Imagine all the new IT contracts up for grabs when an independent Scotland starts putting together its public bodies.
Scotland shares over 200 institutions as part of the UK, which might have to be split if more than 50% of votes say ‘yes’ to independence.
In April I interviewed Steria’s UK head John Torrie about its merger with Sopra. He told me at the time the deal could also help Steria expand into Scotland, where Sopra has a bigger business. So suppliers see the opportunity.
A few weeks ago I didn’t think there was any chance that Scotland’s electorate would vote for independence. But today I feel like it is almost inevitable.
I don’t pretend to be an expert in economics and I am normally one for countries working together and unifying. I think the European Union is a good thing for example.
But there is something about the Scottish independence debate that has made me change my stance. Not on Europe, but on it being better for the Scottish that Scotland is in the UK
I think if I was voting in the referendum today I would vote yes even if it is not the best thing. This would be driven by mistrust of Westminister.
Scotland has a population a little over 5 million out of a total in the UK of over 64 million. It accounts for about a third of the land area. OK you might say half of the land is uninhabitable, but this is not the case if you are a wind turbine or a wave power generator.
Imagine 5 million people, passionate about their country, working together for the common good. Rather than 64 million people all moving in different directions.
The desperation of the main UK party leaders, and Nick Clegg, to stop the “Yes” campaign snowball through the offer of more devolved powers is just reminding people that it was the PM that denied voters that option on the ballot paper.
And the visit of the party leaders to Scotland will probably just turn more people turn away from the ‘no’ campaign. Three of the London establishment coming to tell the Scottish that they love them, that won’t work. Being half Scottish myself with relatives north of the border I have a good feel for how many will see this.
David Cameron’s declarations of love for Scotland are certainly not returned with only one Conservative MP in Scotland.
The UK electoral system, first past the post, leads to what is often known as an elective dictatorship where most people are stuck with a government they did not vote for. This is the case in Scotland.
Whatever happens at least it will be the Scots that decide rather than a government in London that hardly any of them voted for.