Via John Stevens
Via John Stevens
Alex Salmond’s favourite columnist Joan McAlpine is getting very excited about today’s white paper published by the SNP. Here she is getting more than a little carried away in her piece for the Daily Record this morning:
“It makes America’s historic Declaration of Independence look like a Post-it note.”
No greater enemy to freedom for Scotland than the SNP themselves.
Guido understands that the PM is to come under renewed pressure from the SNP to debate Alex Salmond ahead of the referendum on Scottish Freedom next year. That first debate of 2010 is still a sore spot for the Cameroons and the nationalists are preparing to exploit that ruthlessly. While the next round of debates between the party leaders will likely be a watered down version of 2010 and months out of polling day, what leg does Dave really have to stand on over Scotland? He is the Prime Minister who has given the nod to a referendum that could see the end of the union he leads. He should lay out exactly why he thinks sticking together is a good idea, and allow himself to be scrutinised by those that disagree. Expect to hear cries of ‘frit, frit, frit’ at PMQs before long..
UPDATE: A Caledonian co-conspirator reminds us that Dave has said he wants to debate with Salmond. Here is what he told parliament last year
“Frankly, I look forward to having the debate, because I think that too many in the Scottish National party have been happy to talk about the process but, do not want to talk about the substance. I sometimes feel when I listen to them that it is not a referendum they want, but a “neverendum”. Let us have thedebate, and let us keep our country together.”
Well Dave, what is stopping you?
With the Scottish referendum back in the news today, it’s worth taking a look at what the SNP have been up to. Alex Salmond’s favourite columnist Joan MacAlpine MSP has written a bizarre piece for the Daily Record, ranting about how Britain is marking the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. Apparently “David Cameron has decreed we hold jingoistic celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the war”, and because the main event is being held in Glasgow Hall it is “a cynical attempt to boost Britishness ahead of the referendum”. Definitely not, you know, about remembering those who lost their lives.
She then goes off on one about “the outburst of hysterical patriotism in 1914 represented the worst of British – arrogance, self-delusion and a desire to dominate on the world stage”. Or as most people see it, helping to free Europe from a German warmonger. Further proof that the worst enemy to freedom for Scotland is the SNP themselves…
You wait ten years for John Major to say something interesting, and then you get him twice. The former PM has let the cat out of the bag, again, this time on the view of many Tories on Scottish Freedom:
“From a purely partisan political point of view, the Conservative party would be much better placed without Scotland because some where down the line we have mislaid our Scottish votes.”
For once, Sir John will have lots of his fellow party members secretly agreeing with him.
In the top photo five freedom fighting Scots smile for the camera as part of the Labour for Independence campaign in Scotland. Interesting that a group of Labour members would form a group arguing the case for independence, you might think. Just the one problem. Four of the five ‘Labour’ supporters have previously been photographed wearing SNP rosettes. The man on the top right is Douglas Reid, the SNP leader of East Ayrshire Council. Quite how they thought they would get away with this scam Guido isn’t sure…
Tomorrow sees a Scottish council by-election up in Gilmerton following the death of councillor Tom Buchanan. The SNP’s leafleting tactics are somewhat interesting:
Guido is all for freedom for Scotland, but telling voters it is an “SNP by-election” and that they have to “find a replacement SNP councillor” is surely a step too far…
Who said that the Scottish Parliament was a spectacular waste of money and devolution is hampered by not being able to tackle the big issues? They should take a look at the level of debate last week:
Christine Grahame (Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale) (SNP):
4. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it will consider procuring a resident cat as a humane mouse deterrent. (S4O-02228)
Linda Fabiani (Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body):
No. The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body has no plans to procure a resident cat.
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“She is an enemy of apartheid… We have much to thank her for.”