Scot's wrath

I RATHER wonder what the people of Wales would think if Alex Salmond the First Minister of Scotland came down and started interfering in the politics of Wales.

We’ve just had to put up with Welsh leader Carwyn Jones coming up to Scotland and attacking the Scottish Government – and talking a lot of rubbish as he did so.

He chooses to question whether Scotland could retain Sterling as its currency after independence and be part of a currency union with the rest of the UK. This is the Scottish Government’s preferred option at the moment and has been described by Alistair Darling as “logical and sensible”.

Jones operates on a number of flawed assumptions, however.

Firstly, as Sterling is an internationally traded currency, any country can use it.

Secondly, the average person in Scotland cares not at all what his currency will be called as long as he or she had enough to pay the bills.

And thirdly, Scotland remaining in a sterling currency union with the remaining UK is much more important to the UK than it is to Scotland. Were Scotland to pull out of sterling after independence, the currency would immediately face significant devaluation, as the export of oil and gas is the biggest factor in it retaining its value.

If you would like to make a comment about this, please email David McEwan Hill at markewan2001@yahoo.co.uk David McEwan Hill Tom Nan Ragh Argyll

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11:28pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Lord coed melyn says...

I for one would like the first minister of scotland to come to wales and explan. and maybe debate the issue on live t v ?
JEST FOR INFORMATION.
Jest to know what we do if scotland goes and what we do if scotland stays?
FOR ONE THING IT CAN NEVER GO BACK TO THE WAY IT IS NOW.
We will have to change the constitution away that will have to reflect the new way. to govern the union of three or four maybe we could of saved all this and come up with the union of states of the kingdom. (U. S. K) to be honest the what good are we to if we don't look at this now wales will be more isolated if we don't. (IT SEEMS TO BETTER THAN STICKING YOUR HEAD IN THE SAND) We and they are named countries in the union. There is it will come we can not change that ask the British government we had a commonwealth.
I for one would like the first minister of scotland to come to wales and explan. and maybe debate the issue on live t v ? JEST FOR INFORMATION. Jest to know what we do if scotland goes and what we do if scotland stays? FOR ONE THING IT CAN NEVER GO BACK TO THE WAY IT IS NOW. We will have to change the constitution away that will have to reflect the new way. to govern the union of three or four maybe we could of saved all this and come up with the union of states of the kingdom. (U. S. K) to be honest the what good are we to if we don't look at this now wales will be more isolated if we don't. (IT SEEMS TO BETTER THAN STICKING YOUR HEAD IN THE SAND) We and they are named countries in the union. There is it will come we can not change that ask the British government we had a commonwealth. Lord coed melyn

8:11am Tue 10 Dec 13

pwlldu says...

A Scotland yes/no is only the people who live in Scotland. Nothing to do with us (Wales), England or NI. Whatever the vote next year Scotland will have some positive changes and move further from Wales.
A Scotland yes/no is only the people who live in Scotland. Nothing to do with us (Wales), England or NI. Whatever the vote next year Scotland will have some positive changes and move further from Wales. pwlldu

10:48am Tue 10 Dec 13

Stevenboy says...

It's curious that this wily political operator launched a document which seems to want all the good bits of being in the UK but called 'independence'. Surely a separate Scotland would be in the Euro as an EU member in it's own right and with a new head of state? It's obvious to a blind man why he wants to keep the Queen and the quid; he thinks he can get the ignorant to vote for it if it doesn't like too much of a leap into the dark.
It's curious that this wily political operator launched a document which seems to want all the good bits of being in the UK but called 'independence'. Surely a separate Scotland would be in the Euro as an EU member in it's own right and with a new head of state? It's obvious to a blind man why he wants to keep the Queen and the quid; he thinks he can get the ignorant to vote for it if it doesn't like too much of a leap into the dark. Stevenboy

12:26pm Tue 10 Dec 13

_Bryan_ says...

You do realise that Scotland isn't just proposing independence from England don't you? It is proposing independence from the United Kingdom, which includes Wales. As such, it is only appropriate for a Welsh voice to be heard as part of the debate.

With regard to the issue raised over the use of Sterling following independence, it is my understanding that Scotland could be left with a stark choice: either retain membership of the EU and take on the Euro, or leave the EU and retain the pound.

Of course, if Scotland were to opt for the latter measure, they may well need to prepare for a stampede of immigrants from south of the border.
You do realise that Scotland isn't just proposing independence from England don't you? It is proposing independence from the United Kingdom, which includes Wales. As such, it is only appropriate for a Welsh voice to be heard as part of the debate. With regard to the issue raised over the use of Sterling following independence, it is my understanding that Scotland could be left with a stark choice: either retain membership of the EU and take on the Euro, or leave the EU and retain the pound. Of course, if Scotland were to opt for the latter measure, they may well need to prepare for a stampede of immigrants from south of the border. _Bryan_

8:03am Wed 11 Dec 13

pwlldu says...

_Bryan_ says... If Scotland doesn't join the EU think of all those thousands of eastern europeans that wouldn't be allowed to cross their borders. They would be stuck in the North of England (frozen hell or the land Labour forgot)
_Bryan_ says... If Scotland doesn't join the EU think of all those thousands of eastern europeans that wouldn't be allowed to cross their borders. They would be stuck in the North of England (frozen hell or the land Labour forgot) pwlldu

11:55am Wed 11 Dec 13

Cwmderi says...

It was like a Whitehall Farce watching Carwyn Jones race off to Scotland to advice the people there of the doom that would face them if they voted YES.
What credence can a failed first minister for Wales carry north of the border?
Education; SCOTLAND top of the UK Countries in all subjects on latest Pisa results. WALES Bottom of the pile.
Health: SCOTLAND top of the pile. WALES bottom yet again.
Tourism: SCOTLAND have a highly successful brand that attracts millions from all over the world. WALES, tagged on as an appendage to England.
Politics; SCOTTISH Parliament is vibrant and encourages open debate and scrutiny. WELSH Assembly. Questions are controlled by civil servants with ministers looking over their shoulders. Responses are pre-printed for ministers which makes the whole process of accountability and scrutiny a farce.
The comparison between Salmond and Jones as leaders and statesmen of their respective counties is evident for all to see.
Can we please make application to swap them over. Perhaps Wales could then start to move towards the attainments that Scotland have achieved under Mr Salmond.
It was like a Whitehall Farce watching Carwyn Jones race off to Scotland to advice the people there of the doom that would face them if they voted YES. What credence can a failed first minister for Wales carry north of the border? Education; SCOTLAND top of the UK Countries in all subjects on latest Pisa results. WALES Bottom of the pile. Health: SCOTLAND top of the pile. WALES bottom yet again. Tourism: SCOTLAND have a highly successful brand that attracts millions from all over the world. WALES, tagged on as an appendage to England. Politics; SCOTTISH Parliament is vibrant and encourages open debate and scrutiny. WELSH Assembly. Questions are controlled by civil servants with ministers looking over their shoulders. Responses are pre-printed for ministers which makes the whole process of accountability and scrutiny a farce. The comparison between Salmond and Jones as leaders and statesmen of their respective counties is evident for all to see. Can we please make application to swap them over. Perhaps Wales could then start to move towards the attainments that Scotland have achieved under Mr Salmond. Cwmderi

12:40pm Wed 11 Dec 13

_Bryan_ says...

On the subject of tourism...
SCOTLAND: Free, easy to use road links.
WALES: Expensive, often congested toll bridge.
On the subject of tourism... SCOTLAND: Free, easy to use road links. WALES: Expensive, often congested toll bridge. _Bryan_

3:58pm Wed 11 Dec 13

pwlldu says...

Mr Salmon could advise MR Jones on how to improve Welsh PISA, ambulance time and failing NHS
Mr Salmon could advise MR Jones on how to improve Welsh PISA, ambulance time and failing NHS pwlldu

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