Alex Salmond, the leader of the Scottish National Party and First Minister for Scotland, speaking in Qatar, was at his belligerent best recently, arrogantly saying that England’s lights would be dependent on Scotland’s renewable energy in the future.
It is a complete fallacy to believe that England, our largest customer by far, would be dependant on Scotland for any product or service. As for North Sea oil being an answer to all our problems, Salmond omits to tell the truth that it is thanks to the Barnett formula that Scotland gets the same amount raised in oil tax back to spend in Scotland.
The truth of renewable energy is also glossed over as a major bank warned this week that electricity bills will more than double under Salmonds plan to build an independent Scotland on green power.
Citigroup claimed bills would soar by an average of £875 per household if the country goes it alone and pursues SNP plans to invest billions in wave and wind power.
A select few are lining their pockets as ordinary Scots face crippling fuel bills. The big power companies continue to rake it in posting profits that have climbed to billions every single year.
The main driver for this is the ROCs (Renewable Obligation Certificates) and feed-in tariffs that throw money at power companies and landowners.
This is the reason that Scottish landowners are keen to have their farms and estates industrialised by wind farms.
Sir Alastair Gordon-Cumming will earn £435,000 annually from 29 giant turbines on his Altyre estate while The Duke of Roxburghe will net £720,000 a year from his 48 400ft high turbines at Fallago Rig in the beautiful Lammermuir Hills.
In an attempt to conceal yet more truth from the people the SNP Government refused a Freedom of Information request to release its legal advice on an independent Scotland’s position with the EU, giving the reason that the answer would “prejudice substantially” the SNP administrations conduct and it would be “contrary to the public interest”.
The fact is that there is increasing academic and legal reasons that an independent Scotland would have to apply to join the EU. Accession states must accept all aspects of the EU. Not only would Scotland have to adopt the Euro, we would lose all the UK’s opt-outs thus finding ourselves in the same basket-case situation of Greece.
The SNP continue to show they are not nationalists who care about the ordinary people but just like the other parties spend time courting bankers, big business and rich landowners.
Mr Salmond’s disrespectful attitude to Great Britain, the United Kingdom and England in particular is frankly embarrassing.
Footnote by The Green Arrow
Gary Raikes is the Scottish Coordinator of Britain First, so if you live in Scotland and care about Scotland and wish to know more, then you can find his contact details here, along with an interesting bit of news about a new Britain First Group being set up in Fife.