SNP: Dewar own goal - Scotland 7th richest country

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Craig Cockburn

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Monday 2 November 1998
SNP REVEAL SPECTACULAR DEWAR OWN GOAL
"MUST ACCEPT WE ARE 7TH RICHEST COUNTRY"

Scottish National Party leader Mr Alex Salmond MP today [Monday] accused
Scottish Secretary Donald Dewar of scoring a "spectacular own goal" by
accepting the SNP's assumption that 90 per cent of North Sea revenues
would accrue to an independent Scotland - since a House of Commons
Library
analysis in August showed that Scotland would be the 7th richest country
in the Organisation for Economic Development, in terms of gross domestic
product per head. Mr Salmond said:

"Donald Dewar's inept attack on the SNP over Euro entry has become a
spectacular own goal for New Labour.

"Donald has accepted the SNP's assumptions about including 90 per cent
of
North Sea revenues in Scottish GDP - so he has no choice but to accept
the
conclusions of the House of Commons Library analysis, which showed that
an
independent Scotland with control over our resources would be the 7th
richest country in the developed world.

"The House of Commons Library analysis put Scottish GDP per head at
$22,792 (including 90 per cent of North Sea tax revenues) - 19 per cent
higher than the UK's $19,153.

"It is absurd to suggest that the 7th richest country in the world is
too
poor to join the Euro. Scotland would be ahead of Denmark, Belgium,
Austria, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy, and most of the other
countries that will join the Euro. If fact, the only country in the EU
with a higher GDP per head than Scotland is Luxembourg!

"The only reason that Scotland does not feel like the 7th richest
country is because London controls our resources - so Labour are doubly
damaging Scotland. First, the London Treasury are raking in Scottish
North
Sea tax revenues, and giving us nothing back. And second, Labour are
keeping Scotland out of the low interest rate Euro zone.

"By accepting the SNP's assumption about 90 per cent of the North Sea
revenues being Scottish, Donald Dewar is hoist on his own petard."

Contact: SNP Press Office, tel: 01224 632202


Craig Cockburn ("coburn") http://www.scot.demon.co.uk/
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