It’s getting to that time of year again, and the SNP may as well launch its manifesto for independence on April Fool’s Day.
So far it proposes an independent Scotland whose head of state lives in another country; whose currency exchange rate and value will be set in London (keeping the pound) or Brussels (joining the euro); whose immigration policy will be dictated (like Ireland’s) in Westminster – if we want an open border – and in which four-fifths of the land will still be controlled by a handful of dominant, titled absentee land-owners or investment funds, who will be given a big chunk of the renewable energy budget for not generating electricity with their privately owned, publicly funded wind turbines.
Call that independence? Storyteller Hans Christian Andersen would have called it “The First Minister’s New Clothes”.
Get real, please, Dear Leader: proper independence, or the status quo – or if the referendum is to be run in 2014, at least do it on 1 April!
Yet again the Unionist scare stories are played out in the media, the latest one being that the Orkney and Shetland Islands might not remain part of an independent Scotland and could either join what was left of the rest of the UK or become independent themselves (your report, 20 March). No evidence is of course supplied, no polling of the wishes of the inhabitants to verify this, just the claim of two Liberal Democrat MSPs whose party boasts five MSPs and no constituency MSPs in mainland Scotland.
As someone heavily involved in the devolution referendum of 1997, this was very much the same argument played out then, and yet both the islands voted for the establishment of a Scottish Parliament.
The pro-Union campaign has still not woken up to the fact that this desperate scaremongering is simply not working and is becoming less credible as it becomes more hysterical.
What is required is for the pro-Union camp to positively promote the case for the Union.
On that front, however, there is simply the sound of silence.