ref date:7 Dec 2000 (SI)
Independent Scots would be far wealthier on average
Its been the best kept Westminster secret that Scotland has been financially solvent,
indeed more than solvent for 2 decades. The taxation generated from our industries:electronics , finance, oil, gas and 'traditional' - including whisky have been siphoned off
and hidden from us by Westminster.
Then we've been given an allowance under the Barnett formula and told 'like it or lump it'. This attitude has been prevalent under All Tory and Labour London based governments
whose only interest is to preserve the Scottish-English union to exploit the Scots
for votes and cash.
John Swinney, SNP leader, highlighted yet again how deep this lie runs and how many
Scots naievely believe it.
Swinney said "Scotland is a rich country. A vote for the
SNP in this by-election will be a vote for full
fiscal freedom and independence for
Scotland, so that we can turn our rich
country into a rich society, here in Falkirk
West and throughout Scotland."
He went on to say "Scotland would generate a budget surplus
this year of £2800m and £4900m
next year, equivalent to £1511 for every
man, woman and child in the country."
He said "Another Labour MP (in the Falkirk MP position) would support the
continued filching of our resources,
depriving Scotland of £7700m over this
year and next...the
SNP will stand up for keeping that money in
Scotland so that the Scottish people can
democratically decide how we invest our
own abundant resources."