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By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Concerns over the future of the Clydesdale Bank have prompted renewed calls for Scotland to be given more economic powers in order to protect the Scottish economy.
 
The calls follow an announcement yesterday from the bank’s owners, National Australia Bank (NAB), that they are reviewing their UK operations as a result of the economic policies being pursued by the Westminster Government.


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By Russell Bruce

There’s that old joke that if you ask 10 economists a question you will get 11 answers. If one thing is certain the numbers and opinions being bandied about by economists, think tanks and Uncle Tom Cobley and all is set to rise exponentially as the Independence Referendum gathers pace.

In the latest edition of the National Institute Economic Review there is an interesting article by Dr Angus Armstrong.


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By G.A.Ponsonby
 
A claim by UK energy minister Charles Hendry that the independence referendum is causing uncertainty in the oil and gas industry has been ridiculed by the Scottish government.
 
Mr Hendry said that the independence referendum was “a point of uncertainty that could cause concern” to oil and gas firms.


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SNP MSP Adam Ingram has welcomed the launch of the Scottish Government’s new Youth Employment Strategy, Scotland’s ninth National Economic Forum, held today in Edinburgh.
 
The draft strategy, which consolidates and builds on the work already being done by the Scottish Government to create jobs and help young people into work, was launched by First Minister Alex Salmond and the UK’s first dedicated Youth Employment Minister Angela Constance, who both took part in a face-to-face with young workers.


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By John Jappy

As a civil servant in London, and being part of the establishment, I always accepted the general view that an independent Scotland would not be able to survive on its own without financial help from the London Exchequer.

However, when in 1968 I was able to examine the so-called “books” for the first time, I was shocked to find that the position was exactly the opposite and that Scotland contributed much more to the UK economy than its other partners.  This was, of course, before the oil boom.


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The £5.7 million Drumbrae Library hub in Edinburgh – the first project to be delivered by the Scottish Futures Trust Hub Scheme – has opened to the public.


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By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Korean giant Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) is to base its first European offshore wind project in Fife in an inward venture worth up to £100m that is expected to create more than 500 new jobs in Scotland.
 
The announcement came at the Scottish Offshore Wind and Supply Chain Conference in Aberdeen, at which First Minister Alex Salmond was delivering a keynote speech.