*Part 2 – Irrefutable Proof that it’s not Scotland that’s too poor to be independent, its England!

Yesterday I released a blog post (Part 1) on how it’s actually England that is too poor to be independent, not Scotland and it has been shared far and wide in the 12 hours since its release.  Over the past 12 hours, it has been viewed over 6,000 times with over 70,000 Twitter impressions so far, so thank you all for sharing!  Lets see if we can match it with this blog post?

Below is a continued list of another 8 areas that I have broken down.  At the foot of the blog post are all the links you will need to confirm the numbers.

I have used a population figure of 5,250,000 for Scotland and 55,000,000 for England.

So let’s look at the breakdown.


Fresh Water

This was a really, really hard one to figure out.  In the end I had to simply give England a huge benefit of the doubt.  Scottish fresh water reserves are easy to find.  A survey was conducted around the 1900s into all the lochs of Scotland (Source 1).  The resulting volume was estimated at 28 Trillion litres.  Trying to find out how much reserves England had was literally impossible.  All I could go on was the known fact that Loch Ness has more water than all of England and Wales combined (Source 2), so I gave them a fresh water reserve of 7 trillion litres, which is the volume of Loch Ness.

Scottish people have the equivalent of 5,500,000 litres of water per head, English residents have only 135,000 litres per head, and that’s me being very kind!

Scotland 1-0 England!


According to the EEF (sources 3 and 4), Scotland has a manufacturing industry as of 2018 worth £14.4 billion.  England, when adding all of the English regions as listed on their site and infographic video has a manufacturing industry worth some £146.5 billion.  Broken down across the population per head, Scotland has a manufacturing industry worth £2,743 per head versus England’s £2,664 per head.

Scotland 2-0 England!

Coal Supplies

Scotland has a known surface mine coal reserve of 33,021,000,000 kg as per source 5.  England has a known surface mine coal reserve of 11,980,000,000 kg as per source 5.  That means Scotland has more coal reserves per head than England.  Each Scot has an equivalent of 6,290 kg versus just 218 kg in England.

Scotland 3-0 England!


Scotland has 15 Universities and 20 further education Colleges, giving 35 in total as per sources 6 and 7.  England has 106 Universities and 179 further education Colleges giving a total of 285 as per sources 8 and 9.  This gives a ratio of 1 establishment of further education to every 150,000 Scottish residents.  In England the figure is 1 establishment of further education to every 192,982 residents.

Scotland 4-0 England!

Road Network

Scotland has a total road network of 34,000 miles.  This includes all types of roads as per source 10.  England has a total road network length of 187,500 miles according to source 11.  This means that Scotland has twice as much road network per population as residents in England with Scotland having 9.7 metres of road per head compared to only 4.8 metres of road for those who live in England.

Scotland 5-0 England!


Scotland has a Construction industry worth £7.1 Billion according to source 12.  The UK has a Construction industry worth £71 Billion according to source 13.  Getting the numbers for England involves looking at Wales and Northern Ireland and then removing theirs along with Scotlands from the UK total.  Wales has an industry worth £3.537 Billion, Northern Ireland has one worth £3.031 Billion.  That leaves England with a Construction Industry worth £57.3 Billion.

In other words, a Scottish per head equivalent is £1,352, where as an English head equivalent is £1,042.

Scotland 6-0 England!

Nursing Staff

Scotland currently employs 59,400 nursing and midwifery staff, England currently employs 309,000 nursing and midwifery staff, both according to source 15.  This gives a ratio of 1 nurse to every 88 Scottish residents.  In England the figure is 1 nurse for every 178 residents.

Scotland 7-0 England!

Teaching Staff

Scotland currently employs 51,500 teaching staff across all areas of education, according to source 16.  England currently employs 451,900 teaching staff across all areas of education, according to source 17.  This gives a ratio of 1 teacher to every 102 Scottish residents.  In England the figure is 1 teacher for every 122 residents.

Scotland 8-0 England!

Now you can read this any way you want, as well as the 11 other areas i examined yesterday.  I read it simply as this…

It’s not Scotland that is too poor to be independent, its England!

*Note – To any Unionists who feel that all they can bring to my blog via the comments is to comment on grammar and spelling, your comment will be deleted.


Fresh Water

Source 1

Source 2


Source 3

Source 4

Coal Supplies

Source 5 (table 3)


Source 6

Source 7

Source 8

Source 9

Road Network

Source 10

Source 11


Source 12

Source 13

Source 14 – page 16

Nursing Staff

Source 15

Teaching Staff

Source 16

Source 17


11 thoughts on “*Part 2 – Irrefutable Proof that it’s not Scotland that’s too poor to be independent, its England!

  1. Scotland doesn’t rely on commodities. As you will see from my information, Scotland out performs in all the 19 areas I looked at. If Scotland relies on commodities but out performs England, what does that say about England going forward as a going concern?

    Scotland is tackling what it can regards GW. It aims to be carbon neutral but 2030.


  2. That’s your problem. You see them as expenses, i see them as investments but i expect with a username such as yours, and the fact that your comment is the third such comment of the exact same nature since i wrote the blog, it must be irritating those who wish to see Scotland subservient.

    The point in the articles (both) is to highlight that Scotland is out performing in all the areas i looked at Vs England. That in itself should illustrate to anyone who cares to look objectively that if England and its Brexit fantasy can be enabled in the name of regaining ‘independence’ for England, then why do they keep Scotland locked into the Union?

    The answer is illustrated by my blog posts. That answer, if you care to be shown, is that having an independent Scotland take its resources off of the Treasury books and spend 100% of all general taxation on 5 million people may very well show Scotland as a wealthy nation in comparison and polarise those south of the border as they look north and wonder why Westminster is screwing them over.

    I don’t particularly care to engage further on the matter, thanks for reading and good luck!

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  3. Its an impossible figure to ascertain in the current fiscal make up of the UK. Scotlands finances are estimated via GERS. They are estimated whilst Scotland is in the Union. They do not project Scotlands fiscal position out of the Union.

    The only way to know 100% for sure is to be independent and recieve 100% of general taxation via a Scottish Treasury.

    The same applies in other rUK countries.

    Can you tell me the figure for any rUKs general taxation take next year? Or the year after? No you cannot and i wouldnt expect you to guess it either so why would you expect me to guess it?


  4. There is no convincing some Edward. However, the last thing I’ll say on it is this…

    If Scotland had full fiscal control, it could choose a government to spend the money on things that matter I.e. no nuclear weapons, no illegal wars, no arming Saudi, no aircraft carriers, no HS2, no Hinkley…the list goes on.

    Having full fiscal control would also allow Scotland to invest in what it feels it needs to rather than what it must I.e. mitigating Tory austerity.

    Independence is more than just economics. It’s a state of being and it’s not a revolutionary act…It’s normal.

    This is my last comment on the matter. Thanks for engaging!

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  5. Very interesting read. Thanks for going to the trouble of digging through the data.

    The issue I encountered in 2013/14 was not a lack of data however, it was an emotional hurdle placed in front of the older generations, either retired or approaching retirement. They were sewn seeds of doubt with regards to their pension payments by the Better Together campaign, and time after time they told me that they would love to see Scotland free but they just couldn’t risk their pensions.

    Bill Clinton made that observation I think, people vote for their own pockets so whatever other policies and prospects you want to offer, make sure people see a financial bonus coming their way and you’ve won.

    If only that was easy eh? Obviously it’s not. The entire YES campaign group were laden with leaflets on everything we needed to show just how wealthy an Independent Scotland would be, but the old saying, “a lie is half way round the world whilst the truth is getting it’s shoes on” came into play.

    Project Fear worked, and it will be wheeled out, dusted off and used again. We can present even more compelling factual information all we want, people will still think they are better with the devil they know, and until the day comes when Westminster MP’s are forbidden to lie in Parliament, under threat of prosecution, campaigns like Project Fear and Vote Leave will continue to spin and win.

    On the upside, trust in Holyrood is building. That’s a long game happening with each passing day, subconciously but effectively nevertheless. Life in Scotland is now measurably better than in England and that means all Scots have something to lose if devolution was ever threatened.

    Brexit then is an opportunity to slip a cheeky thermometer up Scotland’s arse and take the political temperature. Maybes aye and maybes naw but we can surely ask our folk what they think? Is it seen as an impending disaster for generations to come, or a golden opportunity to hoard Scotland’s wealth inside the castle walls?


  6. Great work MacAlba – thank you! Only question I had / have is on the road networks when Scotland is so poorly serviced by motorways. This issue was amplified by a Christopher Bruce post on the Spider Principle facebook site today that I answered as best I could. Keep up the good work – and thanks again for your inspiring blog!

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