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Journey to Yes #16 Economy

“There are choices to be made”. Richard Murphy of the the Tax Justice Network, and Professor of Practice in International Political Economy at City University, joins the dots between a Britain based on social justice and an independent Scotland.

“Scotland is facing a real choice about what it wants to be. And that isn’t about a national identity … but it’s much much more important than that its about how we value each other how we organise the economy how that impacts on ordinary peoples live and a rejection of a system that has fundamentally put ordinary people second to the interests of finance….”

Probably the most significant of Phantom Power’s Journey to Yes films. Please share.

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  1. Monica Worley says:

    Brilliant discussion! For wider viewing, it needs to be cut into 5 minute chunks. The last five minutes is powerful!

    1. ronald alexander mcdonald says:

      Couldn’t agree with you more Monica.

      “For 300 years Scotland has been treated as a second rate bit of the United Kingdom”. Well said Richard. It’s a tragedy that some Scots actually believe we are second rate.

      We have to explain the economic benefits, with our own currency, to release our huge potential.

  2. jack elliot says:


    Everyone who lives would receive the same minimum payment from the government each month regardless of your circumstances.

    That was an important consideration

    It was an interesting discussion


  3. Alf Baird says:

    With respect, this narrative seems conveyed in a rather London centric, condescending way, albeit seemingly supportive of an independent Scotland’s financial options, most of which are already known. National identity including culture is surely about how we value each other, they go together. Independence is about removing oppression and discrimination against Scots within our own nation. Scotland currently has an alien culture imposed on it, and this includes financial aspects affecting all of us here, as well as a multitude of other issues, from land ownership, to private schools, to the elites and privileged, to language, etc etc etc ad infinitum.

  4. Mike Fenwick says:

    When you watch this, listen out for the importance of Scotland creating and adopting its own independent currency. We could just wait for someone to give permission – is that what you are waiting for – someone’s permission? YES supporters do not need permission from anyone – they can participate in this project, and it is the YES grass roots who can agree to create and adopt an independent Scottish currency, knowing that is based on the promises they make to each other., not promises made by anyone else – remember the VOW?

    Richard Murphy also explains how an independent currency relates in an important way to taxation and investment in the Scottish economy. This project is being built in stages, later stages in this project will include just those items – not as some theory, but in hard practical examples which are under development and discussion as I write. For now I am looking for YES supporters to get in touch – YES supporters who are NOT waiting for permission from anyone to establish Scottish independence! An independent Scottish currency is not only as good a place to start as any, it will prove crucial to Scotland’s future. You can wait for permission – or – the YES movement can start it now!

    Project details here: https://www.facebook.com/thescottishhand/

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