Monday 21 June 2004

Rich Norway, poor Scotland?

I have been visiting Norway for the past 9 days and can't help but being impressed by the prosperity and cleanliness of the country. Is this due to all that North Sea oil money? Perhaps, as the SNP would claim, it's because Norway is independent. Then again, Norway is outside the EU and retains control of its fishing industry which seems to be so very important here.

It looks like Scotland is to come into some unexpected cash:

This will give Mr McConnell a budget enjoyed by no other comparable leader in the EU. Scotland’s health spending, as a share of the economy, will be the highest not just in the 25-member European Union, but in the developed world.
No doubt McConnell will waste the cash on typical Labour boondoggles. If he must spend taxpayers' money why not invest in a world-class transport system like Norway's?

1 comment:

David Farrer said...

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Stuart Dickson (
Norway may be outside the EU, but they pay a king's ransom in subscrition fees to the European Economic Area. 
The UKIP advocates such a policy: pay for EEA membership, but exclude yourself from voting: absolute codswallop.

26 June 2004, 21:00:50 GMT+01:00
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David (
I agree with A I Dodge. 
Though perhaps in the distant future we just might.

22 June 2004, 19:09:12 GMT+01:00
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Andrew Ian Dodge (
Nope...probably not.

21 June 2004, 17:57:58 GMT+01:00
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Andrew Duffin (
"Scotland’s health spending...will be the the developed world" 
I thought it already was. And the service is the worst in the developed world because it is all provided via the public sector. 
And all that is about to get still worse. 
Will we never learn?

21 June 2004, 12:27:53 GMT+01:00