"I think Scotland’s been pretty much dragged in to this recession – our fundamentals were pretty good."
So, an independent Scotland would have escaped The World (there’s the clue) recession?
ENTERPRISE Minister Jim Mather was derided by his political opponents yesterday for sticking by the SNP's controversial claims that Scotland should follow the so-called "arc of prosperity" of Iceland, Ireland and Norway.
When Mr Mather's office was contacted by The Scotsman yesterday, officials stuck to the same view, despite the fact that Iceland is in the grip of an economic disaster and Ireland's economy is suffering from a deep recession.
The SNP surely has done the decent thing by now and given the “Arc” a quiet and dignified burial?
Not on your nelly; they might be in that hole, but instead of pushing back the earth ,they’re still feverishly digging away:
Instead, a spokesman for Mr Mather stressed that the blog had been written in December 2007 and that Norway was expecting growth of 1.3 per cent this year.
He added: "And while Ireland is certainly in recession, it is far wealthier per head than the UK, and likely will emerge from the recession more prosperous than the UK."
Really? Says who?
I may think it’s “likely” Manchester City will win this season’s Premiership, however without a bit more than simple bombast to back up my prediction, most sensible people will probably laugh at me.