Welcome to Wealthy Nation

| 20/12/2013 | 23 Comments

Michael Fry Wealthy NationWelcome to Wealthy Nation.  We are a group of Scots who stand to the right of centre on the political spectrum and who are going to vote Yes to the independence of our country in the referendum on September 18, 2014.

To some observers this intention may come as a surprise, but we think Scottish independence is a logical extension of our belief in personal, political, social and economic freedom. On the Wealthy Nation website we have set up, we want over the coming months to discuss and define the relationship between that national goal and the principles we hold.  We will show also how the kind of practical policies we advocate will make the Scotland of the future a much richer and happier place.

We have chosen the name Wealthy Nation for two reasons.  One is that it reminds us of one of the greatest books ever written in Scotland, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith of Kirkcaldy.  It set out the groundwork for our modern economy not only in this country but all over the world, a modern economy which has everywhere brought tremendous advances in the standard of living.  It not only makes many people more prosperous but also enables us to take better care of the less well off.  This was something Smith himself never forgot, and nor will we.

The second reason for choosing the name Wealthy Nation is that it actually describes the Scotland we live in, with its abundant natural, industrial, financial and human resources.  But what we would add is that these resources are not being used to the best advantage of our people.  Policies imposed on us from Westminster, and run in the interests of the South East of England, distort our economy and stop it from reaching its full potential. On our website we will set out the new Scottish policies, different from the failed Westminster policies, that can unleash our potential.

The overall aim is to replace control and regulation from elsewhere with freedom and initiative for ourselves.  We will enrich the personal lives of the men and women who live here and at the same time create a country which, by the example of its success, will be able to make a greater contribution to the rest of the world, whether to our near neighbours and allies or to more distant peoples who will welcome our help.  Scotland will cease to be a provincial backwater and become a valued member of the international community.  Both at home and abroad, we will discover that prosperity and fairness are two sides of the same coin.

We may be more used to hearing some of this sort of language come from the political left, but in fact the political centre right is better able to realise the ideals that underpin it.  A country which cannot run a successful economy will not fulfil any other of its aims either, but just fall into social strife.  And the policies of the left, public ownership and control, have never produced economic success in any country or at any time.  This is true of Scotland too.

We will also contribute to the national conversation on the development of an independent Scotland’s written constitution including the need for individual and property rights, the right to free enterprise, the protection of voluntary association and checks and balances on the state. By libertarian we mean freedom for individuals, freedom for families, freedom for communities – and freedom for our country.

The trouble is that here we have never had a party which both advocates the policies of the centre right and remains committed to the Scottish values that combine prosperity with fairness: today’s Scottish Conservative party only ever follows orders from London and a very different right-of-centre philosophy.

We believe there is a substantial right-of-centre tradition in Scotland but it will never consolidate in a substantial vote for the Westminster Conservative Party.  The Tories are out of touch with Scotland and their brand remains toxic north of the border. Yet it cannot be said that a tradition of the centre right is lacking here.  Quite apart from Adam Smith, Scotland would not have become in the old days a workshop of the world unless its capitalists had understood their business and inspired their workers to join in perfecting products that sold round the globe.

In Wealthy Nation we want to pick up the threads that will lead from that successful Scotland of the past to the successful Scotland of the future.  Our readers can help us to do that, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Michael Fry
Wealthy Nation


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  1. Daniel Arnott says:

    An excellent article. A little idealistic. I agree, a centre-right party in an independent Scotland
    would be the way forward but getting the majority of Scots to accept that will be difficult.
    One important issue you failed to mention was the EU. a left wing bureaucracy and the control it exercises over our economy and our laws and ability to control our Borders from undesirables.
    Perhaps you will find time to give your views on our relationship with the EU.

    Best wishes.

  2. John Clark says:

    I’ve only just discovered this ‘group’ by investigating the two words – “Wealthy Nation” – written together as a noun on the Wings Over Scotland site. I know not when you emerged, but thank God you exist! I thought I was a lone pro-independence voice explaining to others that being an Indy Right-Winger was not a juxtaposition in terms. I call myself “Tartan Tory” over there, partly for effect (I enjoy being controversial as it often stimulates debate) and partly because there is some truth behind my seemingly self-deprocating self-assignation. However, unlike the stereotypical tory toff, I DO CARE. I care about Scotland as much as any man, I care about the social fabric, or indeed the lack of it, which is becoming the norm in our society. I care about my neighbors and I obviously care about myself and my family. It is wrong to presume that caring about yourself means that you don’t care about others. There is nothing I want more than Scottish independence. It means more to me than money in the bank or food in the fridge. However, the only thing that really worries me is the potential for a heaving public sector or a benefit culture that could potentially ensue post independence IF there is not some political balance and common sense in a new nations government. There is real power in self-determination, but it has to stem from an individual belief in oneself – not from a government hand-out. As a fairly successful (small) businessman, I know full-well that ‘Scotland Ltd’ can easily prosper on a balance sheet. My worry is that her assets – the people – can just as easily become liabilities. The rhetoric of Tommy Sheridan may be great for morale, but pure socialism has been proven to fail the world over. Not so contrasting is the ideology of pure capitalism, which also consumes itself when left to fester unabated. The middle ground makes the most sense, yet we don’t actually have anything there of substance. It’s no good sitting on the fence and I hope for a future Scotland which draws on the strengths of both sides without the (liberal?) weakness of indecision. I am not the man to provide leadership here. Knowing myself means I know my own weaknesses. Delegation has never been my strong-point, but self-reliance has worked well. However, this does not preclude me from seeking leadership in someone else. Show me a politically pragmatic individual who will make independence work (without self-interest) and I will follow them to the hilt.

  3. Andrew Anderson says:

    I welcome the formation of Wealthy Nation. It’s good to have a focus for those of us (very few, I thought) who are constantly frustrated by the implicit assumption that voting “yes” will mean a tick in the ballot paper box for an SNP-led parliament. That an independent Scotland will be able to make its own decisions, whether about its currency, membership of the EU, its tax and welfare policies and, not least, its constitution, seems to have escaped most commentators. Unfortunately it suits the SNP to promote the bizarre notion that a vote for it is also a vote for Alex Salmond as Scotland’s first Prime Minister, so that it is choosing to run a divisive rather an an inclusive campaign, one of whose themes should be that independence will mean the end of the SNP, which would be superfluous, just as the new South Africa doesn’t need the help of the Anti-Apartheid Movement.

    Wealthy Nation seems to have understood this, but isn’t a very broad church itself. Encouraging debate is the right thing to do, but by positioning itself as right of centre the organisation is likely to alienate some potential supporters of independence who would place themselves elsewhere on the spectrum. Such people should be bright enough to understand that a “yes” vote on September 18th is only the beginning of something, that it offers new options, with none being closed off, but that fundamental point is the one that must be made, over and over again, to the point of tedium. If the SNP grasped it, and genuinely believed in its professed goal more than in perpetuating its own existence, there would be a majority for independence. That of course won’t happen, so it’s all the more important that others fill the vacuum. Wealthy Scotland can do some of that, but how do you attract those who, for example, want a new country with no significant armed forces, no monarchy and a strong central state bent on major redistribution of wealth? If you believe in independence, you want those people to vote for it just as much as anyone else, don’t you?

  4. Peter Ovenstone says:

    A very welcome addition to the debate on Scottish Independence, especially as I am originally from St. Monans in Fife which is certainly not a left wing part of Scotland. The motto at the top of the page sums up Scottish Independence for me.

  5. James Rodden says:

    What a wonderfully articulated article and while I am politically to the left of centre I welcome discourse from anyone who has Scotland’s well being at heart. One question though, why no Facebook page, it seems to me that Facebook is the only place where honest discourse is happening, the mainstream media only seem to have one aim and use lies and scaremongering to achieve it. We need more voices like yours to be heard utilising all media outlets available to you, in this way can the rest of the people begin to realise that this is not the “Alex Salmond show” but the opportunity of a lifetime to become the country we have always had the potential to be.

  6. Donald Phillips says:

    Great to have you on board Wealthy Nation, I look forward to a greater spread of ideas. Maybe it is you who could get the media to listen. Best of Wishes.

  7. Iain Rodger says:

    This is a very welcome addition to the Yes campaign…I am right behind you. #yes2014

  8. Bob Kell says:

    Welcome to the great debate of our lifetlme.

  9. Lewis says:

    Glad to see this initiative. Scotland needs a pro-independence centre right party to provide an alternative to the ‘London Tories, Scotland Branch’.
    Perhaps you will become that new centre right political party in the near future, whether the vote goes Yes or No?

    Wealthy Nation – Scotland’s own Conservative Party?

    Best wishes anyhow

  10. Alistair Wddell says:

    Good luck Guys, you are a most welcome addition to the YES campaign.

    Scotland first.

  11. Greetings and all good wishes for the success of Wealthy Scotland, a most welcome addition to the Scottish political scene, which otherwise would have a large black hole in this part of the spectrum.

    The Scottish national movement has been building up over a century and a half, with the rise of the SNP only one of its many symptoms. Governments must, however, cover the entire range of political opinion in the country, and it is clear that the field of Scottish politics has been seriously unbalanced for many years.

    Having been born and brought up on Clydeside during the interwar Depression I am one of a dwindling number of Scots who can remember scenes of poverty, misery, destitution and even starvation that the poorest among us nowadays cannot even imagine.

    There must be no repetition of these tragedies, and the remedy must tackle the economic and social causes at their roots, not just the surface symptoms. I am happy to see the emergence of the badly needed political initiative represented by Wealthy Scotland, which I hope will make full use of the accumulated experience that is available to it. Scotland in the World is going to need all the intellectual resources it can assemble if the necessary long-term strategic planning is to be successfully mastered. There is a vital role here for Wealthy Scotland, and a job to be done.

  12. Brian milligan says:

    The voice of the people is spreading. Good luckand best wishes for you and your supporters.

  13. Brian milligan says:

    the peoples voice is spreading, we need each other. Good luck.

  14. Michael Grewar says:

    Wealthy nation, a group to unite those of centre right views and support independence is long overdue. I look forward to meeting with other like minded people who share my own vision.

  15. Jamie Rae says:

    Splendid stuff Michael. Scotland needs this. I will observe your growth with great interest. Best wishes.

  16. Alasdair Frew-Bell says:

    Not right of centre but welcome, at long last, to the noble cause. Why no facebook?

  17. Alex Clark says:

    I think it’s great to see a blog from the centre right who believe in voting Yes for an Independent Scotland. I hope your site prospers and gets a lot of debate so that people may be better informed.

    Expect a bumpy ride but it will be worth it if you can get the message across by being positive and giving the facts rather than the propaganda from the MSM.

  18. Craig Evans says:

    This website is a welcome addition to the campaign for Independence; Scotland’s future will be made by all it’s people of many political creeds and none.

    I hope this will encourage more people from the right to declare for the YES campaign.

  19. G. P. Walrus says:

    Great to see another well-articulated viewpoint in the independence movement. Good luck.
    Personally I feel that the language of political left and right is inadequate to address the needs of society but I do support more localisation and distribution of power, which it seems you are for. I will follow your site with interest.

  20. Stuart Hay says:

    Great. The independence debate has struggled through a failure for some people to realise that independence means more than just the SNP. For a long time the need for an alternative pro-indy political movement has been apparent. No matter party persuasions we are united in our efforts to bring a positive result in next September’s referendum. Good luck.

  21. John Simon says:

    Great addition to Independence debate – much needed and an antidote to some of the more excitable Left-Radicals at the edges of the movement. About time rational, pragmatic Scots got across sound business, liberty and economic rational arguments for Independence. Good Luck!

  22. David Mackintosh says:

    WOW how nice to see a more right wing group join the debate in a positive way. I am looking to read much more and hope you get lots of exposure. I do wonder if the BBC and the MSM will report your arrival, probably not how sad is that.

  23. David Martin says:

    Congrats on the new Pro-indy group, with a different vision for the future of Scotland. With your media knowledge and experience, I hope you can prevent Wealthy Nation being ignored by the MSM!

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