We should have a plan to deal with everything affecting our trade from Donald Trump buying golf courses to keeping Grangemouth open. Nationalisation, you murmur under your breath. It is a perfectly viable idea provided that you have the people appropriately trained who can run the nationalised company efficiently.
Whether it is a sensible idea depends on what those people would otherwise be doing. For instance if you employ whisky makers to run a nationalised train service you are wasting money. In many cases it will be more cost effective to import goods and services freeing up Scottish talent to provide high-value exports – back to the whisky makers.
If you are going to buy then you should prepare. The consular service gets in the news when people are stranded overseas but most of their time is spent on facilitating trade between Britain and their local area. They have a good general knowledge of the people and companies since they are usually locals with some British connection.
To get an independent Scotland off to a flying start it would make sense to employ ex-patriot Scots now to build connections between Holyrood and their adopted countries. We should be lining up companies that would be prepared to bid for Grangemouth or Turnberry. If you do not know the going rate for petro-chemicals or golf links how can you be sure to get the best deal?
It was Westminster’s support for the monopoly of the East India Company as much as the climate that killed the Darien scheme bringing Scotland to her knees and making the union virtually the only choice. The three leopards haven’t even pretended to change their spots since then.