We already know that Scotland plays a dis-proportionally large part in the UK’s food and drinks industries. See, for example:
With only 8% of the population, Scotland accounts for more than 28% of UK food and drink exports. Too wee to survive on our own?
Determined to maintain this high performance, the Scottish government has allocated £5.8 million in grants to food processing companies so that they can improve the facilities and safeguard around 1 200 jobs.
In the Scottish Business News Network, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said:
‘Whether it’s salmon, dairy or whisky our food and drink industry is world-renowned and these latest grants will enable sixteen more food and drink companies to expand their operations in response to growing demand for our wonderful larder. With the latest figures showing that our food and drink exports increased by over 11% in the first quarter of this year, today’s funding award of £5.8 million clearly demonstrates our continuing commitment to help food and drink companies large and small take their businesses to the next level, building on our reputation as a land of food and drink.’
Once more, news that both confirms the competence of the SNP government and the eventual success of an independent Scotland.
Will try again, Prof (last attempt vanished into the ether):
Thank you, as ever, for getting this vital info out into the public, global agora. Respect.
However, my current stint as a sessional college instructor in EAP (English for Academic Purposes) for a branch American university campus in Tokyo seems to reinforce previous experiences of the global propaganda of England conflated with everything pertaining to realpolitik coming out from the British Isles (Ireland an exception in a kind of hazy, kool leprechaun, kinda cuddly way. Armalite necessity airbrushed out of the democratic struggle equation, unkent or willfully ignored).
Essentially, unless one subscribes to a binary view of the world as simply perceiving the dominant global powers as English and American, one is met by confused stares by both fellow faculty on both the EAP side as well as the specialist academic faculty on their side drawn from international backgrounds and all super; ditto the scholars whose thinking patterns have been moulded into passively accepting this black and white interpretation of the world we all inhabit.
Thank goodness for Russian faculty and students who seem to show more critical thinking skills. Also, a Bulgarian classics professor steeped in Graeco-Roman critical thinking traditions (and, for me, my memories of the Glasgow University Media Studies Group much slagged off at the time as a Beano-like, pseudo-academic program).
How to effectively combat this bovine mindset or porcine or, simply, coorse (coarse) animalistic knee-jerk collective mindset stretching across international borders as they stand written by the power elites and their predecessors?
Am a fan of not only your contributions but also your commitment to keeping the record straight. Forgive me, but this is not surprising as my favorite action philosophers include Paulo Friere, Matthew Lygate, and Socrates amongst many others including John MacLean and James Connolly, etc.
Power to your elbow, sir