Money Union: Denied

It looks like plans for the monetary union have run aground on the jagged rocks of politics. The three major political parties will block any attempt to form a currency union between an independent Scotland and the rest of the UK. The big criticism that I always seemed to find about the currency union was…

Immigration

I can’t remember where I read it, but there was a little anecdote about the differences between the Scottish and English political landscape. When asked about how Scotland would fill skill gaps in its economy, Alex Salmond said that Scotland would seek them from abroad. The journalist, sensing that he had talked Salmond into a…

Dudley Weighs In

BP CEO Bob Dudley has come out with some mixed opinions about Scottish independence. On the one hand, BP’s all for investing in Scotland, with record investments in the North Sea in the near future. On the other hand, he has raised doubts about how his company will handle independence. His chief concern about it…

Six Nations

On the way to work, I noticed an English flag flying outside of a pub. Realising that this isn’t normal in Scotland, a closer look revealed a Scottish, Welsh and Italian flag. Despite the absence of a French and Irish flag, I extrapolated that this meant that the Six Nations is coming. Now, normally, I’m…

Currency Union

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has made some pessimistic, if rather obvious statements about Scotland losing some of its sovereignty if it forms a currency union with Scotland. Whilst his statements come absolutely nowhere near the savaging that unionists fancy it to be, it does expose some of the problems facing a currency union…

Jobs

Well, it looks like the UK’s unemployment total has fallen. Scotland has followed, reporting its own drop in unemployment. No doubt the yes campaign will sleep smugly tonight knowing it outperformed the UK as a whole. Of course, it is hard to predict how the economy will affect the referendum. Will people be more likely…