The Blurrt worm has spoken:
UPDATE: ICM call it for Salmond 71% to 29%. Also known as a total thumping.
Those who wish to deny freedom for Scotland have so far failed to convince in terms of the emotional argument, so they could do worse than listen to this “passionate highlander” on Question Time last night:
If one felt inclined to make a defence of the Union, this is how to do it:
It almost brings a tear to the eye, until you remember the centuries of cruel oppression of the Scottish people under London’s imperialist yoke.
On the great Scottish question, the pro-Independents are getting very clever and persistent support from the anti-Independents.
This latter group dominated Scottish questions this morning, telling us that a vote for independence will result in a two-level downgrade by Moody’s, Scotland will be bounced out of sterling and abandoned by the Bank of England, a border effect will disrupt trade and cost Scottish households £2,000 apiece, their fishing industry will collapse, their 8 per cent deficit will balloon, growth will fail, they won’t be able to print their own money in time, business will flee south, and the country will enter into a perpetual Caledonian darkness sustained only by alcohol-free haggis.
All this strategic threatening comes mainly from the Government benches, and began, as Pete Wishart noted, with George Osborne’s “Sermon on the Pound”. This was supposed “to bring Scotland fearfully back into line”.
Naturally, it gave a tremendous fillip to the Braveheart Tendency in Scotland’s medieval psychology. Support for Independence has soared and now there is a real possibility Scotland will no longer be able to send us 60 Labour MPs. Never again a Labour Government in Britain.
Quite what a loss that would be we’ll see from PMQs (next).
North of the border the BBC has got itself in some bother this afternoon. Fair and balanced BBC News Scotland correspondent James Cook is reporting that the BBC is facing increasing pressure to explain how it can claim to be impartial on Scottish independence while it remains a member of the CBI, which is a registered backer of the No vote. The BBC Scotland correspondent approached the BBC for an answer, reporting on the BBC website that:
“The BBC is yet to comment on its position.”
Auntie is eating herself…
On the left, today’s Daily Express English edition warning of a “Pension shock for millions: New warnings over a massive drop in income”.
On the right, today’s Daily Express Scottish edition telling readers north of the border: “Pensions safer within the UK”.
The campaign of misinformation attempting to deny freedom for Scotland laid bare…
The red mist descended for Labour’s Jim Murphy as he saw SNP MP Pete Wishart counting Scottish Labour MPs taking part in the spare room subsidy vote this afternoon.
Guido is told Murphy approached Wishart and told him to: “f**k off, f**k off, f**k off”. SNP sources are bewildered as to what might have sparked Murphy’s f-bombing because the pair have “not had words today, not this week, not this month”. Take it outside, lads…
Brave David Cameron will square up to the nationalist peril from the comfort of the Olympic Park’s velodrome today. He’s got the headlines down south that he wanted – putting himself at the heart of the campaign without actually having to get his hands dirty and go to Scotland. Yet, will frit Dave really be able to get through the next six months running away from Alex Salmond? If he wants to defend the union, he should have the courage of his convictions and be willing to defend it to the hilt. It would be good practice for the 2015 TV debates too. Why so scared?
UPDATE: Pete Wishart of the SNP gives Dave two barrels:
“As an example of political cowardice Cameron gets the gold medal for this Olympic lecture to the Scottish people. As Scotland’s Prime Minister he will run a country mile to avoid a debate with Scotland’s First Minister yet is happy to turn Westminster into a massive resource for the No campaign. The Nos are getting increasingly tetchy as the polls close and no amount of love bombinng or Olympic posturing is going to turn that round now.”
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“I stab people in the front, not the back.”
Owen Jones says:
We also need Zil lanes.