should not become independent because of “uncertainty” is absurd. It’s also doubly absurd when we hear it from those who purport to lead us. Rather, it is a good reason for a small progressive country to be independent and not fear change. Let me explain, both as an economist and a […]

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Two roads for Scotland

| 14/09/2014 | 2 Comments
Two roads for Scotland

A vision of two possible routes in the future for Scotland – from David Simpson. A.   The  High Road: Following a YES Vote  on September 18th, negotiations begin with the Government at Westminster. Agreement is reached on a deal for a currency and banking union that ensures the continuation of the existing monetary arrangements. Parallel  negotiations […]

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Why Westminster isn’t working

| 11/09/2014 | 0 Comments
Why Westminster isn’t working

Commenting on the 8 September Opinion Poll showing the YES campaign in the lead for the first time, the BBC’s political editor Nick Robinson said that it reflected in part the “loathing” voters feel for politicians. Why do voters feel this way? Because the British political system has failed them. There is an unspoken agreement […]

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The Big Issue

| 10/09/2014 | 0 Comments
The Big Issue

Professor David Simpson gets to the heart of the matter. What really divides YES and No voters in the Referendum are not the superficial issues like questions of currency, EU membership  or  defence policy. Most people’s views on these matters are shaped by how they feel about the underlying Big Issue, i.e. whether they believe […]

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The Power of Scotland

| 10/09/2014 | 0 Comments
The Power of Scotland

From Jim Walker  of Asianomics Too wee. Too poor. Too stupid. Too risky. Too insignificant. That has been the message of the ‘Better Together’ campaign since the referendum debate began. Yet, as Scotland edges towards a Yes vote on 18 September David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband are rushing for the train to present […]

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I’m voting ‘yes’ because I’m a Tory, not in spite of it

| 09/09/2014 | 4 Comments
I’m voting ‘yes’ because I’m a Tory, not in spite of it

Moray McDonald (@MorayMacdonald) First published as a column in “The Thunderer” in The Times Scotland today.   We publish here a slightly longer and unedited version. It is time to come out of the closet.  I’m voting Yes and as a result, for the first time in years, I am excited about the future of centre-right politics in […]

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Scottish independence, UK dependency

| 09/09/2014 | 0 Comments
Scottish independence, UK dependency

From the New Economics Foundation Blog September 4, 2014 By: James Meadway Something has rattled the City of London this week. With opinion polls showing support for Scottish independence closing in fast on the opposition, the pound “tumbled”, relative to the dollar, on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Telegraph today runs with a front-page story that “Yes […]

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Yes / No and the GBP

| 09/09/2014 | 0 Comments
Yes / No and the GBP

Guest Contributor Andrew Hunt  is an economic consultant, an Englishman and a fan of Scotland. He lives outside our wealthy nation but is a keen observer of the referendum conversation. I am a fan of Scotland. Our family dogs come from the Scottish ‘Ridgeback Mafia’ and our idea of automotive heaven is driving a small […]

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Common sense about a common currency – part two

| 08/09/2014 | 0 Comments
Common sense about a common currency – part two

 Professor David Simpson, a professional economist with long experience in public policy, provides some common sense thinking on the currency debate. The Lessons of Experience In my earlier blog, I showed that an independent Scotland could continue to use the pound sterling as its currency whether or not there was a formal treaty agreed with […]

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Common sense about a common currency – part one

| 07/09/2014 | 2 Comments
Common sense about a common currency – part one

Professor David Simpson, a professional economist with long experience in public policy, provides some common sense thinking on the currency debate. Arguments of Last Resort Most economists realise that 95 per cent of economics is common sense.  The other 5 per cent is nowadays sadly nonsense, theories whose bizarre conclusions flow from risible assumptions that […]

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It’s NOT all about pounds and oil

| 01/09/2014 | 0 Comments
It’s NOT all about pounds and oil

A special report by Asianomics, written by Scottish economist Jim Walker, lays out a powerful case for independence.  The full report is available in pdf format here.  A synopsis of the argument is laid out below.  It is NOT all about pounds and oil. It is time for Scots to take responsibility for their own […]

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Monetary policy in an independent Scotland – currency union and beyond

| 13/08/2014 | 1 Comment
Monetary policy in an independent Scotland – currency union and beyond

By Michael Nevin   As debate continues to rage around the vexed question of a currency union between an independent Scotland and the rest of the UK, two questions need to be addressed.  How would a currency union work? And, equally pertinently, what would happen if it didn’t work or could not be made to […]

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