Professor Richard Murphy

Instalment 16 in the "Journey to Yes" series interviews Professor Richard Murphy, former Chartered Accountant and Professor of Practice in International Political Economy at the City University of London.

He describes in detail the essential ground rules required for a successful Independence Campaign. He recognises the unique position Scotland occupies as a legitimate state within the UK and highlights the considerable benefits that would come with full independence.

He lists the main economic areas that must be addressed in order to provide the electorate with accurate facts and figures - crucial to allow them to make an informed choice in any future independence referendum. He also provides a compelling argument for Scotland to gain independence by highlighting many of the positive outcomes that would materialise, freeing Scotland's innovation potential and allowing Scots to forge an appropriate financial and social system to fulfil their aspirations for Scotland and her place in the world.

This is an excellent summation of Scotland's potential - and it is extremely positive. He dispels the many criticisms of independence by pointing out the dubious nature of the information used to formulate these warnings of doom and gloom.

If, after watching this presentation, you are still sceptical about the exciting, dynamic future that could be a reality for Scotland, you haven't been paying attention.


Journey to Yes: 16 The Economy

Published: 20 June 2017.

Duration: 33 minutes 30 seconds.

Richard says Yes.

Richard Murphy is a political economist, author, chartered accountant and one of the world's leading thinkers on tax and how it can change society. He advises the Trades Union Congress on economics and taxation, and a long-standing member of the Tax Justice Network. Richard is Professor of Practice in International Political Economy at City University.

Just 10 years ago, it was difficult to take the idea of Scottish independence seriously. Now Richard sees leaving the UK as the only way for Scotland to reach its full economic and human potential. In this special extended episode Richard discusses the economic forces powering the Yes movement, dismantles the case for GERS and looks at the key issues of currency, investment and taxation that must be addressed to win the independence argument.

The prize is a better Scotland.

This is the 16th production in the series and the 2nd of our Sector episodes.

Richard's Blog:

Richard's fascinating book on the power of tax for a fairer society:

Read Richard's article on debunking GERS: