Forsooth, here is a prediction of the Scottish oil industry’s future after a No vote. Gaze into the crystal ball...
You see a future, sad Scotland, held in a dark prison of oily lies since 1974 when Professor McCrone reported to the Westminster government that Scotland’s oil reserves would “transform Scotland into a country with substantial and chronic surplus to quite an embarrassing degree and its currency would become the hardest in Europe”. The McCrone Report was concealed by successive UK governments for 30 years, while they insisted that you Scots were subsidy junkies.
You see a future of murky waters. In the 1980s, the Ministry of Defence stopped the development of the Clyde Basin Oilfield so that nuclear submarines could continue to consume your billions while keeping you from more billions. A Clyde oil boom could have ensured the health of shipbuilding and transformed the economy of the south-west.
Read oil about it at http://auldacquaintance.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/read-oil-about-it/.
You see, floating forever above the waves beyond Berwick, the words of former British ambassador Craig Murray: “In 1999, Tony Blair, abetted by the Scottish traitor Donald Dewar, redrew the existing English/Scottish maritime boundary to annex 6,000 square miles of Scottish waters to England, including the Argyll Field and six other major oilfields. The idea was to specifically disadvantage Scotland’s case for independence.” – http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2012/01/scotlandengland-maritime-boundaries/.
If referred to the International Court of Justice, this annexation could have been found to flout internationally -agreed maritime zoning criteria.
Scotland just does not benefit from the UK’s piratical management of our oil, does it? On his recent visit north to case the joint for the next raid, Prime Minister David Cameron should have accessorised his hard hat with a black mask and a swag bag over his broad shoulders.