Royal Bank of Scotland, Bank of Scotland, Scottish Nationalists - I am embarrassed.
In a written answer on 9 Jul 2007 by John Swinney (Scottish National Party)
Really John, really? John should know, he was a research officer for the Scottish Coal Project (1987-1988), a senior management consultant with Development Options (1988-1992), and a strategic planning principal with Scottish Amicable (1992-1997) before his leap into single issue campaigning politics courtesy of the SNP.
"The Scottish government is determined that Scotland can and will do better.
We want to make this country a wealthier and fairer, healthier and smarter place. The performance of Norway, Iceland and Ireland demonstrates exactly what we should aspire to in Scotland. These countries form an arc of prosperity that surrounds us, which proves that this is something we can achieve.
The policies we put in place will improve our performance giving Scotland a clear competitive edge and helping us achieve our overarching aim of strong sustainable economic growth.
I want John and Alex Salmond to apologise to the UK as a whole; they were content to stand on the lines watching the demands for contrition being made of Gordon Brown without comment. In my opinion the time has come for the SNP to apologise, in particular you owe the liberal and left wing Scots who voted for and supported you, often against their natural revulsion of Nationalist politics.
Both Alex and John are products of the same banking system that leaves the UK tottering on the edge of financial calamity.
The English nationalists are making the MSM and the blogosphere extremely uncomfortable for all Scots - and they are entirely justified in their disapprobation of our Darien regime.
The one group who fail to accept this reality are the Scottish Nationalists who still believe tartan tat, whiskey, shortbread, oil and hydro/wind power will somehow guarantee a future wealthy tartan trimmed idyll bathing in the Northern Lights - if only we could shake off those nasty English, Welsh and Irish and go it alone.
Scottish Nationalists also tend to emphasise the financial benefits they believe we will garner from independence, in light of the collapse of our financial sector and the historical approval and involvement of SNP politicians this is starting to look a bit like endemic greed in the SNP rather than concern over what is best for Scotland - do you have to be greedy to be a Nationalist? It's beginning to look that way...
It is time wake up - Scotland is bust and if it wasn't for the Union the Nationalists so despise we would be queuing at soup kitchens, in debt to the IMF, have troops on the streets and would be, like our Icelandic cousins, trying to work out how to fish and farm again.
Scotland's financial sector is a laughing stock, a pathetic shadow of the prudent stereotype it once was. We did have a reputation for financial services, and we have turned that positive reputation 180 - to infamy, a financial sector that is a byword for calamitous greed and abject failure. So the next time a Nationalist drone tells me we would 'better off' as an independent nation - I warn you now; I will tear your fucking arms off and use them to beat your head to a bloody pulp...