Thursday, 8 August 2013

WATCH THIS AND WEEP - HOW NORTH SEA OIL FUNDED THATCHERISM

The Scottish Citizen: WATCH THIS AND WEEP - HOW THE UK HAS CONNED SCOTLA...: If Scots don't not vote YES in September 2014 then this bleeding of the country's natural resources will, given past experience, li...

The video in the above post has lots on terrific quotations some of which I have cited below. Where I know who actually said them I have mentioned their originators...

'Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it'

'Why was the evidence suggesting that an independent Scotland could be amongst the richest countries in Europe stamped SECRET and buried in the' UK Government 'archives for 30 years?'

'For anyone who cares about democracy such behind the scenes attempts to undermine legitimate political concerns are a cause for concern.'

'North Sea Oil could have far reaching consequences for Scottish membership of the EEC because of the tremendously increased political power it would confer as the major producer of oil in Western Europe. Scotland would be in a key position and other countries would be extremely foolish if they did not see to do all they could to accommodate Scottish interests. This paper has shown that the advent of North Sea Oil has completely overturned the traditional economic arguments used against Scottish nationalism. For the first time since the Act of Union was passed it can now be credibly argued that Scotland's economic advantage lies in its repeal' Extract from UK Government document in the 1970s.

'North Sea Oil runs out very slowly whereas the flow of cash from the City can run out just like that' Nick Robinson, BBC Political Editor.

'In a sense you squandered that wealth, and you mistook the success of the Thatcher era as a success based on good economic policy when it was really a success based on living off your wealth and leaving future generations impoverished'