Scotland has a long and noteworthy history of banking. Money, savings
and investing is entrenched in the culture and society. Edinburgh is the fourth largest financial centre in Europe (after
London, Frankfurt and Paris). Much of this reputation has arisen from its history of innovation over the last three hundred years. The Bank of Scotland, established
in 1695, one year after the Bank of England by an Act of the Scottish Parliament, illustrates the prevailing attitude to the
creation of money in that era. A list of banking innovations is a useful background of Scottish banking activities.
The City of London is the granddaddy of financial empires. Anglophiles
are eager to point out all the achievements of expanding civilization and exporting the dominant economic model that the British
Empire established in the colonial period. Control of indigenous cultures has been a dominant objective within the commonwealth
association. Scotland knows this lesson better than most. Therefore, news report at Banks Threaten To Leave
Scotland If People Vote For Independence, is totally consistent in the world of high power politics.
"Some of the biggest banks in Scotland are threatening
to leave if the people there vote for independence from Britain. In a move designed
to pressure the people of Scotland to stay within the UK, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group have said they
will relocate if Scotland votes for independence in an upcoming referendum."
English society maintains class distinctions and privileges
within the United Kingdom. Many Scots may accept serving the Crown, but tolerating second-class citizenship insults the proud
heritage of the highlands. The case for Scottish Independence would seem to be logical and rational, especially if the direction
is to leave the oppressive dictates of European Union bureaucrats in a future break.
"In a March speech in Edinburgh, Salmond quoted a professor named Tony Travers, who said, "London is the
dark star of the economy, inexorably sucking in resources, people, and energy. Nobody quite knows how to control it."
"UK debt – in theory – would be viewed
by financial markets as a riskier bet since there is a remote possibility an independent Scotland would refuse take its share,
estimated to be about £120bn. The effect of a smaller UK carrying the same debt burden would be to push up debt-to-GDP
ratios, currently about 75%, by about seven percentage points. In practice, however, markets might take that event in their
stride. The Treasury has already affirmed its commitment to service all gilts in all circumstances; the possibility of interest
rates being lower for longer might even push gilt yields lower.
it is the currency question that now obsesses the City. "The most important specific risk, in our view, is that the uncertainty
over whether an independent Scotland would be able to retain sterling as its currency could result in an EMU-style currency
crisis occurring within the UK," Kevin Daly, senior economist at Goldman Sachs, said yesterday."
of British business leaders have been voicing fears about a "Yes" vote in recent days. The right wing Centre for
Policy Studies think-tank became the latest group to weigh in with a report warning of a "severe" risk. The CPS
claims there is a £13.8bn hole in the Scottish nationalists’ budget plans as North Sea oil will run out faster
than expected while public sector costs will rise and financial-services firms will quit Scotland.
Many in the City still have the jitters about the Scottish vote. Leading firms could be facing a £100bn pension
funding gap under European rules which demand pensions must be fully funded if they are deemed to be "cross-border"
because of Scottish independence. Royal Bank of Scotland is said to have a £5.6bn gap."
"Given the Scottish economy is around £146bn (including the oil industry),
this suggests that reserves totalling around £36bn would be needed if Scotland chose ‘sterlingisation’ -
ie, using the pound without a currency deal.
The governor indicated
that Scotland could start independence with around £15bn of reserves, depending on negotiations ahead of break-up."
The Scottish vote on independence is a remarkable event. While the polls may not
accurately reflect the sentiment of the Scots, the fact is that the City of London will use all their influence and punishments,
if the tally goes against the interests.
Scotland has a chance
to fire a new shot heard round the world, this time in the backyard of the financial elites. Is it possible to break
ties with the New World Order peacefully, or will the consequences of a successful separation be so high that a majority of
Scots will lose their nerve?
If any ethnic culture has the
courage to vote for independence, it would be the Scots. The destiny of a people is not written from the back offices of bankers
and accountants. The world should view the independence vote as a liberation watershed that could open up the financial prospects
of ordinary citizens.