A GUEST POST BY ERNIE ROSS

Of the MacAlba blog site

Irrefutable Evidence – Scotland’s Direct European Wealth Comparisons.

Many of you will recall that i wrote a blog post in October 2018 titled “Irrefutable Proof – Its not Scotland that’s too poor to be independent, Its England“. That blog post illustrated, and all sourced from official websites, that on a income and resource level, Scotland out performed England on a population basis in all of the 11 areas I measured.

Thinking on this, and with Brexit occurring and Scotland’s push for independence I wanted to compare how Scotland (and England) fared against 3 other countries of very similar populations in the EU area and how it fared against the EUs biggest economy. I used the same 11 areas as the initial blog post above and broke it down on a population basis.

Below are the results – they may surprise you.

COASTLINE

RankCountryValue
1Norway4.7 metres
2Scotland1.9 meters
3Denmark1.3 meters
4Ireland0.3 metres
5England0.08 meters
6Germany0.03 meters

SEA AREA

RankCountryValue
1Norway0.26 km2
2Ireland0.18 km2
3Scotland0.09 km2
4Denmark0.02 km2
5England0.004 km2
6Germany0.00009 km2

FOREST

RankCountryValue
1Norway18,890 m2
2Scotland2,700 m2
3Ireland1,576 m2
4Germany1,373 m2
5Denmark1,047 m2
6England240 m2

FARM LAND

RankCountryValue
1Scotland10,860 m2
2Ireland10,190 m2
3Denmark4,585 m2
4Germany2,050 m2
5Norway2,169 m2
6England1,550 m2

OIL RESERVES

RankCountryValue
1Scotland2,286 bbls
2Norway964.5 bbls
3Denmark150.5 bbls
4Ireland61.2 bbls
5England24 bbls
6Germany1.6 bbls

GAS RESERVES

RankCountryValue
1Norway2,135 boe
2Scotland761 boe
3England48 boe
4Denmark17 boe
5Ireland12.3 boe
6Germany3.1 boe

RENEWABLES

RankCountryValue
1Norway5.81 kWh
2Scotland5.3 kWh
3Denmark1.4 kWh
4Ireland0.9 kWh
5Germany0.6 kWh
6England0.3 kWh

FISH LANDINGS

RankCountryValue
1Norway466 kg
2Denmark156 kg
3Scotland89 kg
4Ireland61 kg
5England4 kg
6Germany3 kg

TOURIST INCOME

RankCountryValue
1Scotland£2,095
2England£1,927
3Denmark£1,135
4Norway£962
5Ireland£909
6Germany£354

GDP

RankCountryValue
1Ireland£58,022
2Norway£55,410
3Denmark£44,141
4Scotland£34,276
5Germany£34,122
6England£31,900

TOTAL EXPORTS

RankCountryValue
1Ireland£26,122
2Norway£16,849
3Germany£15,996
4Scotland£14,400
5Denmark£13,688
6England£4,664

The average positions based on the above are as follows:

Average RankCountry
1Norway
2Scotland
3Ireland
4Denmark
5Germany
6England

As you can see from the above, Scotland with a tiny amount more people than Norway, and significantly less people than England and Germany manages to average across all 11 areas in second place, taking first place in 3 of the areas.

One thing that stands out to me is that even though Scotland sits second on average, and its a very close second by the way, they are the only ones without independence and full fiscal control, and that is very telling when you look at the fiscal comparisons between the countries in the last 3 measures areas.

In those last three, Scotland sits 4th in two of them (where there is central UK fiscal control), where as it sits top when Scotland promotes itself.

This should be enough for people to see that if we were independent and could re-join the EU and control all of our own MASSIVE resources and share them with other European countries whilst retaining full fiscal autonomy, there is no doubt in my mind that if I re-ran this blog post after we gain independence and let a few years pass by that we would be ahead of Norway, and England (although they are already last in this comparison exercise) will continue to fall down the rankings.

The greatest cheat ever played on Scots is that they believe they aren’t capable of being independent – yet even in this utterly disfunctional union, with 76% power retained in London and our hands tied behind out backs – we still out perform Ireland, Denmark, Germany and England across all 11 areas.

Why is it that with less resources and less per population share of said resources they can afford independence but we cant? I wonder if its because we are far wealthier as a nation than you are told.

YOURS FOR SCOTLAND

ERNIE ROSS

This is important information which needs shared across Scotland and the World. More proof we are big enough, rich enough all that left to do is to deliver Independence which will prove we are smart enough as well!

17 thoughts on “A GUEST POST BY ERNIE ROSS

  1. It makes one say why’s there so much Lies & untrue statements on GDP & Scotland capability to Master our Economy also Defence

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  2. You have done sterling work here, Ernie, and have shown in black-and-white what those of us who have been supportive of independence have always known by instinct. If people could just get the heads round the realities of why England wanted the Union in 1707 – not the spin and the lies – they would understand that it was not about rescuing poor, wee benighted Scotland from its own folly of Darien, but a far more pragmatic, hard-headed approach that, even in the 18th century, proved that Scotland was well worth having. Now, with so many natural resources known about, and science predicting more, greener ones, to boot, we are an even bigger prize financially, and, in terms of world power, England would be much reduced without us. They know that, so we should prepare ourselves for the onslaught.

    Ernie, your calculations should be on campaign leaflets. No question. Laid out like that, anyone can understand them. Thank you, Iain for letting Ernie have the use of your website.

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  3. Wow Ernie! That post on statistics is a real eye opener I know Scotland is rich in natural assets but I didn’t know the comparisons to other independent nations would be so stark in our favour. I can only image how better a life we could be giving our people if we could only ditch this 314 year asset draining union.

    It becomes apparent, exactly why Westminster and by default all its corporate buddies are desperate to hold onto Scotland without our asset rich country to syphon on a daily basis (as you’ve clearly highlighted above) England would not be as prosperous. We are the Golden Goose, constantly mocked and abused and ridiculed that we’re too wee and too poor to become an independent nation, when that isn’t the case.

    We badly need independence, Westminster will not easily give up all our assets, a third of the UK’s landmass nor Faslane where it houses its obscene nuclear weapons roughly thirty miles from our largest and most populated city.

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  4. thousands of pounds spent on SNP staffer salaries and we never get any analysis from the party like this. SNP politicians should be able to recite this stuff in their sleep. Credit to Ernie…..independence wouldn’t be polling at 57% without people like him .

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  5. The best summation I heard recently was that the Tories wont feed their own school children never mind subsidise an entire nation.

    We all know the trut.

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  6. The fact that the EUs richest nation (Germany) only reaches 5th position in the analysis suggests that there is little correlation between this analysis and a nations actual wealth and power.
    Natural resources are not everything, e.g. Uk oil revenue currently is less than £1B per year, compared with service exports of over £200B.

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    1. The analysis compares relative wealth and highlights Scotland’s potential were it given the chance to make its own choices on the best way forward.

      The very small revenues currently reaped from the North Sea are not some kind of inevitable reality. They are simply the result of incongruous policies of the UK govt. You should read the Business for Scotland paper “Why the UK’s Oil And Gas Revenues Are Dwarfed By Norway’s” (https://www.businessforscotland.com/uks-oil-gas-revenues-dwarfed-norways/). It states;

      “The UK Government has introduced a tax system for oil and gas which effectively now pays large oil companies to extract oil, rather than one where the oil companies pay extraction taxes to the UK. In the 24 countries where Shell operates, in the two years (2015 and 2016) reported since the price dropped, all countries except the UK made Shell pay taxes on oil and gas extraction. During that period the UK paid Shell £179m in tax rebates, whilst Shell paid £4.589 billion to Norway and even more to other countries. So, Norway generated £4,768m more from one company than Westminster’s oil and gas tax policies generated from the entire UK industry in those two years. There is a similar scenario for BP. UK taxpayers paid BP £340 million in tax rebates in 2015 and 2016. Other countries such as Azerbaijan received up to £10,048 million in taxes from BP”.

      So Scotland’s real wealth is, again, artificially depressed by its subservience to a UK govt not acting in its interests.

      Germany may be Europe’s “wealthiest” country, but only because it is Europe’s largest population. As illustrated above, per capita its GDP is less than many smaller countries. Even little Luxembourg is far wealthier per capita than Germany. You have to let go of this “bigger is automatically better” truthiness.

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      1. >>>The very small revenues currently reaped from the North Sea are not some kind of inevitable reality. They are simply the result of incongruous policies of the UK govt.

        A good point. Back around the indyref when oil revenues plummeted, unionists pointed out that Scotland couldn’t be independent because the case had depended to a certain extent on oil revenues.

        For whatever reason, nobody seemed able to point out the fact Norway was extracting similar amounts at the same time, but their revenues were massively higher.

        It was a matter of tax policy – not how much oil was left, not even the price of oil – that meant the UK brought in less money from oil in those years.

        Though personally I would rather we made more in our arguments going forward of renewables than oil. Oh look, Scotland is blessed with them too! 🙂

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  7. Can I ask a question about fish landings? Norway are streaks ahead on that metric and they aren’t in the EU. Do they land more fish because they aren’t part of The Common Fisheries Policy, or are they? Does EFTA membership guarantee that they are in charge of their territorial waters, from a fishing perspective, but they can still sell easily into the EU because of the EFTA membership.
    If that is the case, would it not be better for Scotland’s economy to seek EFTA membership, rather than EU membership?

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    1. It it not EFTA membership per-se (it doesn’t amount to a trade deal with the EU), but that EEA membership excludes fisheries. So Iceland and Norway both have additional agreements with the EU.

      These trade EU access to their waters for sending (unprocessed) fish to the EU; at least in the case of Norway, I suspect the same may apply to Iceland.

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  8. Fascinating article. Thye figures on GDP and Total Exports are especially interesting and challenge the lazy unionist narrative. CAn you tell us a bit mopre about the sources of these two tables especially as there will be resistance and doubts from the usual quarters.

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