WHY..SOME QUESTIONS TO PONDER
Let’s start with oil. Why did they pipe the oil from the Scottish North Sea to Teesside and other points South?
Because oil creates a lot of jobs in the downstream plastics industry. The UK Government wanted them in England rather than Scotland. The wanted to lessen any Scottish grip on the asset.
Why did the UK GOVERNMENT sell off the state owned BNOC unlike Norway who created Statoil?
Because the Tories wanted no state owned oil. They wanted it all in private hands. They thought this made it easier to reject calls for a State Oil fund that would have shared the oil wealth. Norway did the opposite and their stock and share purchases through this fund now account for over 1.4% of all shares and stocks in the entire World. It is the World’s largest sovereign wealth fund valued at $1.4 TRILLION. This represents $248,000 for EVERY Norwegian citizen. Scotland found more oil than Norway. We, according to Westminster, have a DEFICIT.
WHY did Norway handle its oil wealth much better than Scotland? Well the first reason was they knew what was going on. In Scotland we were told “ it was the wrong type of oil” that “we would be lucky if it lasted ten years” and of course the Labour Government buried the McCrone Report, marking it top secret.
Then of course Norway was Independent and in full control of their assets Scotland, in contrast is England’s tuck shop where they don’t even pay us Pennies for the privilege.
BUT ITS NOT JUST OIL
I could write this article using a big number of different examples but let’s look at Energy because the same con game is well underway with this sector as well.
Scottish renewables are growing and we are already self sufficient and we also have energy to export and those energy surpluses will grow given our geographical advantages in terms of wind, wave, tidal, hydro etc.
Great, where will we sell it? Not so good. Why?
Because Westminster is intent on controlling that as well. You might have read recently about the new power undersea cable being laid across to Europe. For years before Scotland was trying to do this, there was considerable support for the idea from the European Union BUT there was no interest or funding in Westminster.
Why Blyth you might ask? The answer is quite clear Blyth is the most suitable point in North East England to transfer Scotland’s surplus power to the continent but keep Scotland out the equation. Blyth to energy is what Teesside was for oil.
In the same way that Scotland is a significant and growing exporter of renewable energy ENGLAND IS A MASSIVE IMPORTER OF POWER, totally incapable of producing sufficient energy for their own needs. They need Scotland’s energy to stay cut off from distributing that power anywhere without it being sent via England. That way they guarantee it for England’s needs first. They can also control the price by denying Scotland alternative markets.
Sound a bad deal to you? Well it’s worse. Why?
Well the “national grid” is set up in a rather unusual way. Unlike other markets where the consumer eventually pays the cost of bringing the product to market Energy through the National Grid works this principle in reverse and “ connection charges” are highest in Scotland because that production is distant from the “market”. For market read England, and the South in particular.
Now while Scots consumers will be well used to high delivery charges and surcharges for other products, in some cases delivery is not even possible, the energy consumer in England expects the Scottish supplier of their energy needs to pay a premium for the privilege.
All the above would change with Independence which is why the oil goes to Teesside and our energy goes to Blyth. Do you get in now? It pretty blatant even at first glance.
Now I will quickly add in passing, because I will be coming back to discuss this more fully in the near future that Scotland, the top exporter in the UK has intentionally been cut off from all markets through a combination of no investment in our ports, no direct ferry links with Europe, the same with air where our airports are mainly used as feeder routes for the three London airports and our range of direct flights are pathetic when compared with ALL Western countries of similar size.
The effect of all this. Scotland, the top exporter in the UK is forced to trade with the World via ENGLAND. This can lead to some staggering anomalies. For instance ENGLAND exports more whisky than Scotland. The most popular route to export Scottish salmon is via London Heathrow.
THIS IS WHAT YOU CALL COLONIAL POWER BEING FULLY EXERCISED. WHY SOME SCOTS CAN’T SEE IT IS BEYOND ME.
Ridiculous is it not but the most ridiculous fact is this. I suspect many people will be quite surprised by some of the information detailed above, but you shouldn’t be, our Nationalist Mp’s and MSP’s should be shouting about this from the rooftops. This type of information is what turns “ soft no’s”, so please share and retweet this everywhere but also challenge your local elected representative and ask him or her ( apologies for the pronouns) why they are not concentrating on this message rather than the daft, divisive nonsense that is blowing the unity of the YES MOVEMENT APART.
I am, as always
Yours for Scotland.
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