Friday, March 25, 2005
Ireland has moved from having an average income two-thirds of ours to four-thirds; no small achievement.
Any nation which believes it has nothing to learn from the most successful in the world will learn nothing.
Mind you, I still think independence is an irrelevance and that the SNP’s "populist" policy of wishing to close the nuclear plants that now generate 55 per cent of our power without having any valid plans to replace them is insane. It is, however, an insanity shared by every other party in Holyrood.
I have believe that the pressure of letters like this is helping to shift the Scottish political agenda.In pure numbers the Scotsman cannot reach a high % of the population bit somehow I don't think the Record would publish anything as complicated or anti-Labour as this. On Friday there was a letter in reply to this largely requoting it altho', being SNP, not unreasonably taking issue with my opposition to independence. Specifically pointing out that Ireland couldn't have tried this experiment without independence.
My agenda is slowly turning to being exactly the opposite of The Scotsman's; ie. talk up our parliament, make sure we get quality politicians in place, agitate for more devolved powers, and make ourselves independent without the need for any constitutional angst. The SNP are rapidly becoming irrelevant, and that's their own fault.
I may be fooling myself but I do think that the the fact that corporation tax cuts in the Irish style are on the political agenda does owe a little to my letters on the subject. Obviously far more to the fact that Ireland visibly works. By comparison my failure to get the same subject debated by the LibDems, though they have since made some useful noises, suggests that writing letters to the papers is much more useful than working for a party - a conclusion I find depressing.