Monday, June 11, 2007

The best wee country in the world?

Apologies for the lack of posting: not only am I working on my second (long) education post, but I have also been tarting myself around London.



Via the poor little Greek boy, I see that Scotland's mission to brand itself the "Best small country in the world" has taken something of a knock.
Scotland is 'worst small country'

Scotland is the worst performing small country in Western Europe, according to a report by business leaders.

The Federation of Small Businesses' annual Index of Wealth compared 10 countries on economic performance, employment rates, health and education.

Scotland's life expectancy rate was a major factor in it coming bottom.

FSB Scotland said the new SNP government had its work cut out to improve the nation, but ministers said Scotland "can and will do better".

Scotland also fell by one place, to 17th, in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's table of the world's 24 most developed countries.

I still have a fondness for Scotland and the Scots in general; they are immense fun and drink like fish. I consider this a good thing.

However, the country has been appallingly badly run and it is frankly bizarre that Labour weren't given more of a fucking kicking in the recent election; in fact, it beggars belief. If it weren't for the English subsidy, Scotland would be an economic basketcase: how the fuck can an economy be sustainable when more than half of everyone in the country derives their primary income from the state?

In fact, the Scottish government's attitude to doing business can be best summed up by using Scottish Enterprise as an example: that's right, the quango responsible for trying to tell the Scots how to run their businesses has itself gone bust in the past, and seems unable to control its own budget at all.

What more eloquent statement of the ills affecting the Scottish economy could I possibly make?

UPDATE: As I have mentioned a numerous times before, and as Timmy reminds us today, Scotland used to be independent and what happened?

They went bankrupt, with the Darien Scheme consuming a third of the entire wealth of the country. And that's a very large part of why Scotland joined the Union.

So, can any Scots harping on about English "oppression", in the comments, stop doing so, please. Because you're talking bollocks.

4 comments:

Tom, Leeds said...

Scotland, historically, has been enslaved through English oppression of one form or another. Nowadays England have made once proud and hard working scots answerable to the state welfare system which rewards unemployment and unhirability with handouts. This it does because it is easier to steal from the resource rich country while keeping it's natives uninformed, uneducated and ill and voting labour.
What is needed before any real devolution can take place is a repealment of unending government handouts (a courageous move in itself), opportunities and promotion of education (especially scottish history) to those past the state education stage and a removal of state interference in education, health and policing. These combined, though courageous and potentially destructive are the only things that can revitalise Scotlands economy; it has resources in terms of oil, food stuffs, Whiskey and excellent exportable goods but not the manpower, intelligentsia or spirit it once had of dissention.
My family on my mother's side are all scottish now residing in northern England. I have no attachments to England and feel that the burgeoning reforms to the state required can be done in Scotland with ease, unlike in England.

Neal Asher said...

"Nowadays England have made once proud and hard working scots answerable to the state welfare system which rewards unemployment and unhirability with handouts. This it does because it is easier to steal from the resource rich country while keeping it's natives uninformed, uneducated and ill and voting labour."

If you were to replace 'England' with 'government' and 'Scots' with 'English', that would also be true. Don't forget, while your going all nationalist, just who is in power in Britain and where they came from.

Shotgun said...

I'm a jock, and I think you are talking utter fucking shite.

Stand up and take responsibility for your own failings you fucking dole scrounger instead of blaming somebody else.

It's the Englishs fault that Jocks are lazy dole scrounging cunts indeed...what a fucking twat you are.

Jeff said...

No self-respecting Scottish person would call themselves a "Jock" Mr Shotgun.

As for the rest of your post, i think there's some uptapped aggression you needed sorting out mate....