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Scotland, North Sea Oil and The Report that was brushed under the carpet…. January 13, 2012

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There’s been a good bit of talk about a Referendum on Scottish Independence recently as the SNP came to power in Scotland.
It turns out that a report was written in 1975 at the UK governments behest and subsequently buried …

It was a document that could have changed the course of Scottish history. Nineteen pages long, Written in an elegant, understated academic hand by the leading Scottish economist Gavin McCrone, presented to the Cabinet office in April 1975 and subsequently buried in a Westminster vault for thirty years. It revealed how North Sea oil could have made an independent Scotland as prosperous as Switzerland

How black gold was hijacked: North Sea Oil and the betrayal of Scotland

 

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1. The Partition Of Scotland? « An Sionnach Fionn - January 14, 2012

[…] under international law to the southern reaches of the current “British” North Sea oilfields? What about communication links to the last remnants of the British colony in Ireland? Would a […]

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2. Ed - January 14, 2012

At the time when North Sea oil was first being exploited, Tony Benn was energy minister, and he proposed that the revenue be cordoned off from day-to-day spending and put into a fund to promote Britain’s economic development (what they call a sovereign wealth fund nowadays), in particular to promote industry. The rest of the Labour cabinet dismissed it as typical ‘loony left’ Benn stuff. A few years ago PricewaterhouseCoopers did a report which estimated that if Benn’s plan had been implemented, Britain would now have a fund worth half a trillion pounds at its disposal.

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3. Jim Monaghan - January 14, 2012

I think if we had found oil on that scale, our problems would be even worse. FF and their friends would have bought successive elections and squandered everything.It would have led to a parasitic culture. Look at what our preening leites think of their entitlements

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