Do you remember, not so long ago, the joy with which the No side sneered at the prospect of an independent Scotland being given the thumbs down by the credit agencies? No AAA status for this small nation state, no Sir, better to shelter under the brilliant economic management of the Brown/Balls/Darling Labour era and the present magnificently successful stewardship of George Osborne that now sees UK debt heading towards £1.2 trillion, with £1.5 trillion likely by 2017.
Electricity is central to modern life. It is a prime responsibility of Government to ensure that domestic and industrial customers have a reliable and environmentally clean electricity supply, produced at the cheapest possible cost.
In a devastating critique of UK energy policy, Options for Scotland warn that urgent action would need to be taken by an incoming Scottish government to halt the huge expansion of energy capacity, especially offshore wind which would produce intermittent power for which there would be no market. The bill for this would fall on consumers and accelerate fuel poverty.
I wonder what my mother’s brother, my uncle Jimmy, would think of things now. He went into a POW camp after the 51st. Highland Division was forced to surrender at St. Valery in June 1940. He never came back. Lots of Scottish uncle Jimmys never came back. Their graves are to be found all over Europe – the Europe we are told will reject us if we vote for our independence.