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Scottish independence: Give me liberty or £500

Scotland would prosper from independence if it became more self-confident and resisted complacent self-congratulation

By John Kay  

“One of the most serious problems has been the drain of Scottish business out of the country”: apprentice fabricators in Glasgow weld the date of Scotland’s independence referendum onto steel © Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

In the 2011 Scottish Social Attitudes survey, respondents were asked how they would vote in a referendum if independence would make them £500 per year better off. They would vote in favour, by around two to one. If independence would make them £500 per year worse off, the result would be a two to one majority…

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