ref date:21 Apr 1999 (ECON)
Salmond highlights his hopes for Scotland in London club
Alex Salmond speaking to an exclusive audience of "London Gentlemen" made
an impassioned speech highlighting his hopes for the Scots, balancing
trade, business and social justice.
He said :
"Over a hundred years ago, Scotland was the richest country in the world, with a strong
entrepreneurial economy. A century before, Adam Smith had laid down the theory, which Scots were
to prove adept at in practice.
"But this was a dynamic economy that had one eye firmly on social welfare. Our success was not
purely financial, as we also invested in what was the best education system in the world Ö
"If we have been successful once, we can be successful again. And if we have once used our wealth
to benefit our people, then we can do that again."
The David Hume institute has said Scotland would be better off free once more! Mr Salmond went on to say
"Those sentimentalists who argue for the Union never explain
why Scotland has done do badly. I think itís time for Scotland to do better, better for all its people."
"Over recent decades we have seen a decline in both enterprise and compassion. And our democracy
has become tarnished too Ö Though the powers of Holyrood are limited, we can begin to rebuild
Scotland as a dynamic, caring society."