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Re: “Open for discussion

Mr Malone purveyor of the too wee, too stupid, too poor Scotland line ... more of you later .. to the chase:

as the R&A is based at St Andrews in Scotland runs the Open Championship and is the most reactinary of sporting bodies I would suggest the 'British Open' will remain in safe hands including its new foray into Northern Ireland. I do not think that likes Royal St Georges or Liverpool would be best pleased if the new English Parliament sought to prevent them holding the 'Open' on grounds of mere spite. So the most famous Golf Championship in the world is safe for the odd aeon or so.. as a golfer I am assured that is the case.

Mr Malone - I find it worrying that folk like you seem to take the greatest of joy in running Scotland country down and belittling those who hope for better. For our US friends a few stats to think over when reading the likes of Mr Malone's UK Government propaganda stance:

The figures are all from UK Government Sources:

Scottish GDP 2009-10 £145 billion

Tax input to the UK 9.4% from 8.4% of the population

Contribution to UK Foreign exchange £46 billion (according to the UK Government record in Hansard approximately half of the UK's foreign exchange in 2009-10)

An independent Scotland would be in 6th or 7th place in the world for GDP per head of population - just behind Norway.

If Scotland takes on a per capita share of the UK Sovereign debt, on the day of independence that debt will represent 64% of Scotland's gdp

If Scotland had been independent at the time of the City of London / Wall Street banking crash in 2008 we would have been exposed to liabilities of £8.8 billion

The North Sea Oil and Gas fields have between 40 to 100 hundred years of production according to the UK Oil and Gas Trade Federation estimates and the expect tax take at present levels of production and taxation is estimated to be in the region of £1 trillion over the next decade. If the international boundary is returned to pre 1999 Blair fudge position around 93% of the oil and gas assets will lie on what will become Scottish waters in accordance with international treaty.

So - the Open is safe as 'British' is the appendage others give it and would the money people in Chicago be sensible to listen to UK Government too poor, too wee, too stupid propaganda and miss out investing in a Scottish economy that is powerful even under the dead hand of Westminster and can only get better once we have dropped the weight of Westminster's self agrandising attempts at remaining a 'world power'.

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Posted by Peter Thomson on 03/02/2012 at 2:40 AM

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