In Scotland the price of housing, both rented and owner-occupied, is considerably less than costs in the south of England. That's the result of a lower density of population. In a free market economy we would expect Scottish workers to accept wages less than those available down south and that in turn would encourage businesses to relocate up here.
But we don't have a free market economy, do we? In fact, Scotland has one of the largest state employment sectors in Europe. And as long as many of those government workers are paid the southeast-dominated UK rate this means that private Scottish companies have great difficulty in attracting suitably qualified workers. Why work in the private sector for lower wages, less holidays, less tolerance of time off "sick" and, especially, far less pension entitlement? And why bother to even think about starting your own business in these circumstances?
One of the attractions on an independent Scotland is that it would be forced to think seriously along these lines. An independent Scotland would have no reason to offer government workers rates geared to conditions in London.
I am posting an interesting video from Peter Schiff who is running for the US Senate.
The biggest industry in American Samoa was Tuna canning.The Scottish economy suffers in exactly the same way.
Socialist politicians in Washington legislated to have the US mainland minimum wage law applied to American Samoa.
After this, some of the canning plants closed down and moved to the US mainland and thousands of Samoans lost their jobs. At the mainland wage level it no longer made economic sense to process offshore where incidentally the cost of living for the workers was considerably less than on the mainland.
Ships that had previously taken the canned Tuna to the mainland had brought a large variety of other goods on the return journey from the US itself. Without the outgoing Tuna cargoes the incoming trips became uneconomic. So the Samoans lost their jobs and had their cost of living increased. Thanks government!
Let the SNP speak out.
I'm still waiting...