The 18th of September and the referendum are only a matter of weeks away. The polls give little cheer to the Yes campaign and Salmond was not at his best in the STV debate with Alistair Darling.
Has the prospect of Scotland regaining its independence withered on the vine of the incessant negativity, mis-truths and exaggerations of the nay-sayers and the Yes campaign’s failure to properly dismiss them?
I think not and I hope not. Salmond did himself few favours when questioned about a Plan B for currency use. But a monetary union with the rUK is the best device for all, so why should he say otherwise?
What he might have stressed more was that the unionists were too scared, malicious and spiteful to admit that this was the case, that no one can stop us using the pound as other countries successfully peg their currency to the dollar, euro etc and – who is Darling to lecture us anyway?
Darling (remember this was the man who flipped his house TWICE to secure the best possible expenses claims, paid for by you and me) took my breath away when he boasted he’d ‘’saved’’ the banks as Chancellor by bailing them out. Let’s examine the background.
They only needed bailing out because Brown had lessened banking regulation and encouraged the free-for-all that led to the disaster in the first place, knighting Fred Goodwin as a seal on the deal.
The UK was the worst prepared of the developed nations to deal with the crisis. Why? Because the Labour government had embarked on a spending spree, financed by reckless borrowing, to fund a benefits system aimed at creating a client state who would forever vote Labour in gratitude.
Darling was a member of a Government who opened the immigration floodgates to bring in millions, again in the hope they would support Labour in perpetuity as a gesture of thanks. (Source for the two above paragraphs – Peter Mandelson).
This created a drain on our NHS, schools and social services which has brought this country to its knees and created division.
They also created the PFI system, so they as a Labour government could be seen to building schools, hospitals etc while keeping the capital expenditure off the Treasury’s books. The result? To pay back this borrowed money, we will be giving private firms millions of pounds in profits for the next 40 years, impoverishing generations to come. Your children and my children.
And Darling as the nerve to lecture us on economics and a currency union? If we vote yes, and the rUK decline a currency agreement on the grounds of spite and malice, will the businesses of England see things his way when faced with billions of pounds of transaction charges?
I think not, and even Osbourne knows he will face disaster at the ballot box in 2015 if he imposes that on the very people likely to vote Tory.
So there will be a currency union, agreed or not. But first, we have to gather our courage in both hands and rise above the rantings of the Unionists who have purely vested interests in keeping us in the UK (booming oil discoveries, the Crown Estates, renewables, life sciences, whisky, tourism, world-class universities, highly-educated workforces, anyone?).
If the Union has been a good thing and we would be better to remain in it, why has one of the world’s richest nations seen the return of food banks, becoming more and more increasingly used as this Coalition pursues further austerity measures that only punish the already poor?
If that’s what the Union has done for me and mine, then, to use one one of their own slogans, no thanks.
I look forward to seeing the next debate, when hopefully Eck will be back at his best. However, of course, it should be Cameron and not his stand-in taking part. Cameron says he has no part to play in the debate, but if the Yes Campaign are proposing the break-up of the UK, then surely as the Prime Minister of that United Kingdom, he should be at the battle front to defend it?
But the issue at stake in not about TV debates or Alex Salmond. If we secure independence, then who is to say we will even have an SNP government at the next election? Scotland could easily revert to type and vote Labour, or any other left-of-centre party that might emerge – and why not?
But first, we have to get there. I have listened to the arguments and weighed up what’s been said and by whom. My decision has been that I will vote Yes, not purely for myself or for my family, but for the good of Scotland.
I firmly believe that we should take this opportunity to have confidence and make Scotland a fairer, more equal and inclusive society, a country whose resources and wealth will ensure that those who now have not, will have – and those who now can’t, will be able to. Join me, please.