"Alister Jack MP is the new Secretary of State for Scotland after Prime Minister Boris Johnson,on his first day in office, sacked David Mundell. Alistair Jack has been a Member of the UK Parliament since the General Election of 2017 representing Dumfries and Galloway. He won with a whopping 43.3% of the vote and ousting the sitting SNP MP who got 32.4%. Since then he has been rather quiet in the House of Commons. They Work For You is an excellent site for checking how our representatives vote." https://theorkneynews.scot
Professor Alston lays the blame for the appalling levels of poverty in the UK firmly with the austerity agenda driven by successive UK Governments since 2010 – so that’s both Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs who in a coalition pact went about destroying the ‘social safety‘ net of the UK’s welfare system.......
14 million people in the UK are today living in poverty that’s 1/5 of the population. And of that number 1.5 million cannot even afford the basics to survive. This is a UK state, which despite being the 5th largest economy in the world, is not just failing its people, it is destroying the very fabric of society. https://theorkneynews.scot
"Hard Brexit is then not about giving up rules. It’s all about adopting different rules. Rules that cost jobs. And impose cost on business. And harm their cash flows, which could send many under. And which means we breach our legal obligations in Ireland, making new deals with anyone nigh on impossible. Whilst protecting UK public services from abuse will be exceptionally hard. And enforcing the law will be much more difficult. And this summary only scratches the surface of the issues. This is not project fear. It’s the reality of a ruinously harmful proposal that only the insane, the uninformed and the stupidly reckless would promote." https://www.taxresearch.org.uk
"At a quick glance it looks like a London job adds almost exactly three times as much value to the UK economy as a whole as a South Scotland job. And let's be honest, a quick glance is often taken as plenty to dismiss the economics of independence in the media. But there is a problem, which is that the 'agglomeration effect' is measured without any reference to the many other factors which influence GVA. The Sheffield University report strips those factors out one by one to assess what like-for-like productivity would be." https://www.commonspace.scot
The Claim – Independent Scotland cannot afford to establish an independent civil service.
The Truth – Scotland already pays for most of the extra civil and public servants we would need but they are based in England and Wales, their taxes are not counted as Scottish and they do not benefit Scotland’s economy by spending money in Scotland. http://www.businessforscotland.com
"As well as enjoying four times our population share of the UK ’s natural wealth we produce about double our population share of the UK’s food at roughly 16.1%. This includes 18.3% of total UK cattle and 70% of the UK’s fish landings, of which 60% is then exported." http://www.businessforscotland.com