Following upon publication of the paper on Electricity Generating Options for an Independent Scotland, Options for Scotland Director, Gordon Wilson had a meeting today in Edinburgh with representatives of the Scientific Alliance.
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.
So far, the debate in the Independence referendum has been poor. The YES campaign has been passive, merely soaking up punishment The No Campaign has been more active but unrelentingly negative.
Following upon an initiative in November 2012 when Gordon Wilson and Jim Sillars raised the option of EFTA (The European Free Trade Association) as a solution to the wrangling over whether Scotland would be admitted to membership of the European Union, Gordon Wilson, former Chairman (Leader) of the Scottish National Party today announced the setting up of a referendum discussion unit OPTIONS FOR SCOTLAND intended to highlight constructive options open to Scotland with independence.
Statement by Gordon Wilson, past leader of the SNP, and Jim Sillars, former deputy leader of the SNP.
This statement is issued because of our concern that the Scottish Government, and through it, the Yes side, has had difficulties over the question of Scotland and Europe –something that must be resolved quickly given its importance to Scottish business and the people who work for it.