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Oliver Brown
The Economy


"I fear the Greeks even when they bring gifts" has its modern equivalent, I fear the English especially when they boast of their subsidies".


It is easy to prove from economic data that a small country with three different races, no raw materials but water, composed mostly of barren mountains must be poor and unstable. The only thing that prevents the conclusion being accurate is the character of the Swiss.


Some Frenchman has said that there are three roads to bankruptcy, "women the pleasantest, gambling the quickest, following the advice of experts the most certain." Following the advice of economic experts is not only the quickest but the most unpleasant.

This is not an expression of contempt for money but a proper appreciation of its value.


Can we afford self-government?

Projects cancelled before completed £250,000,000 including Blue Streak £84,000,000 and swift fighter aircraft £22,000,000.

The total sum spent by the Tories during their thirteen years in office on defence schemes which were just as valuable for defence as the Queen’s Bodyguard of’ Archers was.

One thousand and six million pounds of which we would not have paid one penny under a Scottish Government. It was simply due to the Englishman’s illusion of imperial greatness (typified by Sir Cyril Osborne).


Malta has sworn more money for the English naval base there. If we are really depending on the begging howl as the Tories say, how much do the Americans and their English vassals owe us for the nuclear bases in the Holy Loch and the Gareloch? Why should Scottish money be used in Malta for such a purpose? Why are we always the bribers and never the blushing bribed? (The Tories were in power from ’51 to ’64 – Ed.)

SNP Public Meeting in Burngreen Hall