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ref date:4 Feb 2003 (econ)
Pharmacy boots made for walking right out of Scotland
After half a century of manufacturing Boots cosmetics (like Longs/Walgreens) in Airdrie in Scotland, the company (Boots) is shutting down with no warning and cutting 1000 jobs.

The operation will move to Northern England.

For as long as Scotland has its economy, cash flow and incentives tied to what London/Westminster will allow, this will continue. Only a fiscally and politically independent Scotland can compete and retain companies like Motorola and Uniroyal.

A devolved Scotland is a hamstrung piece of dead meat.