An independent Scotland would need to cut spending or increase taxes for its finances to be sustainable in the long term, a think tank has warned. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said an independent Scotland would face a "fiscal gap" of 1.9% of national income, compared to 0.8% for the UK. This would require significant spending cuts or tax rises, the report said. Finance Secretary John Swinney said the analysis "underlines the case for an independent Scotland".
Shetland has no intention of playing its oil card and pushing for its own independence, the council leader has told me. Gary Robinson says that would be too greedy. It would mean far more wealth than Shetland could possibly use. Whether in Edinburgh or London, others should be grateful - because Shetland has already had around a third of the UK's offshore oil from waters around it. And with the big new developments to its easy and west, it could expect to have roughly half.
It was Friday 4 May 2007, at 5.20pm, when the Scottish parliamentary result for the Highlands and Islands result was finalised. David Thompson filled the last vacant seat. The SNP had one more MSP than Labour. On that tiny margin, Alex Salmond built a minority administration. Ten years later, and now dominant in Scottish politics, how does the Scottish National Party's economic record look? I've been asking that question for a forthcoming book of essays: 'The Nation Changed?
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