The centre of political gravity in Scotland is far to the left of that of the UK and that is at the centre of the concerns – widely held but little expressed – of Scottish business over independence.
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30 November 2013, Financial Times
02 October 2013, Financial Times
Negotiations over Scottish independence are framed by the observation that neither the rest of the UK nor the EU has anything significant to gain from such negotiation – or any wish to conduct such negotiation at all.
07 August 2013, Financial Times
Money is a confidence game; its value depends entirely on the willingness of other people to accept it.
08 May 2013, Financial Times
The inability of democratic politics to handle the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis has threatened to undermine the apparent consensus on liberal democracy and lightly regulated capitalism that emerged following the fall of the Berlin Wall.
24 April 2013, Financial Times
If I represented the Scottish government in the extensive negotiations required by the creation of an independent state, I would try to secure a monetary union with England, and expect to fail.
21 February 2013, University of Glasgow Lecture
Many of you will be aware of a poll that was conducted in 2011 in the Scottish Social Attitudes survey. Respondents were asked how they would vote on independence if they could be sure they would be £500 better off. That question produced a 2:1 majority in favour. Then they were asked how they would vote if they would be £500 a year worse off. That question produced a 2:1 majority against.
30 January 2013, Financial Times
Confronted with the specifics, rather than the principle, of constitutional change, many voters revert to the status quo.
31 October 2012, Financial Times
What would an independent Scotland actually be like? The only sensible answer is that no one really knows.
22 May 2012
On the 22nd May, John gave evidence to the House of Lords Economic Affairs committee on the economic implications for the UK of Scottish independence. Watch full coverage here.
10 April 2012, Financial Times
The petty, pragmatic character of Scottish concerns is appropriate, and in a sense reassuring. We should feel relieved that the passions expressed at Bannockburn, or Waterloo, or that prompted Paul Revere’s ride, no longer feature in the politics of western Europe.
17 February 1999, Financial Times
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