I was always very glad when we left Scotland - I had a really bad feeling about the way things were going there. We saw large companies coming in and taking free investment deals from the government to setup large factories and technology facilities there, and we saw them close those plants in a year or two, walking off with the investment money. I really have no idea how they did that or what kind of deal was going on there. I just know people who lost their jobs over that.
Anyway, what brought this to my thoughts again? This article on yahoo.com (of all places). It's a pretty damning assessment of the state of the scottish economy right now. My choice quote would be:
Cutting edge e-commerce and telecom companies in Scotland have experienced such a collapse in value that the entire sector is now valued at less than that old economy stalwart, Belhaven Brewery.
Thanks to my wife Heather, for the link.