WORLD TOP RANKED ECONOMIST JOINS ALBA!
Just when you think it can’t get any better. It does and Jim is not just joining he will be an Alba Party candidate on the Central Scotland list! Just brilliant! What a team we are building. It’s so exciting even an old hand like myself is getting more than a flutter of real enthusiasmContinue reading "WORLD TOP RANKED ECONOMIST JOINS ALBA!"
Just when you think it can’t get any better. It does and Jim is not just joining he will be an Alba Party candidate on the Central Scotland list! Just brilliant! What a team we are building. It’s so exciting even an old hand like myself is getting more than a flutter of real enthusiasm for this contest.
Nicola is right. The top priority will be to rebuild the Scottish economy after Brexit and COVID so I am sure she will be delighted the voters in Central Scotland can secure the services of one of the World’s top economists to provide advice and guidance by voting for Alba on the list. This is great news for Scotland. I knew Jim when we were both young men. He was hugely talented then but with all these years of international experience since, what a coup Alex has pulled off. It kills the lie about Alex’s ego, he is a respected economist in his own right but he will be the first I am sure to bow to Jim’s expertise. This is what strong leaders do, build a team of the strongest and most talented people. Alba will be the leaders in any economic debate and the SNP WILL BE VERY NERVOUS debating or comparing the different policy positions in the election. As for the Unionists Jim will make life impossible for them. He is genuinely in a different league.
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WORLD RANKED ECONOMIST TO STAND FOR ALBA
Dr Jim Walker, chief economist at Aletheia Capital is to stand for the new Alba Party in the upcoming Scottish elections.
A world-ranked economist who topped the Asiamoney poll for 11 years in succession Dr Walker has worked in Asia for many years. He is returning to his native Scotland from Hong Kong to contest the election in Central Scotland for the Alba Party, launched last week by former First Minister, Alex Salmond.
Jim Walker said
“It is now time that the economic benefits of independence were recast for the post-Brexit age.
The success of small economies in the modern world – and there are many examples – depends on high human capital and access to global markets.
Scotland should have both. Currently both are in jeopardy.
The task of this next Scottish Parliament is to put the country on the road to prosperity through claiming national independence.
It is a good thing for the country to shape its economic destiny. No-one will run the Scottish economy better than the people of Scotland who have most invested in the country.
Thus the debate on national independence is not a substitute for concentrating on sustained economic recovery. It is a pre-requisite.”
Alex Salmond welcoming Dr Walker to the Alba Party list of candidates said
“Throughout his outstanding international career in economics Jim Walker has kept his commitment to Scotland. Now he is able to return and offer his expertise at the disposal of the Parliament and the people.
Alba are thrilled to have such economic substance in our team as we offer the people a way forward. The Scottish Parliament which negotiates independence needs to have an array of real talent and strength in depth.
Only last Friday at our launch I was told I would be leading a one-man band. Already we are fielding a political orchestra of women and men of ability from a range of backgrounds to help take the nation forward.”
- On Friday 26th March the Alba Party was launched by Alex Salmond and Alex and three other candidates were declared – Eva Comrie who transferred from No1 on the SNP list for Mid Scotland and Fife, businesswoman Cynthia Guthrie who is standing in the South of Scotland and Cllr Chris McEleny, the author of “Plan B” who is standing in the West of Scotland.
- On Saturday 27th March former Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill MP announced his transfer to the Alba Party alongside Corrie Wilson, the former SNP MP
- On Sunday 28th March, Neale Hanvey MP announced his transfer to the Alba Party alongside the SNP’s National Equalities Convener, Cllr Lynne Anderson, who relinquished her position on the SNP’s ruling body to transfer to the Alba Party, and the SNP’s National Women’s Convener Cllr Caroline McAllister
- On Monday 29th March Senior Glasgow SNP Councillor Michelle Ferns joined the Alba party and will contest the Glasgow regional list for the party, World Boxing Champion Alex Arthur MBE joined the Alba Party as its latest, ‘big hitter’