Lies, threats and intimidation forced Scotland out of the union

scotland post Brexit map

The isolationist ideals of the UK Government and the lies and threats of the unionist establishment have ensured absolutely, that Scotland will achieve independence in the foreseeable future.

And when we finally walk out the door, I do hope that they reflect on the fact that it was their contempt for Scotland that has caused this situation to unfold.

We wish England and what remains of the United Kingdom well as we leave, and prepare to become an independent country again, but it's difficult to pretend that the feeling is mutual.  It actually kind of feels like we've being kicked out the door.

Back during the first independence referendum campaign, all kinds of threats were thrown our way by the no campaign.

"We'll stop you from using the pound," they said. "You won't get your pension" they suggested. "You won't survive without us" they said. "We'll throw up a hard border" they threatened. "We won't buy your exports" they suggested.  "You'll be forced to leave the EU if you vote for independence" they threatened - well look how that worked out for us.

They told us that we'd face uncertainty if we voted for independence.  And now it is clear that independence is the only way to avoid perpetual uncertainty in the UK.

They told us we'd face job losses if we voted for independence - and the opposite was true - now we face tens of thousands of job losses by remaining a part of the union - because of Brexit.

They said there would be a hard border - they've now proven there would be no need, after showing their willingness to bend over backwards to avoid one in Ireland.

They said a no vote would lead to further meaningful devolution - yet here we are with the powers of the Scottish Parliament now under threat as a result of the power grab.

They said Scotland would lead the UK, yet here we are, our voices ignored and English Votes for English Laws ensuring that Scottish MPs now have no power over matters that affect England, but English MPs still have the overwhelming majority of votes in matters that affect Scotland.

I mean the very idea that the UK would even suggest that they'd even be able to stop buying our exports after independence is frankly laughable.  Where will they get these things from?  Further afield?  Good luck to them!  But we all know, they'll continue to buy our exports after independence, in the same way that they still buy Irish exports.  So the idea that this business relationship will somehow end overnight with independence is disgustingly misleading at best, and a total pack of lies at worst.

More recently, Tory MP David Mundell has said that "Scotland is not a partner of the United Kingdom, it is a part of the United Kingdom."

When Scottish tennis star Andy Murray backed Scottish independence in 2014, the unionist media attacked him for making his feelings clear.

Murray said at the time via his twitter account, "Huge day for Scotland today! No campaign negativity last few days totally swayed my view on it. Excited to see the outcome. Let’s do this!"

So there's absolute proof that the anti Scottish bias, and negativity has actually fueled independence support.

And of course the Little Britain direction being taken now by the UK, forcing Scotland out of the EU against it's will ensures that support for independence is now between 53 and 59% depending on how Brexit plays out in March, according to the very latest polling figures.

The UK is literally pushing Scotland out the door - it's not the other way around.  The complete lack of respect for Scotland's position during the Brexit negotiations has pushed more and more people towards backing independence, with the overwhelming majority of polls showing increased support for indy since the 2014 referendum.

Prolific unionist Sir Billy Connolly has even changed his mind on independence due to the UK's desire to cut itself off from the rest of the world.  He told the media recently "The Brexit vote is a disaster and the breaking up of the togetherness of Europe is a crime bordering on a sin.  I think the more people are together, not separate, the happier they will be.  The most important thing for Scotland is to keep our contact with Europe.  Scots voted to stay in Europe, and if the only way for us to do that is to become independent from England, that may just be the way to go. And I never thought I would say that."

If Billy can change his mind, then frankly, so can anyone.  He is proof that even the most die hard unionist can be brought around to the idea of independence in the right circumstances.

And this Christmas, Scots had to face up to the fact that they were being lectured on unity by an unelected, hereditary head of state, sitting in front of her gold piano, in lavish and luxurious surroundings.  This adds insult to injury, to the people of Scotland, who are already feeling undervalued in the so called "union."

Brexit will bring economic disaster to Scotland and a possible recession, with the loss of thousands of jobs expected in the coming years - and we voted against this insanity.  There's been special treatment for Northern Ireland and even little old Gibraltar, but not for Scotland.

The Claim of Right, allowing the people of Scotland to make constitutional decisions for ourselves has been cast aside by the British Government in recent times.  If there was ever an illusion that Scotland's voice was ever treated with respect, we can all agree, that illusion has now died.

The British establishment continues to show complete and utter contempt to the people of Scotland, and disregards the fact that Scotland has distinct interests.  They have tried to kill off Scotland the brand, by forcing companies to label Scottish produce with union flags.

Inflammatory language is often used to describe anyone who has the legitimate feeling that Scotland might be better off as a normal, independent country, like all the other countries in the world.  They call us separatists and nationalists for example.  The word separatist is such a negative word to describe something which is actually altogether positive - the idea that a country should stand tall, as an independent nation, and have the power to run it's own affairs, rather than have a foreign country do so.

Perhaps the UK Government's strategy now is to put Scotland down so much that we'll eventually fall into line, and do as we're told, know our place and eventually we'll not dare to mention the fact that we'd quite like to have our voices heard and respected.  Maybe the people of Scotland will eventually tire of feeling the need to be treated with respect and dignity?  Perhaps that is their hope?

I've got a feeling that 2018 was the last year that the people of Scotland were willing to be told what to do by a foreign government, and that the new year will bring about a fighting spirit that will lead us to independence.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay party celebrates Europe and invites the world to share the love

torch lit procession Edinburgh 2018

Scotland's capital city is preparing to celebrate Hogmanay, as tens of thousands of tourists flock to Edinburgh from all over the world to take part in the celebrations.

The Edinburgh street party is one of the biggest in the world, and this year's event will celebrate Scotland's relationship with Europe, as the UK prepares to leave the EU in March.

The vast majority of the people in Scotland voted to remain in the EU, so the theme represents the feeling of great loss that will be felt by millions of Scots who will lose their EU citizenship next year.  Hundreds of thousands of EU citizens who have made Scotland their home are worried about retaining their rights after Brexit.

According to the official material advertising the three day event, "Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrates Europe and invites the world to share the love, embrace friends – old and new – and come together in the home of Hogmanay."

The party will begin at 7.30pm and the main acts performing at the event include Gerry Cinnamon, Judge Jules and Franz Ferdinand, but many other acts will also perform to the massive crowds.

All who attend the street party will be given a 'wee dram' of Johnnie Walkers Scotch whisky to ring in the New Year, so it could get pretty messy in the capital later on.

Writers have taken part in a 'Love Letters to Europe' project, which will see letters projected onto buildings in Edinburgh between the 1st and the 25th January, leading us up to Burns Night.

Key dates as part of the celebrations are as follows...

Torchlight Procession: 30 December 7pm
Symphonic Ibiza: 30 December 8pm
Bairns Afore: 31 December 5pm
Candlelit Concert: 31 December 6pm
Street Party: 31 December 7.30pm
Silent Disco at the Street Party: 31 December from 7.30pm
Ceilidh under the Castle: 31 December 8.30pm
Concert in the Gardens: 31 December 9pm
Loony Dook: 1 January 12.30pm
First Footers Family Ceilidh: 1 January 12.30pm
Capercaillie and special guests: 1 January 4.30pm
Carlos Nunez and special guests: 1 January 8pm

Tickets to the street party are £31.00 each, and you can buy them by clicking this link here...

torch lit procession Edinburgh

Last night, thousands of people took to the streets of Edinburgh to take part in the annual torch lit procession, with a massive burning outline of Scotland created by torch bearers at the end of the march near the Scottish Parliament.

torch lit procession Edinburgh

Above: some more impressive images from last night's torch lit procession in Scotland's capital city.

We are witnessing the rebirth of a nation

Scottish independence

There are those in the unionist establishment who would have us believe that the desire for self determination in Scotland is simply a recent fad, and that it might simply evaporate with the passage of time.  In reality, this couldn't be further from the truth.

How far back you go through the pages of our history is up to you, but scratch beneath the surface and beyond the Daily Mail headlines, and you'll realise that the most recent Scottish independence movement is one that's been slowly brewing for the last 100 years or more.  In fact, even during the period when the Act of Union itself was signed, there was much protest against the union in the first place.

In our recent history, back in the early 1900s, a Scottish revolutionary called John Maclean inspired many thousands of Scots to back independence.

in April 1918, he was arrested for simply making a speech, and for being outspoken against the British state.  He was released in the November of the same year.

While in prison, Maclean took part in a hunger strike, but was force fed, which led to serious health problems, and his eventual death.  He collapsed while making a speech aged only 44.

In 1934, the Scottish National Party was formed.  By 1945, the SNP had began to campaign for a Scottish Parliament, but the independence movement didn't see significant growth until the 1960s.

Winnie Ewing would win the first seat for the Scottish National Party in 1967 in a Hamilton bi-election.

By the 1970s, serious consideration was being given to the idea of independence, when it was pointed out that Scotland's natural resources were being effectively drained by the UK Government.

in the October General Election of 1974, the SNP took 30% of the vote, and 11 seats out of 74 in the UK Parliament.

In 1979, the people of Scotland voted yes in the Devolution Referendum by 52%, but were denied devolution, because the Labour Government at the time decided to make the rules such that over 40% of the electorate would have to vote for it, for the referendum to be successful.

In 1989, the passage of the Claim of Right was another big moment in Scottish modern history.  The Claim of Right was signed by 58 of Scotland's 72 MPs at the time, 7 of Scotland's 8 MEPs and 59 and out of 65 of Scotland's councils as well as numerous political parties, churches, civic organisations and trade unions.  This new legislation meant that it would now legally be for the people of Scotland to decide their constitutional future.

It was the Claim of Right that led to Scotland's eventual devolution, and the opening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999.

The devolution referendum of 1997 produced a 74.29% yes result for the opening of the parliament and 63.5% voting for tax raising powers.

By the time David Cameron had agreed to legislate for the first independence referendum, support for independence was believed to be polling anywhere between 20%-30%.  It was widely believed that the UK Government expected to win the referendum by a landslide and had not expected such a close result.

Of course, we all know the result of that referendum.  However, what's sometimes forgotten, is that polls in the last few days of the referendum suggested that yes had taken the lead.  And then of course, we saw the the British Prime Minister begging the people of Scotland to stay in the union, and promising further devolution of powers to the Scottish Parliament in return for a no vote.  So the question had effectively changed from a yes/no question to - do you want independence, or will you settle for more devolution for now?

On the day of the referendum, the people of Scotland were presented with 'The Vow' which was signed by the leaders of all three of the main English political parties - the Lib Dems, Labour and the Conservatives.  'The Vow' is widely believed to have swung the vote in favour of the union.

Either way, the UK Government's last minute intervention was absolute proof that they knew the number was up - that Scotland was no longer content with the status quo.  The UK Government had been reduced to begging us to stay.  Those swayed by the promise of more powers were always going to demand more devolution eventually.  That time is rapidly approaching.

A couple of years after the independence referendum took place, along came the EU referendum.  52% of the UK as a whole voted to leave the European Union, while Scotland voted massively to remain (by 62% to 38%) and England had voted 54% to leave - a nightmare scenario for the British establishment, and for the union.

Polling for independence began to produce consistent yes results in the immediate aftermath of the Brexit vote, and as we approach Brexit day, polls are again producing yes results - with 53% saying they'll back independence in the event of Brexit, and 59% saying they'd back independence in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

The idea of Scotland regaining it's independence and taking control of her own affairs is not a new one.  This desire for self determination has been brewing for a hundred years or more.

The advent of the internet and social media has brought about a massive independence movement in Scotland, and one that is growing by the day.

The Scottish National Party has so many members now, that it outnumbers the 2nd largest party membership in Scotland by almost ten to one.  No other political party even comes close in terms of membership figures.  Labour and the Tories have less than 15,000 members each in Scotland.  The Green Party have 9,000.

UK wide, the SNP is now the 2nd largest party in terms of membership with a massive 125,000 members, and the third largest party in terms of seats in the Westminster parliament in London.

On the 6th of September in 2018, 100,000 Scots marched for independence, in the largest march of it's kind in history.  The march followed a season of successful marches, fronted by All Under One Banner - an organisation that plans to keep marching until Scotland achieves independence.  The numbers had got so big that the unusual decision was taken by Police Scotland NOT to release an official crowd estimate for the march - instead an estimate that was made at a council meeting prior to the event was released to the media.  When I contacted Police Scotland to ask why they had not released their official figure, they refused to respond - perhaps orders from above?

So many social media users are campaigning for Scottish independence nowadays, that mainstream media outlets in the UK are even accusing Russia of meddling in the Scottish independence debate, and have accused us campaigners of being robots.  (Last time I checked my circuit board, I was still human.)

When #DissolveTheUnion began to trend on Twitter, the media did their best to dismiss the movement by claiming that Twitter bots had been set up, and that the people using the hashtag were not even human.

When they accuse the SNP of being obessed with independence, they're talking about a million human beings - in the 2015 election, 1.4 million people voted for the SNP.  So when they say that the SNP won't shut up about independence, what they're actually saying is that Scotland won't shut up about independence.

We won't shut up, we won't go away and we won't back down, until we have what's rightfully ours - our right to self determination - our right to be a normal independent country.

This is a movement that has been brewing for a long time.  Scotland will be reborn as a proud, independent nation.

This is a movement that is growing in numbers by the day.  This movement will not end until Scotland declares independence, and I suspect even afterwards, it will mobilise in order to protect and defend that independence.

Scotland really could become the richest country on earth

Glasgow skyline

According to one of the world's most respected economists, Scotland could "not only survive on it's own, it could thrive on it's own."  You will not however hear any of this from mainstream media outlets in the UK, and I think it's pretty obvious why.

As pointed out by economists, change is not good for the establishment and it's also not good for corporations which rely on the status quo, so for quite obvious reasons, they'd quite like to keep things as they are.  It is therefore in the interest of the establishment to continue their onslaught of negative and biased unionist propaganda, in order to prevent Scotland from taking it's rightful place on the world stage.

Above, one of the world's most respected Irish economists David McWilliams explains why Scotland would thrive as an independent nation, and why the economic potential of Scotland is actually in a stranglehold while it remains a part of the UK.  McWilliams is well respected because he also correctly predicted the global financial crash of 2008.  Now of course, this was not reported in UK media, but on Irish news.  Interestingly, he also predicted in this video, that the Scottish independence vote would change Scotland's relationship with the UK Government forever.

An article in the Independent newspaper a couple of years ago, explained exactly why Scotland has all of the ingredients to become the world's richest country on a per capita basis.

It is no secret that in recent months, now that the perceived threat of Scottish independence is off the table, the media have openly admitted that Scottish oil is in fact a massive asset.  The oil is good for at least the next 50 years according to The Scotsman newspaper recently.  This is despite the fact that in 2014, Scots were told the oil could run out within a decade.  Actually, any time the issue of Scottish independence is discussed, the mainstream media immediately publish articles that downplay the value of Scottish assets.

Some mainstream media outlets like Channel 4 for example, even claimed that the oil and gas reserves are worth only £120 billion rather than the £1.5 trillion figure that was banded around by the independence campaign in 2014.

However, in the years since, BP have now openly admitted that Clair Ridge is a real project and have now started drilling - in 2014, Salmond was labelled a conspiracy theorist for discussing this project, which will be targeting 640 million barrels of oil according to BP.  So that low estimate perpetuated by mainstream media at the time of the first referendum was quite clearly a deliberate deception.

A BBC article recently valued Scots personal wealth at being worth over a trillion pounds.

Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England told a press conference before, that "the broadbrush assets of the Scottish financial sector" is worth at least "ten times GDP," and admits that to be "north of a trillion pounds sterling."  Currently, that equates to over £1.8 trillion.  Now, ask yourself why there have been no headlines about any of this in the British mainstream media?

So what is the secret to being the wealthiest country on earth on a per capita basis?  Well that's simple - have a lot of wealth, and share it with a relatively small population.

Let's look at the list of the world's wealthiest countries right now per capita, and it doesn't take a genius to immediately figure out that they all have a very small population like Scotland.  Actually, having a massive population is a bad thing economically per person.  Having a small population is therefore better.  So the whole argument that you could be "too small" to be independent is quite silly really.

Being a smaller country, means that there is more accountability and less opportunity for state corruption.  Being smaller also makes it easier for a nation to remain competitive and attractive to foreign investment and corporations.

It is widely believed that Scotland could easily implement the Irish model of reducing corporation tax slightly in order to attract huge American multinational corporations to set up home in Scotland, which would bring tens of billions of pounds into the Scottish economy, and would also provide excellent jobs with excellent pensions and benefits to thousands of workers who are currently undervalued in the UK's low wage economy.

Economists have pointed out that Scotland would have the ability to be even more competitive in this area, because our wages are so low compared to other countries.

Scotland already has a higher GDP Per Capita than France, Spain, New Zealand and Japan.  So if you're saying that Scotland isn't rich enough to be independent, then you're also saying the same about France, Spain, New Zealand and Japan, and that is frankly ridiculous.

Business For Scotland revealed once how the British Government deliberately mislead the public into thinking that Scotland couldn't survive by fudging the financial figures.

The British Government commissioned The McCrone Report, which was supposed to find that Scotland couldn't survive as an independent country, but much to the horror of the Government, it revealed the opposite was true, that Scotland would have been one of the richest countries on earth by now, with one of the world's strongest currencies.  The British Government then buried the information for 30 years, because they feared that if the people of Scotland knew the true economic potential, that they'd immediately demand independence.

A Forbes article actually concluded that the British Government have been deliberately misleading the people of Scotland for decades in order to keep Scotland under control.

Any sane human being would conclude that the British Government will do and say anything to protect Scotland's place in the union, in order to protect the UK's place as one of the world's biggest economies.

Given that the Scottish economy represents roughly 10% of the UK economy as a whole - losing Scotland would mean a massive hit to UK GDP, and the UK would immediately fall a few places in the world rankings.  When you really think about it, it's the UK that has everything to lose, and Scotland has everything to gain.

Scotland vs UK assets

As you can see by studying the table above, the UK would lose the vast majority of it's assets if it were to lose Scotland.  The UK would lose oil reserves, gas reserves, hydro power, farmland, sea area, forestry, fishing waters, tourism income, export income etc.

Scotland is simply put, an asset to the UK Government.  Scotland is the UK's greatest asset in fact - the jewel in the crown of their Empire.  The question is, just how much longer will they manage to hold onto this prized asset?

Scotland is a rich country, with trillions of pounds worth of natural assets, trillions of pounds worth of personal wealth, and a finance sector worth trillions of pounds - so of course, it makes sense that they don't want to lose us.

On a per capita basis, it is perfectly true that Scotland could potentially become the richest country on earth in the aftermath of independence.  But there's absolutely zero chance of that happening while Scotland remains a part of the United Kingdom.

UK economy to be overtaken by India and France within a year

UK economy

Economic growth is due to be so badly hampered by Brexit, that the economy of France will overtake the UK's within a year.

India is due to become the world's 5th largest economy next year, and France will take 6th place, beating the UK into 7th position according to the IMF.  But India had already been predicted to outpace the UK no matter the resulting fallout from Brexit.

As reported by Forbes recently, economic growth in India has never slowed in a century, and has grown around 7% a year since Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party took office.

India was blighted by poverty when their economy was devastated by British rule.  Poverty levels were as high as 70% when the British pulled out of India.  70 years later, the poverty level is now 22% according to the Indian Government.

And today, the Daily Mail reports that France will overtake the British economy shortly afterwards.

However, the Centre for Economics and Business Research actually predicts that the UK economy will recover after Brexit in the longer term, and they say that even if they lose Scotland and Northern Ireland, they will overtake France again by 2026.

At present, the United States remains the largest economy in the world, but China is looking to overtake the US by 2032 according to the CEBR.

All forms of Brexit are predicted to be harmful for the British economy, and potentially devastating, at least in the short term.  But the worst case scanario, according to economists, would be for the UK to crash out of the EU without a deal. predicts that this outcome could potentially destroy the economy in the short term.

According to a report in the BBC, economic growth in Scotland will be "subdued" if it remains a part of the United Kingdom.  They also predict that wages will fall in real terms, and that growth will fail to exceed 1% by 2023, which in economic terms, is essentially 'growth recession.'

In the short term, losing Scotland would mean a £200 billion hit to UK GDP.

While not being independent, Scotland sadly remains too risky to attract significant foreign investment, or to compete with the likes of Ireland to attract huge multinational companies that could potentially bring tens of billions of pounds into the Scottish economy, as corporation tax rates are controlled by London.

The voice of a nation, silenced by a foreign government

Scotland silenced by Westminster

The sad truth of the matter is that under the current political system in the United Kingdom, the voice of the Scottish nation has been silenced for over 300 years by the Act of Union.

Even if every single person in Scotland voted for the same party on a single issue, and all 59 Scottish MPs took that issue to the Westminster Parliament in London - the will of an entire country could then be vetoed by the 533 MPs that represent England.  473 English MPs could stay at home, only 60 would be needed to defeat any Scottish motion.

There are more MPs in London than there are in the whole of Scotland.  There are 73 in London - so even the city of London has a bigger voice in Parliament than the entire country of Scotland.

Scotland is ruled by a foreign government - that was not elected by the people of Scotland.  Any legislation passed in that Parliament then goes to an unelected House of Lords, and is then signed off by an unelected, hereditary Head of State - currently Queen Elizabeth II.

It's time we in Scotland came to accept an uncomfortable truth - the people of Scotland have absolutely zero authority over our own affairs - all authority lies with a government we didn't elect, Lords and Ladies we didn't elect and ultimately, and perhaps most bizarrely, with Kings and Queens we surely didn't elect.

It's time we had a good think about who's running our country, and it's time we realised that while we are within a political union that effectively hands all authority over Scottish affairs to a foreign government, we will never be able to build the kind of country we want to build.

Scotland has a parliament building, that has no authority over constitutional matters.  Our Parliament's authority has been overruled by Westminster on countless occasions, and more worryingly, our legal system has been overruled by London.  This is no longer a political union.  This is a dictatorship.

I recently visited the Scottish Parliament and I was struck by the words told to me by a lady who welcomed us into the Parliament.  She told me "this is your Parliament - it's owned by the people of Scotland."  It got me thinking, that Westminster Palace is legally owned by the Queen - and that the Scottish Parliament is owned by the people of Scotland - and made me realise, that's what makes us different.

If Scotland were independent, we'd be a democracy, where the voice of somebody on the Shetland Isles would be just as important as the voice of someone in Glasgow or Edinburgh.

The United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy, and not a democracy.  Scotland would be a democracy, where laws would be passed by Parliamentarians, not by Lords and Ladies or Kings and Queens.

Isn't it time that the people of Scotland got some self respect, and got up off their knees, and stopped begging to be heard by an ancient British establishment that will never respect us?

Isn't it time we started to value the voices of the people in our own country over the voices of an elitist system in a foreign country when it comes to the most important things that affects Scottish society?

Isn't it time we realised that instead of obeying the desires of the representatives of London, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Liverpool, that we should actually value the voices of those living in Glasgow, Lanark, Edinburgh, Renfrew, Ayr, Fife, Stirling, Aberdeen, Dundee, Dunbarton, Perth, Midlothian, Angus, West Lothian, Dumfries, Inverness, Argyle, Ross and Cromarty, East Lothian, Banff, Moray, Roxburgh, Clackmannan, Wigtown, Kirkudbright, Kincardine, Berwick, Caithness, Selkirk, Orkney, Shetland, Bute, Peebles, Sutherland, Nairn and Kinross?

YES, you CAN still be British after independence

Scottish and British

"Will I still be British after Scotland becomes independent?"  That's a question that was no doubt asked or thought about by at least a million people during the first Scottish independence campaign in 2014 - and sadly, I feel that identity is an issue that was not really thought about by the yes campaign, and that the issue was not addressed properly.

I don't know about anyone else, but my vision of an independent Scotland is one that's about self determination, and yes, pride in Scottish culture and heritage comes into that, of course it does - but my vision of an independent Scotland is one in which everyone is welcome, and one that people who identify as British not only feel welcome, but feel embraced, and are safe in the knowledge that their right to their identity is not only protected, but defended.

If folk in Scotland truly want independence, they'll find a way to unite the country behind that cause.

Bigotry, small mindedness, and an unwillingness to compromise will NOT unite people, it will DIVIDE us.

Trying to force and unwanted identity upon someone, or choosing to openly disrespect their identity, is harmful to our cause.  We need to seek it out, point it out and weed it out.  It is bigotry and nothing less.

Do we really want to live in an independent Scotland if is not open to all?  I certainly wouldn't.

We can achieve independence by leaving the door open to all who live here, especially such a massive section of society, our family members, neighbours, friends and colleagues who identify as British.

Of course, many people in Scotland feel disassociated from this identity, for one reason or another.  But it must be accepted that geographically speaking, Scotland will always be in the landmass known as the British Isles, and so the people in Scotland who feel or identify as British have the absolute right to do so.

The British Isles

It saddens me that there is evidently quite a large proportion of people within the yes movement who cannot get past the fact that if they want independence, they must be willing to leave the door open for the millions or more people in this country who feel at least somewhat British.

To seek to undermine someone's identity by making stupid and foolish statements such as 'British isn't a nationality' or 'Britain isn't a country' and all that nonsense - please tell me how that's going to get people to warm to your position?

There's a book from the early 1900s called 'How to Win Friends and Influence People' - perhaps some people need to get themselves a copy.

Why do we want independence? I think it's because we want self determination.

I think it's because we want to break free of a ruling elite based around Westminster that has got so badly crooked and set in it's ways that there is no possible way of changing it for the better.

I think it's because smaller government is much more accountable on a local level, both socially and financially.

I think it's because our priorities will be different, and that we will live in a fairer and more open society.

So is being British compatible with that desire?  Yes, of course.

There are of course 500,000 English born citizens living here in Scotland.  There are also Scottish people who identify as both Scottish and British, and their right to do so must be protected.

It is sad to see that there are some people in Scotland who have been taken in, hook, line and sinker by the divide and conquer agenda that has blighted society for centuries.

People have fought wars over identity.  People are willing to lay their lives on the line to protect their identity, so the idea that someone's identity will change, or that they will suddenly change their entire belief system because Scotland becomes independent is frankly ridiculous, and actually quite sad.

Whether you personally feel Scottish, British, or a mixture of the two is irrelevant.  The point I am making here is that if we truly wish to see Scotland finally achieve self determination, we have to be willing to compromise, as a yes movement.

We must be able to absolutely destroy the argument perpetuated by mainstream media that we are anti British.  Destroy that argument by saying to people that our vision of an independent Scotland will NOT seek to threaten anybody's identity.

We must present a vision of a Scotland that EMBRACES our neighbours, colleagues, friends and family members who feel British.  We must open the door to them, and perhaps then, we will be able to convince them of the arguments for independence.

If we go into the next campaign for independence and take the issue of identity seriously, then we can address that awful stigma that was attached to the yes movement last time around.  

We CANNOT bury our heads in the sand.  If we do, we do so at our peril.

It's time to challenge anti British bigotry head on.  It's time to say, if you feel British, Scottish independence will NOT threaten that identity, but that we, as a country will do all we can to protect and preserve your absolute right to identity as British, and to respect the fact that you have that right to do so.

It's time to speak out against anti British bigotry whenever it rears it's ugly head.

Whilst it is understandable that people may have a problem with the British Government, this is about the system, not the people and not individuals.

We must be careful about the language that we use when we are talking about independence and we must leave the door open firstly to those who feel British, and secondly to those who may warm to the idea of independence but are sadly put off by this perceived anti British bigotry.

There are many great arguments for independence, and one of the main arguments against it last time was that we would somehow be leaving a 'family of nations' - it's time to present the argument that by offering true devolution through independence, does not mean that we cannot continue to be a family of nations.  In fact, quite the opposite is true - we can be a closer family of nations, and we can actually get on much better with full fiscal autonomy, meaning more local accountability for all.

It's time to learn lessons. For many reasons, the independence campaign didn't quite convince enough people last time around.  If we are to walk blindly into the next campaign without addressing the important issue of identity, I do fear that we may close the door on at least a million people who seek reassurance on this matter.

David Cameron's last speech for the no campaign last time around used the issue of identity to his advantage.  He called us a family of nations and insinuated that we would no longer be a family of nations after independence.  It is clearly the fault of the yes campaign that we never addressed this issue, and made the case that we would be a stronger family of nations after independence, because we would have true devolution through independence and more trust in a smaller and more locally accountable government.

Theresa May has often uttered the phrase "we may be leaving the EU but we're not leaving Europe" and while I may not be her biggest fan, she had a point - she was addressing the identity issue.  Perhaps we should be saying to those people who feel British "we may be leaving the UK, but we're not leaving Britain.  Yes, we will be an independent country, but no, your identity will absolutely not be under threat."

"Will I still be British after independence" some may ask.  Time for us to say, "yes, we will protect and defend your right to feel British and we do not seek to threaten that identity that is so very important to you."

Time for us to address bigotry, tackle it head on and learn from one of the biggest mistakes of the last campaign - ignoring the extremely important issue of identity.  If we continue to do so, we do so at our peril.  Time to be the change we want to see in the world, in every sense of the word.

Here's why England urgently needs independence

I decided to compile a list of reasons why England would thrive as an independent country, and how independence would benefit the people of England and the English economy as a whole.

I was born in Scotland, but I have an English mother, and so half of my family are from the north of England. And I do believe there are compelling reasons as to why the working class majority in England could find themselves better off, with true independence for the four nations that make up the United Kingdom.

There is of course an English independence movement already, but for some reason, it has yet to capture the imagination of the people of England. Perhaps now is the time that this issue should be discussed, as it would clear up a lot of issues that are affecting us right now.

Here's my top ten reasons why England urgently needs independence.

1. More accountability on a local level, so more focus on England's dying towns and cities, so often ignored because of too much focus on dealing with UK wide matters.

2. Get the government England votes for every time - no more having other parts of the UK becoming kingmakers in General elections. Take back control of English affairs, without interference from devolved nations.

3. No interference from other parts of the UK in England's constitutional matters. Other regions of the UK can sway referendums or public opinion, and leave England with constitutional changes that it doesn't want.

4. A chance to regain England's cultural identity, which has been sidelined by the UK Government's obsession with UK branding, resulting in English produce not being branded as English.

5 Stop paying to run devolved parliaments. Currently people in England are paying towards the running costs of 4 different governments, the Westminster parliament, the Scottish parliament, the Welsh Assembly, and the Northern Irish assembly and paying the wages of local politicians in other devolved nations, as well as the UK wide MPs.  The massive savings that could be made can be spent on the NHS or increasing the state pension.

6. A focus on local English issues, means less time taken up discussing the affairs of the devolved nations, which already have their own parliaments anyway. This means a clearer focus on issues affecting England, and English towns and cities.

7. Smaller government means more accountability, meaning England's MPs will be held to account more for their actions on a local level, and will result in fairer social policy.

8. Save a lot of time and energy which is wasted discussing issues such as united Ireland, independence movements in Scotland and Wales - valuable time that could be used to discuss rebuilding a better, stronger England.  The money spent on funding referendums on these matters costs England a lot of wasted time and energy and money.  It would also allow those devolved nations the opportunity to focus entirely on their own affairs, and we would all benefit as a result.

9. A chance for England to take it's place on the world stage with it's own identity, and a potential tourism boom as a result.

10. A clearer focus on making the whole of England a successful, strong economy and a better place to live with better social policy, decided on a local level - and removing all of the focus from just London. Lots of government buildings and government jobs that are displaced around the United Kingdom will have to set up home in England, meaning a government jobs boom for English cities.

So that's my top ten reasons why England should become an independent country, but of course, there are probably hundreds more reasons that I haven't listed.

Breaking up is hard to do, but sometimes it's for the best. Brexit has made it clear that different parts of the UK want different things, and very often, parts of the UK have massive constitutional changes forced upon them against their will - such as Northern Ireland politicians becoming king makers in the last general election, which resulted in chaotic governance for every nation around the UK.

It's time that everyone in the UK realised, firstly that the political system in the UK has become such a mess that we need radical reform, and that true devolution through independence is the only way that we can localise issues and save time and energy trying to get involved in each other's affairs.

Did England's racism problem cause Brexit?

Tommy Robinson and his supporters

England's far right movement seems to have stalled lately, at least politically - but don't let that fool you.  The rising tide of the far right movement in England is beginning to dominate British politics - Brexit is all the proof you need.

At the 2016 Brexit referendum - 53.4% of English voters voted to leave the European Union.  52.5% of Wales voted to leave.  In Northern Ireland, only 44.2% voted leave, and in Scotland, only 38% voted leave.

A recent study in the UK has shown that Englishness makes you more likely to be racist.  One side of my family is from Yorkshire, and I can confirm having spent time down there, that England does in fact have a serious problem with racism.

Stephen Yaxley-Lennon AKA Tommy Robinson, has become the face of England's populist fascism.

Robinson has recently been recruited into UKIP - the political party seen as responsible for causing Brexit.  However, since his recruitment into the party, UKIP politicians have been leaving the party in their droves.

Former party leader Nigel Farage, former leader Paul Nuttall, former leadership candidate Suzanne Evans, MEP Patrick O'Flynn, Scottish leader David Coburn and Welsh MEP Nathan Gill have all left the party in recent times and have blamed party leader Gerard Batten for associating itself with the likes of Robinson and his supporters.

Now of course, the irony of UKIP politicians complaining that their party has become too extreme is quite amusing.  Farage said recently, that if Brexit wasn't delivered, he would "don khaki, pick up a rifle and head for the front lines" so it's a bit rich coming from him that the party has become a tad extreme.  And Scottish MEP David Coburn once compared SNP justice minister Humza Yousef to convicted terrorist Abu Hamza - simply because he is Muslim.

So the party that has modeled itself on being anti immigrant and anti Islam, is now complaining that they have become too anti Islam by recruiting Tommy Robinson?  Right.  Sure.

Now UKIP only got 1.8% of the vote at the snap election in the UK, but they only received 0.2% of the vote in Scotland.  But at the snap election, both Labour and the Tories promised to deliver Brexit and end free movement - effectively killing off any chance for UKIP to eat into the establishment vote.

At the 2015 General Election, UKIP received 12.6% of the UK wide vote and a massive 3.8 million votes, but only 1.6% of the vote in Scotland and just 47,000 votes.

So why did UKIP lose so many votes at the snap election?  Well of course, UKIP would appear to have achieved their main policy of taking the UK out of the European Union, and with both Labour and the Tories committing to end free movement, the UKIP vote appears to have been split to benefit both establishment parties.

But don't be fooled if you think UKIP are finished.  UKIP's lean further to the right in recent months has seen a surge in membership figures.  The Britain First crowd, the English Defence League types and the National Front folks now have somewhere to go.

There is also the chance now emerging that the UK will end up staying in the single market - there are murmurs of delivering something along the lines of 'the Norway model' or 'Brexit lite' as I like to call it, and that means keeping freedom of movement.  If that happens, that's when the likes of UKIP will once again have the opportunity to rise.

Now the question is, where do all the ex UKIP leaders and MEPs go from here?  Do they aim to create a new party that can be a little bit more subtle about their racism and hatred of immigrants?  Probably.

Ironically it's the UK's obsession with austerity and inflicting extreme poverty on great sections of society that has probably caused this surge to the right.  Austerity generally leads to extreme political movements coming to the fore.  It has been noted by the UN that poverty and racism are linked.

So the big danger in a post Brexit scenario, is that the potential financial crash that's just around the corner could actually invigorate the far right movements in England, who will benefit from the votes of the working class people who are squeezed further and further into poverty.

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn, far from alienating the far right, have embraced the movement for political gain.  They constantly repeat the mantra "we'll end free movement for once and for all" - in a blatant attempt to appease the millions of racists in England who see Brexit as an opportunity to rid the country of immigrants.

UKIP attempted to play the clever game of pretending not to be racist, while promoting their racist policies, and so gave the more moderate racists a place to vote.  However the lean to the right with the inclusion of Robinson and his supporters has of course made this racism more blatant.  Robinson's supporters regularly perform the Nazi salute at his rallies.

The ones we should really be looking out for right now, are not Robinson and his cronies - they will always appear too extreme to be taken seriously.  The vast majority of England's racists will never attend a Tommy Robinson rally and will never raise a Nazi salute.

No, the ones we have to keep an eye on are the likes of Nigel Farage and Paul Nuttall - they are the ones who represent England's more down played racist under current - the millions of English who utter phrases such as "I'm not racist but..."

Where they go from here is anybody's guess, but I'll make that prediction right now - it will be another party modeling itself on UKIP - and will no doubt be called something similar, such as 'leave means leave' or 'Brexit means Brexit' or something silly like that.

The English establishment are terrified of the far right movement gaining ground - which is exactly why they have attempted to appease the growing anti immigrant movement rather than fight it and maintain the moral high ground.

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn are both very aware that if they alienate this significant share of the vote, it could make or break their chances of becoming the largest party at the next election.

Should Brexit be stopped, or should a Brexit lite be delivered - which doesn't end free movement - the far right will abandon the establishment parties once again in their millions.  The establishment are well aware that these movements, once they gain momentum, can achieve great results in elections.  Many European countries are currently battling against similar movements.

Of course none of this helps Scotland.  Brexit is bad for Scotland in every way shape and form.

The single, most harmful element of Brexit to Scotland is of course the ending of freedom of movement, which will harm the Scottish economy massively.

Scotland has struggled to maintain it's small population, never mind achieve growth.  Our population has hardly grown in 100 years, where as the population of independent Ireland has doubled during the same period.

Scotland's only route out of this mess, it would appear, is to separate itself from England altogether by dissolving the Act of Union at the first available opportunity.

This is England's problem, not ours - but for as long as we remain tied to the union, sadly, our country will be bogged down in England's mess, and the British establishment's struggle to fight against the far right.

If I were to highlight three words to sum up how Scotland can escape from the political chaos that is modern Britain, those three words would simply be - independence, independence, independence.

Independence has now become the safe option

Scottish independence

In the news today, we have learned that Brexit could send Scotland into a deep recession according to a leading economist.  It is now quite clear that if Scotland remains a part of the United Kingdom, we are choosing chaos, blunder and uncertainty.

Mark Gregory, from accountancy company EY has warned that economic growth will begin to slow down next year, and has warned that depending on how Brexit plays out - that Scotland could face falling into a deep recession.

I'm sure that there are many millions of working class people around the country asking the question, 'can things really get any worse?' And the answer sadly is yes, things can get a lot worse than they are right now.

Make no mistake about it, in the event of a disorderly Brexit, which now appears more likely - house prices will tumble, grocery prices will rise, businesses will close, thousands will lose their jobs and companies will relocate to EU countries.

The austerity measures that have been implemented by the British Government in recent years will seem tame in comparison to what might be just around the corner.

It still amuses me when I hear people ask 'do you think Brexit will actually happen?'

You can't hold a referendum and then not deliver the result.  All or any shred of trust that people still have left in the government would be burned to a cinders if they failed to deliver what the majority of the country voted for.

A referendum is a lot more serious than party policy - the result must be respected and the outcome must be delivered.

At the snap election, about 85% of votes went to parties that promised to deliver the result of the Brexit referendum - an even higher endorsement of Brexit, so the consequences of not delivering that could be disastrous.

In my mind, there are a few possible outcomes in the coming months, and that's either a no deal Brexit, the outside chance of some kind of fudged deal passing through parliament, or an extension of article 50 - either way it's guaranteed that we're in for more economic uncertainty, more austerity and more chaos.

The Norway option is now completely off the table it would appear, as Norwegian politicians suggest that they would veto any UK attempt to rejoin the EFTA.  This option was previously seen as a viable compromise, but it's looking increasingly more unlikely.

In the event that the government collapsed and a general election was called, judging by recent polls, the Tories could probably still be in power afterwards and could even end up with a majority.

Even in the event that Labour got back in, Jeremy Corbyn is quite clear that his first preference is to deliver Brexit, and to do so in such a manner that is the least damaging, but whilst still ending freedom of movement, which means no single market membership.  Leaving the single market is a car crash waiting to happen for the Scottish economy.

Corbyn says he hasn't ruled out a People's Vote - but he knows he could never deliver this.  If he did, he would become the number one enemy of the people England who voted to leave the EU.  Corbyn wouldn't do this for the same reason that May would never re run the referendum - it would be seen as a betrayal of democracy.

Even if there was a 2nd EU referendum, it would still mean many more years of uncertainty and the continued massive damage to the economy that this process has already achieved.  There is also the possibility that we'd get the same result, or still have quite a close result with remain edging a victory, and the country would be more divided than ever before.

There really is no easy way out of the current predicament for the British Government.

Then there's the fact that Scotland voted almost 2 to 1 to remain in the EU.  Support for remaining in the EU has actually increased in Scotland since the EU referendum according to the polls, and it is clear to everyone in Scotland that the will of the Scottish nation has been cast aside, and that whatever England wants, England gets.

The rise of the far right in England led to Brexit, and it was arguably inevitable.  Rather than try to challenge the far right movement - both the Tories and Labour have decided to use it to their electoral advantage.

Both May and Corbyn are heard regularly promising to "end free movement for once and for all" in a bid to appease the rising far right, fascist tendencies of the English electorate.  They have chosen to embrace these fascist tendencies rather than maintain the moral high ground, rather than openly rejecting England's rampant racism - they've used it for political gain.

The rise of the far right in England will of course perhaps lead to even more conservative governments than we have now, and may even lead to a far right fascist government running the UK in the coming years, depending on how Brexit pans out.  There is a fair chance that England will choose to abandon the main parties for a new far right party.

In the midst of England's political identity crisis, Scotland is proving it's worth as a forward thinking, rational, progressive nation, at the forefront of innovation, leading the world with green energy commitments, and proving that we'd have progressive social policies if we had the chance to control our own affairs.

An independent Scotland, being a smaller country would be free to choose the Norway model and join the EFTA, or join the EU as a full member - we'd be able to make that choice for ourselves without having these important constitutional decisions made on our behalf.

It would appear that the UK is heading for many years of economic uncertainty, political chaos and is potentially even heading towards a period of great civil unrest.

Scotland has a get out clause.  If ever there was a time that Scotland should be considering the benefits of choosing a more secure future, by taking control of our own affairs, that time has well and truly arrived.

Paying attention to the news today, we are warned of food and medicine shortages, business closures, job losses, we watch sound bites of a Prime Minister and an opposition leader appeasing far right, racists in England by promising to "end free movement."  What a depressing state of affairs.

Scotland is more progressive, more forward thinking.  Scotland has a finance sector worth over a trillion pounds, North Sea oil and gas reserves worth over a trillion pounds, personal wealth of over a trillion pounds.  Scotland has more tax revenue than Ireland - and Ireland is doing very well, and is projected to achieve 4.8% GDP growth next year!

The question is no longer 'should we take a risk with independence?'

The question is now, 'should we really take the risk of remaining a part of a United Kingdom?'

It's time to make the educated and rational choice to separate ourselves from the chaotic shambles that is the 'union' and for us to finally allow Scotland to join the likes of Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Ireland and to take pride of place on the world stage as a normal, successful independent country.

Opposition parties threaten to overthrow the government

Contempt of Parliament vote

It has been an entertaining week in UK politics.  This week, the sitting Tory government became the first in history to be held in contempt of Parliament - after refusing to release the Attorney General's full legal advice on Theresa May's Brexit deal.

Tories were warned repeatedly by opposition parties to release the documents, but they continually refused, despite a majority of the house previously voting in favour of the advice being released.

MPs voted 311 to 293 to find the Government in contempt.

The Tories have backed down, and have announced that they will now release the paper work to the house.

It would appear that the opposition have asserted themselves at long last, in order to attempt to take control of this outrageous situation and have given the Tories the bloody nose that they've long deserved throughout this shambolic process.

Amidst this chaotic circus - as Ian Blackford MP, Westminster leader for the SNP stood to deliver his speech - the vast majority of Tory and Labour MPs stood up and left the house.  Are we surprised?

SNP speak in the House of Commons debate

Pictured above - a Twitter user noted the utter contempt for Scotland's position during the Brexit deal negotiations, when Labour and Tory MPs evacuated the house as soon as the SNP members began to speak.

Theresa May's Brexit deal will no doubt be torn to pieces, when the full legal advice has been handed to the opposition benches this week in the House of Commons.

And next week, the Government is fully expected to fall flat on it's face on the 11th, when it will surely lose the meaningful vote, and quite possibly by a rather large number.

The opposition parties have been completely united in opposing Theresa May's Brexit deal.  She has lost the support of the DUP in many key votes, and has even lost control of her party.

Labour's shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer has confirmed that Labour will now seek to hold a vote of no confidence in the Government when May loses the meaningful vote.  However, they may wait to see how the Government reacts before making their move.

Until today, it's doubtful that the Tories would have taken the threat of a no confidence motion seriously.  But these are extraordinary times.

But it's not looking good for May because the DUP will hold the deciding vote.  They warned yesterday that they would no longer 'feel obliged' to support her, given the most recent betrayal - the special treatment for Northern Ireland, which the DUP see as a threat to 'the integrity of the United Kingdom.'

And quite rightly, the SNP are keen to point out that the special treatment for Northern Ireland is a betrayal of the 62% in Scotland who voted to remain in the EU.

If the Government loses a motion of no confidence, they have 14 days to try to form a new government.  May would have the first opportunity to do this, and if she fails, a new Tory leader would be appointed.  The new leader could then try to get the DUP back on side.  If not, then it's another General Election.

But this is not the only trouble that May faces - Tory back benchers are also plotting a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister.  And with the very real threat of the opposition's no confidence motion, Tory back benchers may wish to get their challenge in first before the opposition have the chance to do so.

Don't get your hopes up - but there is the slightest chance that Theresa May's Tory Government could collapse within weeks.

Where does this leave Scotland?  Your guess is as good as mine.

Theresa May is the Prime Minister who broke the union

Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon

By insisting that she secures her place in history as the Prime Minister who took the UK out of the European Union - Theresa May has also secured another accolade - she is the Prime Minister who lost Scotland.

She lost Scotland when she pressed ahead with Brexit, despite 62% of Scottish voters rejecting this whilst completely disregarding Scotland's position or offering a single shred of compromise.  Whether you're for or against the European Union, you should still be outraged that the supposedly sovereign will of an entire country can be cast aside in such a callous manner.

The Scottish National Party have now confirmed on the official party website, that the Prime Minister cannot stop Scotland from holding an independence referendum.

Legally they are entirely correct.  Scotland is very unique in that the people of Scotland are regarded as completely sovereign - due to a legal act of Parliament known as the 'Claim of Right 1989.'  This act gives absolute sovereignty to the people of Scotland and recognises it in law.  In the summer of this year, the act was again recognised by the current British administration.

Senior SNP officials have now suggested that if Theresa May attempts to block a legal referendum on independence, that the Scottish National Party will go into the next General Election or Scottish Parliament election asking the people of Scotland for a mandate to enter negotiations with the British Government to deliver independence.

A recent poll by Scotland in Union / Survation, showed that only 35% of Scots were against the idea of holding another independence referendum, meaning that up to 65% of the country are at least open to the idea of Scottish independence in the right circumstances - a massive blow to the unionists.

There are polls asking how Scots would vote after Brexit that have shown a 52% yes result - and that's before an independence campaign has even begun.  Polls had independence support as high as 59% in the immediate aftermath of the Brexit vote - and so it can be safely concluded that a similar aftershock may be felt in the immediate aftermath of Brexit being delivered on the 29th of March 2018 - all while completely ignoring the wishes and desires of the Scottish electorate.

There is not a cat's chance in hell of the people of Scotland standing by and allowing a British Prime Minister to inflict such massively damaging constitutional change upon our nation, especially when it goes against the will of the vast majority of our citizens.

Theresa May's arrogance about the Scottish position, and her complete denial that Scotland has distinctive interests has led to this situation.

It can now be concluded that Theresa May is the Prime Minister responsible for placing the final nail in the coffin of the United Kingdom.

Carry on Mrs May - you are now 'Scottish Independence Campaigner of the Year 2018' and you can wear that badge with pride.  By breaking up this so called 'union' with such disregard for Scotland, you are pushing us closer to a united Ireland, and you are doing the world a huge favour.

Now that the Empire is all but over, perhaps you can write a list of countries that you should apologise to for crimes against humanity.  You can start with Scotland and go from there.

Scotland's hidden trillions

Scottish money

It's time to dispel the myth that Scotland is a poor country. Scotland is an incredibly rich country - worth trillions of pounds. If we were some poor, destitute colony, do you really think we'd have to put up such a fight for independence?  Do you really think there would be such a war for people's minds? If we were a burden, would they have been on their knees begging us to stay? Of course not.

As reported this year by the BBC, Scottish personal wealth alone is worth over a trillion pounds.

And Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England admitted (very sheepishly) during an interview with the BBC that the assets of the Scottish finance sector are worth "ten times GDP" or "north of a trillion." However, ten times GDP would currently equate to £1.85 trillion.

Carney also recently said that the UK finance sector would DOUBLE within the next 25 years - which means the Scottish finance sector could eventually be worth over £3 trillion pounds according to Carney's estimates.

And then of course, there's the issue of Clair Ridge, a new North Sea oil project targeting 640 million barrels of oil.  Anyone mentioning this project in 2014 was labeled a conspiracy theorist.  Now it's fully out in the open.  

Bloomberg recently noted that Clair Ridge would DOUBLE North Sea oil output.  The article notes that output would increase to 200,000 barrels of oil a day by 2020.

At minimum estimates, not counting for future oil price rises, the North Sea oil and gas reserves are now believed to be worth at least £1.5 trillion pounds.  

And then there's the renewable energy, set to become much more important in the future, and already generating billions for the economy.

Business for Scotland have shown us previously how clever accounting hides the true value of the Scottish economy, in order to try to deliberately mislead Scots - in an article which completely ripped the subsidy myth to shreds. 

The McCrone Report, was a British Government report designed to prove that Scotland wouldn't be wealthy enough to survive independence, but to the horror of the British Government, McCrone concluded that Scotland would in fact be a rich and successful independent country, and noted that the Scottish currency would now have been one of the strongest in the world.  Of course, the British Government then buried the report until it was leaked 30 years later.

Scotland would be successful David Cameron

Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron noted previously that "It would be wrong to suggest that Scotland could not be another such successful, independent country."  Isn't it amazing, that even the head guy from the Better Together campaign openly admitted Scotland would a successful country, but we're still here, allowing ourselves to be completely shafted?

Scotland is a rich and wealthy nation, with vast amounts of wealth, a lot of land and a massive sea area.  We have the potential to be one of the richest countries on earth in terms of GDP per capita.

Of course, the UK Government are absolutely terrified of losing their most prized asset, that being Scotland of course - an article in the Telegraph noted that UK GDP would take a 10% hit if they lost Scotland.

Of the richest nations on earth, in terms of GDP per capita, the top 10 is entirely small countries, or countries with small populations.

In terms of GDP per capita, Scotland is richer than France, Japan, New Zealand, Spain and Italy - and to think, that's while our economy is in a strangle hold, under British rule.  Imagine how high we can climb in those tables when we're no longer a secondary state within a state?  Imagine when we can decide our own corporation tax rates to attract multinational companies, and when we can finally attract significant foreign investment?  'The union' is costing Scotland dearly.

Should we take the gamble of remaining under British rule?  Or should we make the sensible, well thought out, educated decision to take matters into our own hands?