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You should read this book, you should.

04 Feb

“The Scottish Enlightenment” – The Scots Invention of the Modern World – Arthur Herman ISBN 1-84115-276-5

The Westminster Government, ably supported by the BBC, has been pretty clever in the way it has portrayed Scotland and the people of Scotland. We are alcoholics, suffer from poor health, smoke too much, don’t do exercise, obese, etc. and worst of all monetary speaking we take more from the rest of the UK than we put in.

Given that quite a few of the politicians saying or implying these things are in fact Scottish themselves, you’d think they’d have the decency to put the facts on the table rather than just agree or in the worst case scenarios continue to tell fibs. I think there is some merit in the first paragraph above but I am also sure that the same things could be said of the rest of the UK and pretty much most countries in the world.

The one, which sticks in the craw for many people in Scotland, is the notion that Scotland doesn’t pay her way. The truth is that Scotland does pay more than it should and anyone with half a brain can see that for themselves.  Just think for a moment. Think of any country in the world which has oil within its borders and waters? Now also consider how much of a contribution the taxation and wealth creation, which has taken place in these countries. It’s huge. It makes the country far more stable and it also allows for much improved living standards for the population.

There are exceptions of course. It may be that a dictator rules the country and/or there is a dreadful level of corruption. This damages the country and it damages the potential living standards when just a few steal the greatest proportion of the wealth. It happens.

However, a country with oil and a government, which is reasonable, would get many benefits in all sorts of ways. Just look at Norway. It’s similar to Scotland although it does differ in one or two really important areas. It has it’s own government. It is not ruled by a much larger country and it is not part of the EU.

Norway has a big fund set aside from oil money to support the country in many ways not least of which will be to make life easier should the oil stop flowing although that’s certainly a very long way away.

Scotland has had very little benefit from the oil removed to date. It may have enjoyed the employment created but there has been no monies set aside. The money from the North Sea has gone to Westminster. FULL STOP!

Anyway the narrative is the important part at the moment. Remember the NO Campaign? Yes them. All they can say is that the Scottish people are too stupid, the country is too wee to amount to anything.

I recommend you read the following book. It clearly records the contribution made to the rest of the world owes to Scotland and the clever Scottish people from a small country, which punches hugely above its weight.

Don’t be taken in by Westminster and the establishment they will say whatever they think will damage Scotland most and the BBC will broadcast it.

“The Scottish Enlightenment” – The Scots Invention of the Modern World – Arthur Herman ISBN 1-84115-276-5

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Posted by on February 4, 2014 in BBC, Politics, Scottish Independence, SNP

 

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2 responses to “You should read this book, you should.

  1. Clarinda

    February 4, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Just spent the last 15 minutes raking around in my study, which is currently undergoing severe pruning of old work text books etc,, and uncovered my copy of Mr Herman’s book. To my shame it has never been opened since the day I bought it some years ago from the best book shop in Scotland! Achins Bookshop lies off the ‘Wee Mad Road’ at Inverkirkaig at the start of a long walk up to the Falls of Kirkaig where the views of Suilven, Stac Pollaidh and Cul Mor are spectacular! We visit and stay in that area twice a year and it is where I buy some wonderful books (too many – I can’t keep up) taking all the time you need to browse and have a very good bowl of soup and a coffee!
    http://www.visitscotland.com/info/shopping/achins-bookshop-p233111 ….Very highly recommended!

    Just bought Blossom by Lesley Riddoch but I’m still getting through the superb ‘The Claim of Scotland’ reproduced by the redoubtable Rev S Campbell on his excellent blog Wings over Scotland which I’m sure you’re well aware of?

     
    • Tedious Tantrums

      February 4, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks again fir your comment.
      I’m using the Herman book to remind myself how good the enlightenment was for Scotland. It’s an antidote to the Westminster crew talking us down.

      I’ll follow up on the two other books you highlighted shortly. Thanks for the steer.
      P

       

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