One of the most iniquitous parts of the Scottish independence debate is the rapidity with which multi-nationals say they will consider leaving Scotland if the Scots population, their workforce, has the temerity to vote to leave the UK.
Such businessmen speak only for themselves and their companies profits. They have no interest in the well being or happiness of the Scottish population as a whole. It is pure self interest from the fat cats.
But is it even relevant? If Scotland voted to remain in the UK these same companies could up sticks and relocate the day after the vote to other regimes where they can make higher profits, usually by paying their workers less and paying less tax. Yet these people are given huge amounts of TV time by the London based media which also has no interest in the welfare of the Scottish people.
I watched Niall Ferguson's outstanding programme on how the First World War started. He used a few well chosen statistics. One I did not know was that the percentage of the Scots killed and maimed in WWI was much higher than in England. I knew that was true of the ANZAC forces but not of the Scottish regiments. That alone is a strong reason for Scotland to leave the UK.
Worse was the way the British Liberal party political elite, Asquith (Balliol), Grey ( Balliol) & Churchill (Harrow). Although Llyod George came in as an articled clerk and son of a schoolmaster he was the one person who could have stopped the deployment of the BEF. He did not for pure party political reasons. It would have brought down the Liberal government and probaly brought the Tories to power in the subsequent election. Over a million UK citizens died to keep Llyod George's bum on a cabinet seat. The order of priorities for politicains does not change, me first, keep the opposition out second and who cares about the country.
Ferguson's telling counterfactual was that if we had kept out of WWI we would now be living in a Europe no different from today's EU and ruled by Germany as we have now.
Wars cannot stop the tide of history they only get more people killed more quickly.
Roll on Scottish independence.