Legends, myths and scare stories (Charlie Gallagher)
You cannot help but noticing the constant stream of “the incredible ‘no’ men” that have been slipping into Scotland, at taxpayers’ expense, for a couple of hours with some fanciful tale of “doom and gloom” and then sneaking away and avoiding answering questions.
It is a wonder that they have not enlisted the help of Private Fraser of Dad’s Army to tell us “You’re all doomed” if you dare to vote “yes” on 18th September 2014.
So it was on Monday when George Osborne and his lap-dog Danny Alexander came to Glasgow to tell us that we would be in incredible difficulties if we dared to continue to use sterling after independence.
I have never heard of such a load of old manure in all my life. For starters perhaps they will explain to dumb old me and all the eminent economists who think otherwise, how it was that the Irish Free State, now the Republic of Ireland, managed it from 1922 until they joined the ERM prior to the introduction of the euro. Or how it was that New Zealand managed it for 20 years after World War II, or how the Isle of Man and the states of Jersey and Guernsey still manage it to this day.
The real truth of the matter is that Westminster is so terrified that it is going to lose the “cash cow” that has kept Westminster afloat for the past 30 years. They are scared that all their millionaire friends in the City of London will find themselves scratching about in what looks like becoming a Third World economy.
Thanks to Thatcher they have nothing to fall back on as she ensured that a great chunk of their manufacturing base moved to China, South Korea, Taiwan, India and Singapore.
She was the one who told them all that it was much better to run legalised gambling dens called the stock market, money market and commodities market than to “bash metal” as once described by her.
But of course now the roof is starting to fall in upon them as yet another credit ratings agency downgrades our status from AAA to something lesser. And yet it was only a few months ago that the same pair of terrible twins were telling Scotland to stick with us and keep an AAA rating. What a joke, or it would be if it was not so serious.
But what are the serious and real experts telling us? Yes, there would need to be negotiation, but it would be from the position that we, the Scottish people, already own between 8½ and 10 per cent of the misnamed Bank of England. Just another of our many shared assets, that will have to be accounted for during the division of assets in the post-independence discussions.
Of course if they want to take the line, as has already been promulgated by some that Scotland is due “nothing”, then as Nicola Sturgeon said, “fine if we are due no share of the common assets then we have no share of the common liabilities” and we start as an independent country with a “clean sheet”.
They claim that they want a debate but every time a debate is asked for the incredible “no” men say that they are not prepared to discuss such matters and instead trot out all the old legends, myths and scare stories that we have all heard in one form or another before.
Who is it that won’t ask the EU about Scotland’s independence place in Europe, not the “yes” team but Cameron and his millionaire friends in Westminster and the Better Together brigade.
No, we can expect loads more of this type of petty politicking and scare stories and I am just waiting for the day when they come out with the 21st century equivalent of the Biblical “Ten Plagues of Egypt”.
To that end I am keeping a close eye on the burn to ensure that it is not running with blood and I quickly nip outside every time the windows get battered with hail to make sure that it isn’t frogs raining down.
Tigh Na Mara,