Saturday, 13 August 2011

European uniformity trumps the Scottish national interest?

In last weekend's Scotland on Sunday Duncan Hamilton claimed a successful eurozone entails "proud nations accepting a European uniformity rather than responding to the instinctive desire to protect and promote their national interest".

Which would seem to militate against greater Scottish autonomy in the context of retaining sterling.

By the same token, if an 'independent' Scotland joined the eurozone, she would presumably have to accept "European uniformity" rather than "protect and promote" the "national interest".

It's also curious how Mr Hamilton does not differentiate in terms of size regarding "the very countries which need to change the most" also being "those least likely to be allowed to do so by voters". However, as regards Ireland and Iceland, he says the "advantages of small, nimble, responsive nations in a crisis is striking."

Of course, the fact that he also manages to make a virtue of the contrasting responses of both Ireland and Iceland to their debt problems - "over-achieving" in its deficit reduction and default respectively - perhaps suggests a degree of rhetorical contrivance.

Indeed, given the need for decisive action and the external influences involved, perhaps Mr Hamiltion is making a virtue of necessity when he talks of the "small, nimble and responsive nations in a crisis".

And perhaps he should have cited the lumbering behemoth that is the UK with regard to decisive action taken to avert a possible sovereign debt crisis, but on the other hand I suspect Mr Hamilton wasn't particularly impressed by that either.

(This was initially drafted as a letter to the newspaper, but for various reasons was never sent. But this explains the less long-winded than usual nature of the post!)

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Be thankful we're not independent yet, because you can bet had this been achieved a few years ago, we would now have the Euro and all the entails. And because of the oil, Scotland would be taking on a bigger share of other debt.

Going independent to be part of an even bigger "united kingdom" is not what most people want, I would suspect.

Oh, and speaking of oil, it seems that some nationalists are referring to the current leak in the North Sea as an "English" problem. Funny, I thought they told us it was Scotland's oil.

Hypocrisy is not unique to unionism it would seem.

Stuart Winton said...

Thanks - and I hadn't caught onto the fact that the oil spillage was being characterised as English problem.

Funny, when the tax on the oil companies was in the news earlier this year it was considerd an attack on *Scotland's* oil industry.

Anonymous said...

More mind boggling uniformity from the EU.

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2011:205:0031:0032:EN:PDF

Stuart Winton said...

Funny, I was just thinking about the ignition propensity of cigarettes last night.

As I'm sure many people were!!