I promise this will be the last blog about the referendum , as by next Friday, Scotland might have imploded into some kind of civil war – well I hope not but now it is getting nasty – we are talking football!
Since the last blog, the yeses overtook the noes in the opinion polls for the first time and the pound and the stock market of the UK had a major jittery fit. And gave the already beleaguered economy another thing to worry about.
The response of Westminster was to announce a new royal baby was on its way, which will just make more folk vote yes… as we don’t really want to go through all that for another seven months ( it almost makes me think about voting yes but a royal baby is slighter cheaper than stock market collapse so I’ll stick with the no!)
The other response of Westminster was to send their leaders north to quell the yes vote and make a last ditch attempt at persuading the undecided to stay in the union.
I'm not sure what this advert is about.....
Nick Clegg said that whatever the Scottish independence result 'the status quo is gone'
Important folk getting in the mix now - she is rumoured to have donated a million pounds to the Better Together campaign
Right at the start of all this, there was going to be three options on the ballot paper, yes, no or devo max (maximum devolution but we stay in the union - or full fiscal autonomy as the posh folk say). Cameron thought it wise to take off the devo max option in exchange for Salmond picking the date - after Commonwealth Games, anniversary of Bannockburn 1314, etc etc, the Homecoming, tartan, shortbread etc.
Or forcing the hand of the electorate.
The minute the yeses took the lead, devo max was back on the table!
Then Lord Prescott who was supposed to be here helping the noes, suggested that Scotland and England could merge the football team. I was speechless at that one, but he is a bit mad so nobody pays any attention to him ; he is the man who punched a bloke who flung an egg at him. Never fling an egg at an ex ( or an egg boxer??) boxer. And talking of boxers, a young gentleman of my professional acquaintance has just won a boxing match and his next fight will be for the British title…. Or will it….will a Scot be able to fight for a British title??? It’s all very complicated.
But the latest opinion poll shows that the independence moment has stalled, it’s back to 53 against 47 for. Which is the same as it was two months ago.
Meanwhile Alex Salmond is in some trendy Edinburgh pub talking to mums.net .
Then he angers patriots by saying that no voters are not in team scotland….. hackles up all around now. The matter is made worse by accusations that a vote no, is a vote for team Westminster.. when in fact a no vote might just mean we want to maintain a stable economy and keep the nhs safe.
A clever person said that it’s not a vote for independence anyway, it’s a vote for separation, and then we will become dependant on other countries to help fund us…. Here’s a large but interesting piece from the telegraph..
The prospect of a Scottish default on its share of Britain’s £1.2 trillion debt would lumber the new state with Wonga-sized interest rates for a generation – just as it would be most in need of international lending to support public services.
But that is precisely the threat that Alex Salmond has issued unless he gets his own way on a currency union. David Cameron has called the ultimatum “chilling”, and one that will bring “crippling” interest rates on Scottish families.
In a move to reassure lenders, the Treasury has said it would guarantee the entire UK debt in the immediate event of a break-up, and within minutes of a Yes vote next week it is likely the Dept Management Office would reassure markets that – whatever Mr Salmond threatens – the UK would shoulder the debt in the immediate term.
In the long run, an independent Scotland faces "significant" tax rises and spending cuts of around £6 billion a year higher than the Coalition austerity programme if it is to get its debts on a sustainable footing.
Otherwise, an ageing population, higher borrowing costs and declining oil revenues risk pushing debt to over 300 per cent of GDP within 50 years.
You can see why I’m worried.
And big firms have said that they will pull out.
The chief executives of Shell and BP have already agreed that oil revenues will have ceased by 2050
And how can we be separate or independent when Salmond wants to keep the pound and Westminster still control the treasury?
I hope you lot are as confused as I am.
In work I found a 'yes' pen at reception and I threw it in the bin. I make it very clear that I would have done the same with a 'no' pen. There should be no political affiliation in the practice…. And it's my business so what I say goes. The 'yes' accused me (jokingly) of bullying and interfering with their freedom of speech. Then ALL the patients in the waiting room gave me a quiet round of applause…
And it has turned to violence…. In Helensburgh person A lamped person B… the yes person had put posters all down the street, the no person covered them up… then they met. Opps.
But Helensburgh is the town closest to the nuclear sub base. The yeses make a point of saying that the base can go back to Westminster as we don’t want it in our backyard. Who would!
But the noes point out 6500 lost jobs, and a death knell to the local economy.
As Alex Ferguson once said, 'It's sweaty buttocks time.'
I will remain in a bad mood with Alex Salmond until he takes back what he said about Staffies…. Not a great reason to stay with the union but its as good as any.
Just so you know, here is a devil dog- the killer on the streets..... it's doing an impression of something cute hiding from the hoover..
Mathilda, devil dog