I have said all along, Westminster would never allow Scotland to leave this so called "union"
Scotland is too big an asset to them.
Not many people know about a government report. The McCrone Oil Report - a Conservative government report that was kept secret for 30 years!
The eighteen-page report focused on the likely effects of North Sea oil revenue on the economic viability of an independent Scotland. Professor Gavin McCrone wrote the paper as advice to the UK Government. The report predicted that North sea oil revenue would give an independent Scotland a large tax surplus, on such a scale as to be "embarrassing", making the country "as rich as Switzerland." He also surmised that this surplus revenue would make the Scottish pound the hardest currency in Europe "with the exception of the Norwegian kronor".
- take note of this statement, and tell me would Westminster really have not agreed to a currency union?! We have been played - AGAIN !!!!!
The document was completed in early 1974, just prior to the February 1974 general election, which produced a 'hung parliament' with Harold Wilson as Prime Minister. Another general election was called for October 1974, which gave the Labour party a slim majority in Westminster, whilst the SNP recorded 30% of the Scottish vote, their best ever result at that time.
After discussions between St. Andrews House and the Cabinet Office in London, Prof. McCrone passed the report on to the new Labour government, on 23 April 1975, along with a covering letter. The covering letter is the source of the oft-quoted phrase about "taking the wind out of the SNP’s sails"; Prof. McCrone was here outlining what actions he believed would be necessary to prevent support for the SNP from growing further.
The report was classified as 'secret' by civil servants at the time, and successive UK Governments kept it so, over fears that it would give a further boost to the SNP's policy of Scottish independence.
A year after Professor McCrone had written his report, civil servants in London (including McCrone himself) met to discuss its implications. They concluded that his findings had been accurate, and that the average income in Scotland would increase by up to 30% per head if the country became an independent state. They also concluded that Scotland's "economic problems would disappear", and it would become "the Kuwait of the Western world", though this was balanced somewhat by the opinion that Scotland could risk "disaster" if the oil price collapsed. The civil servants in London summed up by finding that there was "a good case for the continuation of the Union."
The report came to light in 2005 when the SNP obtained several UK Government papers under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The full provisions of the Act came into force on 1 January 2005.
UK oil production peaked in 1999 and had declined 67% by 2012, but petroleum still contributed £35bn to the UK balance of payments in 2011. The UK government took an estimated £6,530m in direct petroleum taxes in 2012-13 plus £6bn in income tax, national insurance and corporation tax from supply companies in 2011-12. As of 2012 around 45% of UK oil & gas employees are in Scotland.
In his evidence to the Lords Committee on the Economic Implications of Scottish Independence in 2012, Professor McCrone stated that Scotland's GDP would increase by around 20% if North Sea oil were counted as part of it.
In an interview for Holyrood Magazine on the 19th of May 2013, ex-Labour chancellor Dennis Healey (who served in the Cabinet at the time the McCrone Report was submitted) stated: "I think we did underplay the value of the oil to the country because of the threat of [Scottish] nationalism... I think they [Westminster politicians] are concerned about Scotland taking the oil, I think they are worried stiff about it."
Now ask yourself this - Westminster continually lied to the people of Scotland about the oil. This was deliberately hidden from us for 30 years, and still would be if it wasnt for the Freedom of Information Act. Why are we to believe they are not lying now?
Why couldnt Scotland survive on her own - in the Conservative parties own words Scotland would increase by up to 30% per head if the country became an independent state. They also concluded that Scotland's "economic problems would disappear", and it would become "the Kuwait of the Western world",
Now look at these from Wings Over Scotland
(Labour MP Tony Benn, May 1979)
(Labour MP Ioan Evans, February 1980)
(Tory MPs Timothy Eggart and Peter Ross, January 1982)
(Labour MP Jeff Rooker, April 1984)
(The Independent, December 2005)
(BBC News, March 2013)
(The Herald, March 2013)
(The Sun, April 2008)
(The Guardian, May 2008)
(The Telegraph, June 2008)
(Alistair Darling on BBC News, June 2008)
(Alistair Darling in the Evening Standard, June 2009)
(The Scotsman, April 2012)
(Daily Express, September 2012)
(The Telegraph, November 2012)
(Alistair Darling in the Paisley Daily Express, December 2012)
(Reuters, January 2013)
(The Telegraph, February 2013)
(Tavish Scott in The Shetland Times, March 2013)
(Vince Cable in The Telegraph, March 2013)
(Vince Cable in the Scotsman, March 2013)
(Vince Cable in the Daily Record, March 2013)
(New York Times, March 2013)
(The Scotsman, March 2013)
(UK energy minister John Hayes, March 2013)
(Dumfries And Galloway Standard, March 2013)
(BBC News, March 2013)
(The Telegraph, March 2013)