That is a winning line.
Speaking on BBC Scotland’s Debate Night, last Wednesday, Andrew Wilson, not everyone’s favourite economy adviser to Nicola, did punch home a really clear response to doubters:
- “If Scotland becomes independent in the next year – it won’t but let’s say it did – it would be the richest country ever to become an independent country.
- “Scotland’s taxation that it raises itself is enough to pay for all of the Scottish Government’s policy responsibilities, plus all of social security and all of pensions – absent Covid, in a normal year.”
- “Right now is a great time to do the transition … It will not be simple. It will be hard work. But it will be worth it.
- “The alternative is carrying on the way we are now. If you believe the critics we are subsidised. Is living off handouts a life? Is that the sum of our ambition as a country? No it isn’t.”
- “The UK model prioritises growth in the south east and transfers cash, the argument goes, to the regions and nations. That’s why Boris Johnson says we’ve got to level up. The best way to level up is to give people the power to look after themselves and make choices for themselves.”
That last one should appeal to Tories.
I like what he said and it has great clarity and oomph about it but I do still share, Leah Gunn Barrett’s thoughts:
For him to have any credibility, he needs to renounce the Growth Commission report and get on board with a Scottish currency and central bank as soon as possible. And he needs to tell Nicola as she doesn’t seem to listen to anyone but him.