Today, in a historic first, The National publishes the McCrone Report, the secret British government report into Scotland’s oil wealth. Kept hidden from the Scottish public for 45 years, the report demonstrates that had Scotland voted for independence during the 1970s, this country would now be sitting on a sovereign wealth fund of trillions. Scotland would not be facing austerity. Our public services would be well funded, and our infrastructure would be world class. We would not currently be staring into the Brexit abyss, wondering whether we’ll still have an NHS in ten years time.
Instead of providing a bonanza for Scotland, Scotland’s wealth was squandered by successive British governments on tax cuts for the rich, and on social security payments for the hundreds of thousands who were made unemployed as a direct result of Margaret Thatcher’s decade and a half of vindictiveness. And all the while, even in the 1980s, British politicians told us that the oil was running out. Under Westminster rule, Scotland is the only country in the world which discovered oil and then became poorer.
The McCrone Report is a shameful episode which illustrates the deceptions to which British governments will descend in order to maintain Scotland firmly within the UK. The report was kept quiet in order to dampen down claims arising within Scotland for self-government or even independence. The McCrone Report demonstrates that the British government is so keen to keep hold of Scotland because it allows Westminster to use Scotland’s wealth in order to benefit the British establishment, and not the people of Scotland.
The McCrone Report shows that Westminster does not now and never had the interests of Scotland at heart. As such it is essential reading both for everyone who supports independence, but more importantly for those who are unsure. And even more importantly, it leads us to wonder what other dirty little secrets Westminster is hiding from the people of Scotland.
The McCrone Report and the way it was hidden from the people of Scotland for so long proves that we are ruled by a Westminster establishment which doesn’t trust us, and which holds us in contempt. This is not a partnership of nations, it’s a con job.
Buy an extra copy of The National tomorrow, and give one to your friends who are soft no or who are uncertain about independence. It will show them that we’re governed by a UK that doesn’t have our interests at heart. It demonstrates that we need independence in order to have governments which are directly accountable to the people of Scotland. Then we can vote them out of office if they deceive us.
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