Thanks to a number of posters and tweeters who've been sending links to blogs and articles on the concerted effort by the Westminster government to suppress Prof Gavin McCrone's report on oil and the case for Scottish independence in 1975 (left). Here's a link to a good summary from the Independent when the report was finally unearthed in 2005 after Freedom of Information action http://tinyurl.com/3snn2h and here's the actual document from the Scottish Government website http://bit.ly/xVB3Pn . In his report Gavin said discovery of oil was a total game-changer and made the case for Scottish independence irresistible. However the Prof also listed underlying problems for Scotland inc persistent poverty, inequality, under performance etc. His report was just one report – albeit a compelling one – and his optimistic prognosis was written (and suppressed) almost 40 years ago. So it may prove that Scotland was denied information about the credible case that could be made for a better, independent, oil-fuelled economic and political future then -- but it may not prove Scotland can now depend on those depleted oil and gas reserves alone to overcome our structural economic and social problems. Important documents like this should be in the public domain and read by all Scots – so do have a read and make your own mind up. Another interesting related article is http://tinyurl.com/6rkqkl4 -- a Scotsman piece from Feb 2012 about the Attorney General's refusal to release documents about a Cabinet devolution debate in 1997on the grounds it would "undermine the operation of government." Only second time such a refusal has occurred. Hmmm. You don't have to be a conspiracy theorist to wonder what's being kept from public view now.