You’ll remember this ‘8% of the population…’ headline.
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?
Fish, especially Salmon, make up the second biggest share of UK and Scottish food and drink exports, after Whisky in and, like the Whisky, continue to grow fast. 453 000 tonnes were landed by Scottish vessels and the value was £557 million.
We must expect the Scottish Government’s recent push for more Scottish fish to be landed in Scottish ports rather than foreign to lead to further increases. See:
To promote growth and increase economic security in Scotland’s coastal communities, Scottish fishing vessels must land 55% of catches in Scotland but the owners are not happy
Footnote: Are my repeated ‘8%’ headlines becoming a ‘meme’ or just repetitively boring?
I don’t have any negative feeling about the frequent reminder that we are only 8% of the UK’s population. It’s a fact and adds a positve gloss to the country’s achievements. However, it has raised a question in my mind – What would be the optimum size of population for an independent Scotland?
By historical standards our population is now rather small in comparison to that of England, but it may be argued that the latter is unsustainably high. By no means could the UK adequately feed the present numbers on its own, and feeding the people is more important even than an assured supply of energy.
I haven’t been able to trace, yet, any resarch on this matter but it is interestng to contemplate what we might achieve with an optimised balance of people and natural resources.
No conclusions – just thoughts, thoughts……
Good point. 5-10 million max?
@ William Henderson.
At the time of the Treaty of Union, Scotland’s population was about 1/3 of that of England( not sure if the English figures included Wales). I expect that Scotland’s population will rise once the Union is ended, I would hope by a couple of million in the first 10 years, fingers crossed, we need them.
I find it curious that Scottish fishermen, despite going to Scottish schools, having their children going to Scottish schools, using SNHS, Scottish coastguard, having Scottish ratepayers pay for service such as roads, lighting, police etc, don’t want these people and services to benefit from the fishing in Scottish waters, which after all are around Scotland not England, but want the Treasury to benefit and around 550 English MPs decide our future. Oh and their own vast bank balances.
Yes, me too, curious and a bit angry?
Spot on Brian – Ludo
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