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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 28th March 2007.

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Photo of Tony Blair Tony Blair Prime Minister 11:30 am, 28th March 2007

I did not criticise Sir George as a business man at all, but I criticised his view on independence, which I am entitled to do. Let me explain to the hon. Gentleman why I believe that separation is so wrong. Scotland benefits from the Union, just as England benefits from it. We are able to have a stronger Scottish economy with 200,000 more jobs and Scottish unemployment below the UK average for the first time in a generation. The hon. Gentleman's policies would not just tear Scotland out of the United Kingdom— [Interruption.]

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Joe Middleton
Posted on 31 Mar 2007 12:55 am (Report this annotation)

Note the constant use of the mantra about 'seperation' which Labour thinks will scare the Scots away from independence. Independence is in fact normality and Labour's negative campaigning and language give a good indication as to why they are being thrashed in this election!

The idea that Scotland - alone amongst the countries of the world - is uniquely incompetent to run our own affairs is absurd, patronising and wrong.

The union was never equal and it is not equal now. We need a fully powered government with powers over defence foreign affairs, broadcasting and all the other issues 'reserved' to Westminster.