We live in a society wherein the corporate sector is expected, indeed required, to maximise short-term gain for the immediate benefit of shareholders and not necessarily for the good of the country and its people.
I wonder whether things would be any different in an independent or quasi-independent Scotland. The evidence does not suggest they would be.
For instance, the Scottish Government’s energy strategy is designed to maximise corporate income from onshore wind subsidies even if there is no evidence from objective sources that current policies are founded on the most cost-effective strategy for reducing CO2 emissions, creating local jobs and promoting inward investment.
The turbine, in its relentless march across our land, is a symbol not of the fight against climate change but of the role neo-liberal economics plays in Nationalist thinking encompassing huge rentals paid to already rich landlords and increasing fuel poverty in a country which already has the second highest levels in Europe.
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