Banking on Games

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ON SATURDAY, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon claimed that a Commonwealth Games “feelgood factor” would provide a boost for the Saltire-waving Yes campaign.

Here (along with the Homecoming event and the 700th anniversary of Bannockburn) is the reason Alex Salmond switched from “the sooner the better” in 2011 to a referendum date of 
18 September, 2014.

And, of course, if Glasgow’s Games had unexpectedly turned out to be a shambles, everything would just have been blamed on Westminster underfunding and lack of support. 

Unfortunately, the spectacular recovery of the UK economy does the nationalists no favours at all (IMF predictions of 3.2 per cent GDP growth this year – a rate faster than that of any other developed country). And this now neatly divides the debate between “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, on the one side, versus “if it ain’t perfect, break it”, on the other. 

Keith Gilmour 

Netherton Gate