Moody’s dropped UK credit rating, while Scotland considers leaving


Moody’s credit rating agency downgraded the credit of the United Kingdom and this may cause some in favor of independence for Scotland to essentially cheer:

Published on Sunday 24 February 2013 00:35

THE anti-independence campaign was dealt a severe setback this weekend as the UK government’s strategy for financial recovery was thrown into disarray.

Yes Scotland claimed that the No campaign had been dealt a “hammer blow” with the withdrawal of the UK’s much-vaunted AAA credit rating because of the economy’s continuing sluggish prospects for growth.

Alistair Darling’s Better Together campaign had put Britain’s AAA status at the heart of its efforts to prevent the break-up of Britain, arguing that the UK’s top rating saved Scots billions of pounds on the cost of their mortgages.

In the past, No campaigners have warned that an independent Scotland would not inherit a AAA rating, an outcome that would force up interest rates in Scottish banks, leading to bigger repayments for hundreds of thousands of families and small businesses.

Keeping the coveted rating has also been at the heart of the coalition government’s plans for recovery through austerity. Economists have warned that loss of the AAA status could see an increase in interest rates charged on government borrowing.

Last night the SNP’s Treasury spokesman Stewart Hosie said: “No campaigners used the UK’s AAA credit rating as one of their core arguments against independence. Now that has been shown up as misleading scaremongering…

What do the ratings mean?

Moody’s grades credit-worthiness on a scale of AAA, the highest, to C, the lowest. The numbers one to three modify the rating, with one being the highest.

When did UK get AAA rating?

March 1978. Moody’s is the first of the three main credit ratings agency to downgrade the UK.

What did Moody’s say about it?

It blames the UK’s “sluggish growth”. 

23 February 2013

The Scottish National Party is calling on the No campaign to pulp leaflets that they are distributing this weekend with misleading information following Moody‘s removal of the AAA credit rating from the UK.

The downgrade has blown an embarrassing hole in the No campaign’s assertion that the benefits of a triple-A rating were only secure through the UK. Leaflets being distributed today by No list this as one of their core arguments against independence.

The SNP pointed out that almost two-thirds of the countries that now hold triple-A status have populations of less than ten million – including Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.

23 February 2013

Britain lost its top credit rating by Moody’s Investors Service, which cited weakness in the nation’s growth outlook and challenges to the government’s fiscal consolidation program.

The rating on the U.K. was lowered one level to Aa1 from Aaa and the outlook on the nation’s debt changed to stable from negative, Moody’s said in a statement yesterday. With the U.K.’s high and rising debt burden, deterioration in the government’s balance sheet is unlikely to be reversed before 2016, Moody’s said in the statement…

The U.K. economy shrank 0.3 percent in the fourth quarter of last year from the prior three- month period, leaving the country on the brink of an unprecedented triple-dip recession. The pound fell after the downgrade…

The United Kingdom is not so united that Scotland could not possibly leave.  There are many ramification associated with credit downgrades, beyond raising borrowing costs and risking hyperinflation.  As far as Scotland goes, even if it gets independence, I expect that it will normally cooperate with England and the rest of the remaining UK.  But I do believe that if it gains independence that this will not be good for the rest of the UK.

As far as debt goes, on a per capita basis, the UK is one of the most indebted nations in the world.  On a total basis, the USA is the most indebted nation in human history.  Other agencies have dropped the USA’s credit rating and Moody’s has suggested that it would do so.

For the past couple of centuries, the UK and/or the USA have essentially been the head of the old world order. The Bible shows that a curse to come would instead to become the tail:

43 “The alien who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower. 44 He shall lend to you, but you shall not lend to him; he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail.

45 “Moreover all these curses shall come upon you and pursue and overtake you, until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you. 46 And they shall be upon you for a sign and a wonder, and on your descendants forever. (Deuteronomy 28:43-46)

Some of this is starting to happen. Most in the world, including the world of the primarily Anglo-nations, do not realize what will happen if they are no longer on top. Real severe economic problems, such as lack of food, is coming to the Anglo-descended nations (cf. Matthew 24:7-8; Jeremiah 30:7).

National repentance is the only hope now for the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.

They are all in at least relative decline, despite the appearance of prosperity in their lands. And others are starting to truly notice.

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