Further to my critique of Alistair Carmichaels speech yesterday In Inverness, where he took umbrage at somebody calling him a supposed Scot, I have just seen his interview with Gordon Brewer on last nights Newsnight Scotland… And my overall impression after watching it was…Awww diddums the poor wee soul, I felt heartfelt sorry for him, I have never seen such a dejected hangdog politician in all my life…The poor soul obviously feels put upon.
The programme itself showed excerpts from his speech and what appeared to be a very bored uninspired audience. Best somebody gives him one of his favourite tunnocks teacakes to cheer the poor soul up.
But further more on the substance of his speech… He had 3 questions
What would Scotland use as currency?
How could Scotland afford pensions?
And what will the set up costs for Independence be?
The stated view of the current Scottish government is that we negotiate to share the pound, at least initially.
With an increasingly elderly population he asks how Scotland could pay for pensions?
But perhaps this is a question he should be asking of the UK government…as the numbers of elderly in the rest of the UK are many times greater than the 5.3 million populace of the whole of Scotland! Surely it is more affordable to provide pensions for our small nation than to try and cope with ensuring pensions for a much larger population? It is far easier to administer for 5million people than 60million surely?
And given that Scotlands GDP is on a par with the whole of the UK, we can easily afford it just as much. Whether austerity Britain can continue to do so is another matter entirely.
As for the set up costs for Scottish Independence, that is something that we will all yet have to learn, there are many negotiations to take place first and the division of assets to take into account…So he asks an impossible question to which he knows there is no definitive answer yet.
Onto his interview with Gordon Brewer… I almost started shouting at Brewer to leave the poor big helpless soul alone! It was like watching a poor defenceless kid taking a beating, there was something uncomfortable in the watching.
When pressed on why The British government wont come out and definitively say that they wont share the pound, he gave the excuse that they couldn’t do that because the nationalists would make a noise about it! Brewer was at his incredulous best at that answer.
As far as the British Government asking Europe for their opinion on what would happen if Scotland became Independent, that was a no go..as the British government didn’t think that they had to debate such matters and It was up to the Scottish government to make the case for Independence. Nothing to do with us, and I don’t want to talk about it being the Westminster reaction..
And that pretty much is the standard response of all the Better Togethers…They will ask lots and lots of questions, but steadfastly refuse to give any answers themselves as to why scotland should remain in the union.
How can the Scottish public ever get all the information they are entitled to, If only one side is prepared to give them answers?
So if you hear Unionists complain that they are not getting answers, It is because they themselves absolutely refuse to give any, or even discuss it.
If one side gives you the answers that they can, but the other has no answers at all to give… Well make up your own mind who to trust!
Certainly a Scottish Secretary of State who goes against the will of the Scottish people by voting in favour of the bedroom tax, and who gives away without a whisper the 11million Euros EU subsidy of Scottish farmers in order for them to go into Westminster pockets…Is indeed Westminsters man in Scotland not Scotlands man in Westminster..
Meanwhile for your entertainment, here is the newsnight programme.
And also a little something for Alistair Carmichael …..
I dont want to talk about it