The Scotsman commonly conceals the political affiliations of their columnists:

John McLellan, Conservative

Gina Davidson, Labour

Biran Monteith, Brexit

Now, older readers will remember that Brian Wilson is New Labour but Murdo Fraser is only a list Conservative MSP, so maybe less well-known. Readers should know where the writer is ‘coming from’, so Fraser is a Tory but also Orange. It’s a free country but of interest I think when evaluating his writing.

Today he joins a few others given space by the Scotsman, the Herald and BBC Scotland to argue that it’s lucky we didn’t go solo back in 2014 or we’d be in even deeper poo now. It opens with:

The UK has sent £10 billion to help Scotland deal with Covid-19 but, like Oliver Twist, the SNP is asking for more despite its claims that Scotland can stand on its own two feet, writes Murdo Fraser.

No wheel need be reinvented. Here’s what I wrote only three days ago:

If we had left the Union by, say 2016, we’d have had several years of quite high oil prices and be using the Euro.

Far more important we’d only be watching with sadness the horrors that the Johnson regime is inflicting on the people of Rumpuk. Like the other small nations of Northern Europe, we’d have locked down weeks earlier and, crucially, we’d be controlling the flow of air travellers into Scotland.

Probably, after earlier private care home scandals, such as that in 2015, we’d have long since had a review leading to nationalisation and integration within the NHS.

Our own government departments would have developed their own trading links for PPE.

Free movement within the EU would have ensured no staff shortages in health or care services and our universities would have attracted some of the best medical researchers to help in this fight.

Here’s what two readers added: