SNP PPC for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross

A newsletter has just popped through my door introducing me to Jean Urquhart, Councillor for Ward 6 (Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh) of the Highland region and now SNP PPC for my Westminster constituency in the upcoming General Election.

The eye was caught by the headline which proclaimed that Scotland was “the only nation to have discovered oil, but ended up poorer”. Quite apart from the question of which economic indices were being used, and that of Scotland being a nation but not necessarily a country which didn’t receive and well as deliver to other regions in the UK, my immediate thoughts were of the Dutch Disease and kleptocracy endemic in West African states; not limited to but especially Nigeria’s oil-producing regions.

There is a big world out there, and Scotland is but one wee scrap of it.

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2 Responses to “SNP PPC for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross”

  1. subrosa Says:

    You’re obviously not going to vote for her then. :)

    Scotland is a nation and a country along with England, Ireland and Wales. Then you’ll possibly disagree because you use the EU word ‘regions’.

  2. efrafandays Says:

    I doubt it ;)

    I used nation to refer to a population bound both by geography and common experience, which would apply to Scotland. She is not, however, a country which suggests territorial jurisdiction and containment… as in the UK.

    Region simply was a reference to intra-state areas.

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