I was torn between using the above quote from 14th March, for my headline, from the mainlymacro blog by the awfully impressive and English-sounding Simon Wren-Lewis Professor of Economic Policy at the Blavatnik* School of Government, Oxford University, and a fellow of Merton College, and the equally eye-catching one below:
‘But the bottom line is that the case for Scottish independence is now much stronger than it was in 2014. Then a brighter future outside the UK was patriotic wishful thinking. Now, if they can stay in the Single Market, it is almost a certainty. ‘
I know, Ruth Davidson, ‘formidable’. She has a bigger fan club amongst English liberals and some Tories than she has with the Scottish electorate. I think it’s that image of her straddling a buffalo or the time when she gave Boris a doing that they like so much. I confuse the two things in my mind for some reason.
Wren-Lewis is clearly no admirer of the current government. He opens with:
‘Brexit makes the economics of Scottish independence much more attractive
It is difficult to think clearly when you watch the utter hypocrisy of our Prime Minister, lecturing the SNP about politics not being a game, moments before she needlessly rejects a Lords amendment to secure the rights of EU citizens in the UK. Everyone knows those rights will be guaranteed during the negotiations, so it would be so easy to seize the moral high ground by doing that now. But I’m not sure our Prime Minister, and her MPs, would recognise the moral high ground if it was staring them in the face.’
Wren-Lewis then goes on to make the ridiculous claims that the SNP were to blame for Brexit and that rUK is subsidising our weak economy. He clearly hasn’t read any of the demolitions of the weak economy arguments at, for example:
Nor has he clearly read any of the good news about Scotland’s recent energy boom at, for example:
However, he gets it right when he tells us that incomes in the UK are likely to face a reduction of around 10% in the next ten or so years. So, if Scotland becomes independent and stays in the EU it might well benefit from the inward investment that would have otherwise gone to England [We speak English, sort of] and the immigration that has also been good for the UK economy. He finishes with:
‘But the bottom line is that the case for Scottish independence is now much stronger than it was in 2014. Then a brighter future outside the UK was patriotic wishful thinking. Now, if they can stay in the Single Market, it is almost a certainty.’
Of course, he’s all wrong about the supposed ‘patriotic wishful thinking’ in 2014 but nearly all English intellectuals seem to believe that mainstream media lie, even though they are otherwise capable of seeing through their other lies about the benefits of Brexit.
Leonard “Len” Blavatnik (Russian: Леонид Валентинович Блаватник, Leonid Valentinovich Blavatnik; born June 14, 1957) is a Ukraine-born American businessman, investor, and philanthropist. He made his fortune through business via diversified investments in myriad companies through his conglomerate company, Access Industries. In 2015, he was named Britain’s richest man with an estimated net worth of £17.1 billion as of April 2015.