A UK Treasury minister has said (Danny Alexander to the Guardian’s Nick Watt, in Aberdeen?) that in the event of a vote for Scottish independence there’d obviously be a currency union. As I’ve written here before, it’s equally obvious to everyone that there’d be no mad border guards and there’d be sensible arrangements regarding the armed forces and other ostensibly UK institutions. All this for the simple reason, which everyone but those running the No campaign understand, that a residual UK would naturally want to get on well with its new neighbour. Folk visiting friends, travelling on business, trading, just living their lives – who’d want unnecessary rancour? No-one, not even those least predisposed to Scottish independence. Every decent person, Scottish or otherwise, would want the best for everyone surely?
Some prominent members of the No campaign are calling for the sacking of the minister who’s dared to speak the simple truth. Well let’s not be rose-tinted lensed about politics, but seriously – actually sack someone for saying something which is not only the truth but which most Scots agree is the truth?
The No campaign is simply a disaster. Its purpose seems to be to champion hate and negativity about Scotland. Naturally the polls are going the other way in response. It’s patently ridiculous to everyone, it’s treating Scots like inferiors and fools, to argue that Scotland couldn’t hack it as an independent state and that all our neighbours would harm themselves in order to disrespect an independent Scotland.
So what’s going on with the No campaign? Have they actually forgotten that they’re Scottish?
Well, it’s patently obvious that some folk – like serving non-SNP politicians – are paying quiet lip-service to it while keeping their distance. Labour folk really don’t want to be seen as being on the same page as Tories and vice-versa. It’s equally clear that it can’t be left up to the pointlessness which is ‘Scottish’ Labour’s leadership. Alistair Darling aside – he’s been flattered and suckered – the No campaign is being run by junior folk who themselves are flattered to be considered the equals of those running the Yes campaign.
Meanwhile, senior Labour politicians believe (correctly, I think, but I could be, er, wrong) that there’ll be a No vote in the end then it’ll all go back to UK business as normal-ish; meanwhile they have to show willing as a minimum.
I see that some of the (albeit distanced and who’ve never actually bothered to hold elected office themselves) ‘bigger boys’ on the No side are arguing that if Scotland votes No, then that’s the SNP ‘dead in the water’. Ever heard that thought before?
For my own part, I think Scotland will vote No narrowly then never forgive Scottish Labour (I’m not bothered about the others) for dissing Scotland during the campaign – allowing the SNP the right to set the Devo-plus agenda and walk to a comfortable victory in 2016.
There’s time, like. The No campaign is burdened by a negative imperative, but it could point out the good things about remaining part of the UK. The folk running it could at least try to act grown up, as if they’d had jobs other than as politicians’ researchers and whatnot; as if they had a normal buy-in to Scotland and actually being Scottish.
Scotland’s pretty good and it’s good to be Scottish. Why not start a campaign from that perspective?
Ah, bollocks, someone already has……