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You’d think the result was in the bag judging by the premature blame game going on across the conventional media – the knives are glinting and it’s the fault of Miliband, Cameron or us silly Caledonian dreamers depending on your source.
(I should add there is a deliciously unhinged item in the Telegraph today in which the Great Tumshie of Tayside Alan Cochrane goes into meltdown with frustration urging Britnats to get a sheet of A4 and a felt tip pen and, if they can, write No on it and stick in the windae…hurry! Salmond’s on his way!)
Philip Collins, a New Labour apparatchik in the Times blames Labour and Miliband and all those in his own party he hates for threatening to lose Scotland. I agree to the degree that Labour is brain dead both in content and comprehension but you can see how far off target this guy is when you read that Yes has ‘no specific answers to questions.’ That’ll be apart from 650 pages of White Paper, then.
(Surprise) Currency? Sorry, Philip if you haven’t understood, but there is a constant and unflinching reply to that one…you can’t say it’s an unanswered question just because the other side holds its fingers in its ears.
Defence? We will have a conventional defence force suited to our needs which is more than we have now – no surface ships, no air reconnaissance, yet nuclear subs. Will the EU override Spanish objections and let us into Europe, he asks. How far behind the debate do you have to be and still be taken seriously…there will be no Spanish objection and no rejection.
Who bails out RBS next time? The same people as last time – the central banks where it does its business. His list goes on confirming at every stage his effective ignorance of how fast things are moving.
Today in the Guardian Jonathan Freedland who was prepared to say he might vote Yes weeks ago if he had a vote, now does a very English wobble because Yes will mean a diminished and less cohesive remainder. He’s right. But why wait till it looks like we might win to pull that one out? Surely he should have been making the social democratic case for constitutional change or federalism for the last few years, not the last few days. Jonathan has what I take to be a Labour source blaming the Tories for potential defeat, or is it the relentless negativity of the No campaign?
It is dawning on Unionist Britain that the end is in sight and even if their prayers are answered, the Union will survive by a whisper and the question will linger through the General Election and any EU referendum – now being urged on Miliband by the Unite union’s Len McCluskey.
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This week I spoke to two refreshing academics who are brilliant at dismantling concepts on which we think we rely. So Iain Docherty of Glasgow University explains how control of the economic levers produces policies moulded to our needs and Mairianna Clyde of the Open University uses history to show how power in the hands of the people produces the best results. They’re informative and entertaining conversations with Scots who really have thought the issues and really do understand our country – unlike Philip and Jonathan. Have a listen and take a peek at our promo video in which me and Amanda look like the stars of one of those seventies action TV series…was it the Professionals, Starsky and Hutch or Charlie’s Angels? Click on the link at the top…by