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‘Absurd And Baseless!’ Former SNP Adviser Strongly Criticizes The Economic Argument For Independence In A ‘Devastating’ Critique

SNP adviser who queried independence (Credits: The Times)

Professor Mark Blyth, once an adviser to the Scottish National Party (SNP) government, has strongly criticized the argument for Scotland’s independence. He mainly targets the notion that an independent Scotland would mirror the success of Nordic countries.

Blyth served previously on the Scottish Government’s advisory council for economic transformation, so he deeply understands the financial implications. He pointed out the contradiction in criticizing Brexit as a disastrous move for the UK while advocating for what he sees as an even more drastic separation.

Blyth argues that the idea that Scotland’s situation could be equated to that of Nordic countries doesn’t hold up under scrutiny. He likened such comparisons to claiming supermodel status simply because one has legs—a humorous way to underline the gap between aspiration and reality.

Professor Mark Blyth (Credits: SeafoodSource)

Blyth elaborated on the economic dynamics, highlighting Scotland’s integration within the UK’s trade network. He emphasized the nation’s limited international trade and lack of global business leaders compared to Scandinavia’s small, successful economies.

During a speech at a nationalist economics festival in Dundee, Blyth stressed the importance of a solid economy to support a new Scottish currency, cautioning against the risk of becoming akin to “mini Argentina.”

He underscored the necessity for Scotland, as a small, open economy, to maintain a balance between imports and exports to ensure the credibility of its currency in the long run.

Liz Smith, the Scottish Tories’ shadow finance secretary (Credits:

Liz Smith, the Scottish Tories’ shadow finance secretary, responded to Blyth’s comments by describing them as a comprehensive critique of the economic arguments for Scottish independence, highlighting the significance of the critique coming from a former SNP Government adviser.

This conversation underscores the complexities and challenges of navigating the path toward independence, raising critical questions about the economic viability and strategic planning required for such a huge political shift.

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