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....Lower operating costs will be crucial if Scotland is to recover the UK’s remaining oil and gas, of which it holds 88%, according to analysts. In 2014, then-Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond put those hydrocarbons at the heart of his economic and fiscal case for independence. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Aberdeen wrestles with hard choices as independence looms again image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 18th of March 2017 03:59:43 PM
....Lower operating costs will be crucial if Scotland is to recover the UK’s remaining oil and gas, of which it holds 88%, according to analysts. In 2014, then-Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond put those hydrocarbons at the heart of his economic and fiscal case for independence. ...
U-turn over Budget plan to increase National Insurance image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of March 2017 12:30:48 PM
....Read more from Laura. Asked by former SNP leader Alex Salmond "who" had realised the Budget was in "flagrant breach" of a manifesto commitment, Mr Hammond replied: "I think it was Laura Kuenssberg on the BBC shortly after I said it in the Budget speech. ...
Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life confirm merger terms image
....The company has been steered for 34 years by Martin Gilbert, much of that by acquiring other funds, and it does seem it has run out of other options to move on. Following concerns over job losses in the north-east, Gordon MP Alex Salmond said he had been "reassured" by Mr Gilbert, from Aberdeen Asset Management. ...
How Donald Trump became Deutsche Bank's biggest headache image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of February 2017 12:31:47 PM
.... He was willing to spend it on his latest project: a golf course and hotel near Balmedie in Aberdeenshire. Controversially approved by then first minister Alex Salmond and the Scottish government, it would be the “world’s greatest golf course”, Trump said. ...
Scottish auditors to investigate £9bn private finance bill image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of December 2016 07:00:19 AM
....“The funding model rolled out by the Scottish government is nothing other than a public relations repackaging of the private finance initiative, with zero transparency and minimal accountability,” she said. The NPD programme, which was introduced by former first minister Alex Salmond, echoes the PFI structure by allowing private companies to build hospitals, schools and roads with debt finance which is then paid off by the taxpayer over a period of decades. ...

RBS would move HQ south in event of Yes vote in independence referendum
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 14th of August 2016 11:26:28 AM
....  Last week, one of the SNP’s most senior figures broke ranks with Ms Sturgeon by warning that holding a second referendum on the back of Brexit risked a devastating defeat that would put the nationalist cause “on the back burner for generations”.   Alex Neil, who served in the cabinet under Ms Sturgeon and Alex Salmond, argued against being “stampeded” into staging a rerun of the 2014 vote, saying it would be “premature and unnecessarily risky. ...

Scottish Labour is lost in the wilderness
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 12th of August 2016 12:58:43 PM
....But my plea to Ed back in October was less about saving the party in Scotland and more about saving seats in the rest of the country. How would English voters react if they thought that Prime Minister Miliband would have to rely on Alex Salmond and his tartan army to get legislation through? Would voters be worried or reassured that the SNP’s stated priority would always be Scotland’s interests, even (especially?) at the cost of England’s?. ...

Former SNP Cabinet minister warns Nicola Sturgeon against second independence referendum based on Brexit
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....”. Alex Neil, who served in the Scottish Cabinet under Ms Sturgeon and Alex Salmond, argued against being “stampeded” into staging a rerun of the 2014 vote, saying this would be “premature and unnecessarily risky. ...

Scotland losing out on oil decommissioning 'because it doesn't fit SNP's political narrative'
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....Maersk Oil announced that its Janice Floating Production Unit, an installation in British waters which was earmarked for closure last year, will be taken apart in a Norwegian port after Scottish and UK firms’ tenders were rejected. Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond promised a second oil boom if Scots voted for independence in 2014, but the Office for Budget Responsibility has forecast that the collapse in the oil price means the North Sea is projected to post annual losses of £1 billion over the next few years. ...

Alex Salmond accepted £29,544 'redundancy' from Holyrood despite remaining an MP
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. Alex Salmond accepted a taxpayer-funded “golden goodbye” worth nearly £30,000 when he stood down from the Scottish Parliament this year despite remaining an MP and earning £30,000 a year from his radio show, the Telegraph can disclose. ...
Remain campaign donor Ian Taylor requests exclusion from honours image
....Mr Taylor, who was worth £175m in 2015 according to the Sunday Times Rich List, backed the Better Together campaign for Scotland to remain part of the UK in the 2014 referendum with £500,000. The then first minister, Alex Salmond, called for the money to be paid back due to controversy about Vitol. ...

Nicola Sturgeon takes political fantasy to new heights
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 23rd of July 2016 04:25:45 PM
.... It was unfortunate that as many as 45 per cent of Scots were taken in by this two years ago. It was even more unfortunate that they swallowed it without Alex Salmond, the then leader, being able to tell them what currency an independent Scotland would have, whether or not it would remain in the European Union, and how it would pay its way. ...

While Nicola Sturgeon fiddles, Scotland burns. Or at least smoulders
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 21st of July 2016 12:29:04 PM
....More importantly, if the Scottish government considers the people to be sovereign, why is she so committed to defending the voice of those 1. 6 million, yet is blatantly disregarding the votes of the two million-plus who voted for Scotland to remain in the UK? The contradiction is even more pronounced given that June’s plebiscite – the one considered so important by the SNP – was called by the hated UK Tory government, while the 2014 vote was the brainchild of Sturgeon and her predecessor, Alex Salmond. ...

Alex Salmond: Scottish Parliament cannot block Brexit
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 27th of June 2016 09:36:08 AM
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David Cameron gambles on the status quo in EU referendum image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 10th of April 2016 11:50:15 AM
.... One option is to deny that there will be any economic fallout and that life will go on merrily as before. This was the approach Alex Salmond tried in the Scottish independence referendum. ...
IFS warns Scottish deficit has become three times greater than UK's image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 24th of March 2016 06:00:11 AM
....The Institute for Fiscal Studies figures were released as Nicola Sturgeon launched the first phase of the Scottish National party’s campaign for the Holyrood election in May, urging her party’s 129 candidates to fight harder than ever to secure a second successive majority government. If Scotland had declared independence on 24 March – the day chosen by then SNP leader Alex Salmond before he lost the 2014 referendum campaign, its population would be facing an overall deficit of £2,850 per head in the 2016/17 financial year compared with £850 per head across the UK, the IFS said. ...
Standard Life is walking a Brexit tightrope image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 19th of February 2016 07:00:43 PM
.... . So much so that Alex Salmond, the first minister at the time, name-checked the FTSE 100 insurance and investment conglomerate in the Scottish Parliament, saying: “Standard Life will find Scotland a good place to do business as it, indeed, does business in 10 countries around the world. ...
Mary Somerville could be first woman other than Queen to feature on RBS banknote image
....RBS, which is one of three banks to print banknotes in Scotland, is inviting votes via its Facebook page until Sunday 7 February, after asking the public for nominees in the field of science and innovation. Not everybody who submitted a nomination respected the criteria though, as those who failed to make the cut include the hard-drinking comedy character Rab C Nesbitt, the former Scottish National party leader Alex Salmond and Nelson Mandela, who was not Scottish. ...
Top Treasury civil servant Sir Nick Macpherson to step down in April image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 4th of January 2016 12:54:18 PM
.... . The intervention caused the then leader of the Scottish National Party, Alex Salmond, no small amount of anguish, who described the Treasury tsar as being beholden to his "political masters". ...
Trump loses wind farm legal challenge image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of December 2015 10:31:18 AM
....The Trump Organisation said it was an "extremely unfortunate" ruling and it would "continue to fight" the wind farm proposal. Former First Minister Alex Salmond said the latest court verdict left Mr Trump a "three-time loser". ...
Scotland's PFI boom means £1.3bn a year bill is in the post image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of December 2015 12:02:36 PM
.... But these projects are also the largest source of new public sector debt in Scotland and the biggest financial headache for Scottish National party ministers. The majority of these public building projects – roads, schools, community centres and hospitals – are being paid for through a new type of private financing organised by the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT), a body established by the former SNP first minister Alex Salmond and involving contracts typically lasting from 25 to 30 years. ...
Perhaps India, rather than China, should be the target of Britain’s charm offensive image
.... Nearly 40 Westminster MPs have signed a motion calling on Cameron to raise human rights concerns with Modi during his visit. They include Alex Salmond and Jeremy Corbyn. ...
Scotland sets sights on trade with Iran image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 16th of October 2015 08:43:03 PM
. The prospect of oil giant Iran opening up for business in the coming months might not on the face of it seem like good news for Scotland's oil capital, Aberdeen, but that's not how the Scottish National Party's Alex Salmond sees things. ...
Britain can't afford to write off North Sea oil after 40 years image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 4th of September 2015 04:09:06 PM
.... . This may be some way below the claims made ahead of 2014’s Scottish referendum by the SNP’s Alex Salmond, but it is hard to see public finances holding up without it, especially with the budget deficit running at £90bn, or 5pc of gross domestic product. ...
How to stand out from the crowd and be an authentic leader image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 20th of August 2015 07:10:09 AM
....Howell is the CEO of REDCo, one of the UK’s longest established coaching organisations and has seen politics and corporate life close up. She’s worked with the SNP’s Alex Salmond over the last ten years as well as Plaid Cymru and says women have the advantage when it comes to being authentic, because when they are being themselves they come across exceptionally well. ...
Independence would leave Scotland £7bn worse off, oil forecasts show image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of August 2015 04:43:39 PM
.... These predictions came after the UK Treasury cut taxes and increased tax breaks to shore up slumping production following the collapse of global oil prices to $50 a barrel. That analysis offered a far more cautious assessment of Scotland’s notional oil wealth in a clear sign that Nicola Sturgeon has distanced herself from exaggerated claims by Alex Salmond, her predecessor as first minister and Scottish national party leader. ...
North Sea oil production rises despite price fall image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 3rd of August 2015 02:53:44 PM
.... . The longevity of oil supplies in the North Sea was a key battleground of the Scottish independence referendum last year, with former Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond claiming that the region could produce enough crude to sustain an independent Scotland. ...
Source : Independent [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of July 2015 12:01:42 AM
....Distrusted, mistrusted and untrusted, there’s no point putting the political class front and centre of a single-issue campaign where seats for their parties are not directly on the line. Alex Salmond might have done a much better job leading the Yes campaign than Alistair Darling did for Better Together – hence Scotland only just about remained part of the union – but the former First Minister essentially outlasted a visibly struggling ex-chancellor. ...
SNP hopes of full fiscal autonomy dealt blow by slump in North Sea oil revenues image
....6bn hole in Scotland’s finances. Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond’s plan for fiscal independence was a key policy during the Scottish referendum campaign (Getty) . ...
Scottish government accused of trying to bury report on falling oil revenues image
....4bn in total over the next four years. The bulletin shows a vast gulf between the most optimistic figures given to Scottish voters before last year’s independence referendum by Alex Salmond – then the Scottish National party leader and first minister – who said a future oil boom would underpin a surge in productivity and national wealth after a yes vote. ...
Scottish funding changes could leave Queen short of £2m image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 23rd of June 2015 11:17:47 PM
....It had been understood that Scotland would still agree to contribute to the Queen’s costs after taking over management of the crown estate assets north of the border, worth £26m, but it appears that under Nicola Sturgeon this will not occur. “Originally, Alex Salmond did imply that might happen. ...
Source : Independent [Read Article] Thursday 18th of June 2015 05:15:00 AM
.... We don’t; you can’t just target swing voters and demand: vote Conservative. Far better to show a picture of Alex Salmond, with Ed Miliband in his pocket. ...
Donald Trump: 'Windfarms are ruining the landscape' image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 8th of June 2015 09:54:47 PM
. Donald Trump has attacked Alex Salmond, saying the former First Minister should be “ashamed of himself” for backing plans to build offshore windfarms near a golf course owned by the flamboyant US billionaire. ...
Beware the first budget of a new parliament. Especially this one image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 31st of May 2015 08:05:07 AM
....Now, the important point about next month’s budget is that it was not expected, even by the chancellor, to be delivered. But, for all the protestations of my vociferous old friend Alex Salmond, it will be. ...
Who has the courage to speak out on Europe? image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 30th of May 2015 03:00:28 PM
.... This was proven emphatically by the impact that some of Britain’s biggest companies had when they weighed into the Scottish referendum last year. The intervention of the likes of RBS, Lloyds and Standard Life arguably robbed Alex Salmond of one of the greatest political victories of our times. ...
It's difficult to overestimate the election’s significance image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 9th of May 2015 03:12:54 PM
.... . Who cares if former SNP Leader Alex Salmond, now himself back at Westminster, assured us that the previous vote would settle the question “for a generation”. ...
Cameron 'hard work' pledge to firms image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 27th of April 2015 01:56:54 AM
....". He added: "If you think I'm going to roll over in the next 10 days and let Ed Miliband and Alex Salmond wreck that, you've got another thing coming. ...
Cameron to unveil plans for England-only income tax from 2016 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of April 2015 11:01:09 PM
....Speaking in Kirkcaldy, he said: “The SNP wake up in the morning thinking of how to make Scotland independent. We wake up in the morning thinking of how to advance social justice and that is why it has to be the Labour party which is writing the first budget and not Alex Salmond, who does not share our sense of priorities and who must share the blame for failing to address poverty as first minister. ...
Will the last person to leave Britain please turn out the lights image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 18th of April 2015 02:30:12 PM
.... Unusually for those who trade in realism, the City has fallen victim to wishful thinking. What we are in fact going to get is a Labour minority government with support from the Scottish National Party on Alex Salmond’s suggested “confidence and supply” basis. ...
Labour manifesto pledges to boost minimum wage and cut deficit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of April 2015 01:18:01 PM
....Gove told the BBC: “It’s got no credibility at all. We know every page in Labour’s manifesto will be subject to sign off by Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon. ...
Is there a black hole in Scotland’s public finances? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of April 2015 10:38:44 AM
.... As a comparison, raising the basic rate of income tax by 1p in Scotland would bring in £330m. During the referendum campaign, the SNP – then under Alex Salmond – claimed the North Sea reserves were an asset to Scotland’s economy. ...
Cameron and Osborne refuse to rule out cut in top rate of income tax image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 5th of April 2015 01:09:32 PM
....Osborne also condemned any post-election deal between Labour and the SNP as an unholy alliance “between the people who can bankrupt the country and those that want to break up the country”. He said the TV debates meant people could see who would be the weak leader, Ed Miliband, and the strong leader, Nicola Sturgeon, with the former party leader Alex Salmond at Westminster. ...
Budget 2015: 8 ways MPs will act like petulant children – from chicken noises to hiding heckling image
.... SNP MPs clutching their jacket pockets. Miliband in Salmond's pocket for the Toy campaign poster After the Tory election poster depicting a tiny Ed Miliband in Alex Salmond’s top pocket, watch out for the Scottish Nationalists clutching their top pockets at any mention of their rise north of the border. ...
BP freezes pay for 2015 as low oil prices prompt cutbacks image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 26th of January 2015 05:11:05 PM
.... In response to the threat posed to oil industry jobs in the North Sea, the Chancellor, George Osborne, has ordered the Treasury to explore providing additional tax relief for companies working offshore. Aberdeen's economy depends on the health of the oil and gas industry, which formed a key part of the independence campaign of Scottish nationalist Alex Salmond last year. ...
BP announces North Sea job cuts amid oil slump image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 15th of January 2015 07:10:54 AM
.... The Chancellor, George Osborne, has ordered the Treasury to explore providing additional tax relief for companies working offshore in the North Sea. Aberdeen's economy depends on the health of the oil and gas industry, which formed a key part of the independence campaign of Scottish nationalist Alex Salmond last year. ...
Roger Bootle: Can President Putin explain how Osborne conspired to bring down the oil price? image
.... But I don’t recall anyone imagining that just three months later oil would be as low as $60 a barrel and “Scotland’s” oil industry would be in crisis. At this level of oil prices, Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon have some frantic number-crunching to do. ...
Source : Independent [Read Article] Friday 19th of December 2014 11:59:01 PM
....It all makes for a perfect fit. If Alex Salmond maintains his promise that he will use Faslane as a bargaining chip to secure a deal in the post-general election fallout, Barrow should pounce. ...
Low oil prices are burying all hope of future Scottish independence image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 14th of November 2014 05:44:24 PM
.... The Scottish National Party is holding its annual conference in Perth, in part to confirm Nicola Sturgeon as its new leader. As you might expect, neither she, the former SNP leader Alex Salmond, nor the party faithful in general are inclined to accept September's "no" vote lying down. ...
Business needs its own vocal lobby to speak up when politicians don’t image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 8th of November 2014 04:55:24 PM
.... His is only a more extreme version of populist cant that is gaining traction everywhere. Alex Salmond, leader of the Scottish National Party, attacked business so relentlessly that in the final weeks of the Scottish independence campaign 150 company bosses came out and signed a petition arguing that independence would be bad for customers and jobs. ...
Alex Salmond welcomes Flybe flights between London City and Scotland image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 27th of October 2014 05:19:39 PM
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Flybe launches new routes for City slickers image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 27th of October 2014 07:33:54 AM
.... . Chief secretary Danny Alexander, Alex Salmond, the first minister for Scotland, Danny Kennedy, regional development minister for Northern Ireland, and Paschal Donohoe, minister of transport and tourism for Ireland have all praised the creation of the new routes. ...
Brown says Cameron
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 12th of October 2014 09:10:23 AM
....Mr Cameron has said Scottish MPs should be denied full voting rights on issues which affect only England and Wales. Meanwhile, First Minister Alex Salmond has asked for an investigation into the Treasury's role during the referendum campaign. ...
North Sea needs £1 trillion to tap remaining oil and gas image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 30th of September 2014 04:00:46 AM
....” . The North Sea and estimates of how much oil can be extracted from the region was a key economic battle ground during the recent Scottish referendum, with Alex Salmond’s estimates on the region’s potential revenue attacked by leading industry figures such as Sir Ian Wood. ...
Ryder Cup: Tourism bosses hail global tournament impact image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 29th of September 2014 09:47:53 AM
....". First minister Alex Salmond was also full of praise for how the Gleneagles tournament was delivered. ...
Take a leaf out of Dubai’s book, or the rest of the world will leave UK for dust image
.... . Alienating business and failing to address the fears of large corporations over critical questions concerning currency, taxation and the economy was probably the biggest single mistake made by Alex Salmond, the canny nationalist leader, in the months leading up to the historic vote. ...
New powers could see Holyrood set corporate tax image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 21st of September 2014 12:00:00 AM
....The Government is drawing up plans for a scheme that will see more powers devolved to Holyrood, dubbed “devo max”, following victory for the No camp in last week’s independence referendum. Cutting corporation tax was a key plank of former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond’s Yes campaign. ...
The more power is devolved, the faster tax revenues race to the bottom image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 20th of September 2014 11:04:02 PM
....Optimists would say there are models of federalism that allow for a degree of regional control without a race to the bottom on tax and spending. But since an independent Scottish nation, the one Alex Salmond proposed, was already primed to cut corporation tax by 3p in the pound, such a race is not such a fanciful prediction. ...
Spoils of bruising Scottish referendum battle could go to Gordon Brown image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 20th of September 2014 11:04:00 PM
...."Are we," asked a senior Whitehall official, "witnessing the return of Gordon Brown to the big political stage?" And that was the day before the Thursday speech that had them rocking in the isles and the deepest recesses of the Conservative party were lost in a mixture of admiration and apprehension. All right: there was speculation, after one heavily pored-over hint, that the Big Hitter might have challenged Alex Salmond for the post of first minister. ...
Europe will never be the same after Scot vote, nor will British euroscepticism image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 20th of September 2014 04:35:05 PM
.... . Alex Salmond may not have won the day but he has reshuffled the European pack in ways nobody could have imagined. ...
.... Let's pretend that the nuclear missiles and ominous black submarines housing them in the Holy Loch are being ushered elsewhere by a flotilla of red and pink and blue pedalos from Queen's Park in Glasgow. Let's pretend that Alex Salmond finally does what we all wish he would do and drop the "D" at the end of his surname, thereby acting as a walking, impressively dour billboard for the country's fish industry. ...
The City is delighted at Scotland's No vote, but it is already looking ahead image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 19th of September 2014 06:59:51 PM
.... There was huge relief but little jubilation in the City of London on Friday. There was certainly delight in boardrooms that the United Kingdom has been saved, and that it was Alex Salmond, and not David Cameron, who was forced to resign — but two factors, one prosaic and the other more complex, help to explain why the financial markets didn’t go wild. ...
Scottish referendum results: Banks fail to give guarantees on retaining offices image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Friday 19th of September 2014 06:19:53 PM
....Another bank source expressed surprise that RBS had made its pledge, saying: “I think they’ve really jumped the gun. We do not know what is coming down the line here with devo max, the resignation of Alex Salmond, it’s all still very uncertain. ...
Scottish 'no' vote: what next for the energy sector? image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 19th of September 2014 11:50:17 AM
.... . Sir Ian Wood, who was commissioned by Government to examine the North Sea's remaining potential, was an important voice for the Better Together campaign in undermining Alex Salmond's claims about the scale of untapped reserves. ...
UK PLC breathes easy again after Scotland's no vote - but for how long? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 19th of September 2014 07:22:14 AM
.... On past form, that will weigh on markets once they have had a bit of time to reflect. Issue No 1 is that the result is close enough to make another referendum a possibility, despite the Scottish Nationalist party leader, Alex Salmond, saying that a no vote would mean it was off the agenda for a generation. ...
Relief rally as Scots reject independence but devo max remains a worry image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 19th of September 2014 07:01:50 AM
.... Sterling strengthened initially after Clamannashire, the first constituency to declare, delivered a surprise 'No' win shortly before 1. 30am, in a major blow to Alex Salmond. ...
Pound hits two-year high as Scotland votes image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 18th of September 2014 04:27:36 PM
.... . First Minister Alex Salmond and his Scottish National Party (SNP) want Scotland to continue using the pound and enter into a formal, euro-style monetary union with what would remain of the UK. ...
British business was right to speak out on Scotland: We are much better off together image
.... Perhaps most astonishingly of all, the nationalist establishment is utterly clueless when it comes to macroeconomics, including fiscal and monetary policy. Alex Salmond has no idea how he would plug his exploding budget deficit as the revenues from North Sea oil continue to fall. ...
Anthony Hilton: What a Yes vote would really mean in the longer term image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of September 2014 11:53:42 PM
.... But once politicians start negotiating, anything can happen. Though Alex Salmond has said repeatedly that he expects the negotiations to be amiable, divorces seldom are – however well-intentioned the parties are when they set out. ...
Scotland may find it has no EU, no currency and not much oil image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of September 2014 08:19:19 PM
.... . Is it 24bn barrels, enough to fund a Nordic welfare model for “many, many decades to come”, as Alex Salmond heroically insists? Or nearer 16bn, as Sir Ian Wood cautions, and most oil veterans endorse? . ...
Scotland faces 'decade of economic decline' if it votes yes image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of September 2014 07:51:18 PM
....” . Meanwhile, a major pillar of Alex Salmond’s economic plan for Scotland – utilising North Sea oil – was shot down in the final hours before Scots cast their votes by one of the country’s most respected energy consultants. ...

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