British nationalists shall, of course, insist that losses to Scotland’s economy incurred as a consequence of Brexit will be offset by gains. And they will demand that these gains be taken into account at all times. Before moving on to pointing out the serious flaws in this argument – such as the fact that the supposed gains are hypothetical to the point of wishful thinking – we might well take a moment to point out that these same British nationalists weren’t so punctilious during the first Scottish independence referendum.
When did Better Together/Project Fear ever allow that there might be gains for Scotland from restoring its independence? When did their accomplices in the media ever take account of the fact that independent Scotland would no longer be liable for any part of the cost of Trident; or of the Westminster machine; or of the British state’s various vanity projects in England?
When did any British nationalist ever acknowledge that independence might have economic benefits as well as costs? When did they ever portray independence as anything other than inevitably a sky-collapsing disaster for Scotland?
When you hear those same British nationalists spinning fantastical yarns about the coming economic bonanza of gains from Scotland being dragged out of the EU against the will of its people, ask them if they can recall any of the gains from independence that they were eager to tell Scottish voters about in order that they might make an informed choice.
Having thus embarrassed them, you can move on to a thorough scrutiny of their claims about the economic benefits of Brexit.Views: 1847
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