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Referendum in Scotland, Dissected by Investor - NYTimes.com
SEPT. 12, 2014 | NYT | By JAMES B. STEWART.

"Some voters are very emotional," said Sir Tom Hunter, photographed outside Edinburgh Castle. "But I’m a businessman. I’m passionate, but I’m trying to look at the facts.”

"Scotland's Decision," online book published by the David Hume Institute
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Fortunately for anyone who cares about the issues, as opposed to the passions, of Scottish independence, Sir Tom Hunter has come to the rescue. Mr. Hunter is often described in the news media as the country’s “first homegrown billionaire,” though he told me when I reached him there this week, “I never coined that phrase.” Last month, his foundation published a book online called “Scotland’s Decision.”

“This started as a private effort to educate me and my family,” Mr. Hunter said. “This decision is too important to leave to the politicians.” So he went to an array of experts and asked them to address 16 questions, starting with what effect independence would have on the economy. He said he didn’t want to rely on people with personal stakes in the outcome or who had already chosen sides.

“The answers started coming in,” he said, “and I thought, why not make this available to everyone? I’m not trying to influence people. I’m trying to educate them. Some voters are very emotional. Everyone is different, and that’s democracy. But I’m a businessman. I’m passionate, but I’m trying to look at the facts.”...Mr. Hunter said he read everything by Mr. Carnegie, including his famous call to philanthropy, “The Gospel of Wealth.”
Scotland  United_Kingdom  independence  philanthropy  high_net_worth  moguls  entrepreneur  David_Hume 
september 2014 by jerryking
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