The Day After
As part of the Catalan independence campaign, a group of people have been raising money to allow Isona Passola to make a film about the consequences of independence, called L’Endemà “The Day After”.
So far they’ve managed to raise €348,830 (£294,431).
I saw this mentioned in the Danish newspaper Politiken, but I haven’t yet read anything about it in English-speaking media.
Here’s what the website says about the film:
L’ENDEMÀ donarà arguments clars, sòlids, fiables i contrastats, amb dades objectivables, per boca de les figures nacionals i internacionals més tècniques i més ben informades, a través del mitjà més prestigiós dels mitjans de comunicació, el cinema. També s’editarà la web-sèrie Les píndoles contra la por amb respostes a les grans preguntes que resolen els grans temes de país, les respostes que necessitem per a decidir sense por i tranquil·lament.
My Catalan is a wee bit rusty, but I think it means something like this:
THE DAY AFTER will provide clear, solid, reliable and contrasting arguments with objective data, recounted by the most knowledgeable and best-informed national international figures, through film, the most prestigious form of communication. We will also release a web site, The Pills against Fear, with answers to the major questions to solve the great national issues, the answers that we need to decide calmly and without fear.
2 thoughts on “The Day After”
18th September 2014…the day this nation becomes a fully independent equal nation once again…Game on for Scotland !!! Vote Yes 2014.
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has exposed the bleak future that awaits Scotland if we continue to be governed by the failed Westminster system.
During a visit to Edinburgh, the former Tory leader and architect of the vicious welfare cuts being imposed on hundreds of thousands of poor, vulnerable and disabled Scots, questioned whether an independent Scotland could afford to fund state pensions and social protection. But Yes Scotland said the real question people should be asking should be asking is whether Scotland can afford not to be independent.
‘Many people will find it hard to understand how a politician presiding over draconian and immoral cuts to the social protection budget says that Scotland, which is financially better off than the UK, could not do a better job than Westminster,’ said Chief Executive Blair Jenkins.
‘Mr Duncan Smith ignores the fact that pensions and social protection take up a smaller share of Scottish national wealth than for the UK so we are better able to afford our welfare state.
‘Further, his long term forecasts are based on the direction of travel we would take as part of the failed Westminster system which sees wealth and opportunity sucked into London and the south- east . As a confident, re-energised and prosperous independent country, we would be able to reverse this trend, giving more young people a reason to stay in Scotland, boosting our economy and increasing our population.’
Official figures for 2011/12 show that, in terms of national wealth, Scotland spends 14.4% of GDP on social protection compared to 15.9% for the UK. For 2010/11 the equivalent figures were 15% and 16%. In fact, Scotland has had to spend a smaller share of its national wealth on pensions and the welfare state than the UK for each of the past six years.
In terms of tax revenues, 2011/12 figures show 38% of Scottish revenues were spent on different parts of the welfare state, compared to 42.3% of tax revenues for the UK as a whole. (The figures for 2010/11 were similar – 40% and 42% respectively).
Mr Jenkins said: ‘All this goes to show that pension and welfare payments are more affordable in Scotland. Because pension and welfare payments are more affordable in Scotland, you can be assured at that as an independent country we will – at the very least – be able to continue paying the state pension and pension credits as we do today.’
Mr Duncan Smith, speaking at a conference in the capital, claimed that the UK gave people ‘certainty that there is a secure welfare safety net in place now and one which will endure in the future’.
But Mr Jenkins said what Mr Duncan Smith had created was a ‘huge amount of uncertainty, anxiety and forthcoming hardship’ with policies such as the so-called bedroom tax.
He added: ‘What IDS has also done is expose the future that is waiting Scotland if we vote No – a growing demographic and economic challenge.
‘In terms of welfare protection, as in other areas of life, Westminster isn’t working for Scotland. We think it is much better to use our vast resources and wealth to create a more vibrant and prosperous Scotland in the future, a Scotland that is perfectly capable of meeting its pensions and welfare needs.
‘What Scotland doesn’t need is more of the same and claims that a wealthy Scotland is uniquely incapable of dealing with issues that other small independent nations such as Norway, Denmark or Sweden manage perfectly well.’