Saturday 9 March 2013


"SCOTLAND'S payments to the European Union could rise from £124 million to £673m under independence, official figures suggest.

"An independent Scotland, with oil reserves, would become the third richest country in the EU in terms of GDP per head. Only the Netherlands and Luxembourg would be better off": Magnus Gardham, Herald.

Unbelievably, in a 'blink several times and rub your eyes to make sure you haven't misread it' article over at the Herald, the political  editor has pointed how that Scotland's contributions to the EU would rise by several hundreds of million pounds per annum if we were to join as an independent country. 

Why, we hear you ask! 

Because, unlike the UK, we would be one of the richest countries in the organisation.

Wings over Scotland takes the article to pieces here.

But, if you thought that was good, it gets better... Wee Willie Rennie offers his unique brand of wisdom on the issue. Apparently unaware of the significance of being the third richest country in the EU, he opines: "The SNP government's own figures have laid bare the real cost of the nationalist's independence plans. Even with the rebate an independent Scotland's payment to the EU would triple to £378m." 

Duh! All that AND 14,000 treaties to renegotiate!

By the way, this new scare story replaces the previous scare story about us being flung out of the EU. If at first you don't succeed, keep sucking...


  1. ch

    yep the winning one

  2. Well, you have to admit, that's pretty much a losing one, Niko. Still with Willie Rennie on your side you, erm, can't go, erm wrong...

  3. I'm thinking of changing my vote to No. The Union has so impoverished me that I don't think I could handle being rich :-)

    More seriously do Bitter Tegether actually listen to themselves? Do they not see they are talking pish? Or do they have such a low opinion of the Scottish electorate that they think we won't see it?

  4. Yes yes, you are right.We are too wee and too stupid to be rich.

    I think they have nothing to commend the union; nothing to sell it to us with, so they make this drivel up.

    Better together means a future of Tory/New One Nation Squeezed Middle Labour. It means poverty, widening gaps between rich and poor, so probably more crime, no welfare state...

    It's hard to sell that unless you are trying to sell it to a person who thinks that they have a chance of a seat in the Lords, or are very rich....