SNP – independence would be better for the North East than control from London

I’ve reblogged this as it presents a completely different perspective on the issue of Scots independence from what we’ve been usually hearing down south. Here the matter is presented very much in terms of whether Scotland will actually become independent, and whether it can actually survive economically as an independent nation, as well as the rhetoric from its opponents about breaking up the historic union. You don’t hear it suggested that Scots independence might actually be also beneficial for the north of England. I was taught in geography at school that one of the causes for the economic decline of the north, apart from the obvious decline in heavy industry, was that it was overshadowed by London. Evan Davies on his show, ‘Mind the Gap: London and the Rest’, stated several times that London had grown to dominate the British economy by pulling in people and expertise from elsewhere. It is also massively dominant economically because of the colossal concentration of British industry, particularly the financial sector and what remains of the civil service, in the capital. As a result, the provinces suffer, with those most acutely hit the further from London. Except when you get to Glasgow and Edinburgh. We were taught that they were furthest away from London and so could begin to generate their own economy without having resources and investment diverted to London. If that’s the case, then an independent, prosperous Scotland might be in a position to stimulate the economy of neighbouring English provinces south of its border. And that would clearly present a challenge to London’s hegemony. The Conservatives have already shown a determination to concentrate resources, public works and industrial development in London, and there is an attitude amongst some of them that the industrial north should simply be left to die. Recently declassified documents from Thatcher’s cabinet have shown that this was the attitude of one of her ministers to Liverpool. So, a successful, Scotland, which has established good trade relations with the English provinces would provide real challenge, at least to those part of England immediately near it, to the economic and political domination of London.

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The Scottish National Party has told the North East an independent Scotland would welcome its workers with open arms.

The SNP said the region should see independence as offering an alternative to London’s dominance over the North East, a claim few of the region’s MPs appeared to agree with.

Instead, there were warnings yesterday of border chaos and towns reduced to “currency exchange kiosks” if a yes vote is returned in this year’s referendum.

Phil Wilson (Sedgefield – Blair’s successor) led MPs yesterday in a parliamentary debate on the impact of independence on the region’s economy.

Citing a Journal report from last year in which First Minister Alex Salmond told the North East it had no better friend than Scotland, the Sedgefield MP questioned the reality of that relationship.

He said: “To the SNP’s internal Scottish audience, the English are those from whom the SNP wants independence, but to the…

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