by wreckered political analyst John
Scottish independence is very much at the forefront of political
coverage at the moment. Alex Salmond says “it’s a good
thing” whilst David Cameron says “it’s bad”.
And just when it seemed Salmond would corner the majority, he received
backing from the dark lord himself, Rupert Murdoch.
The Conservatives anti-independence campaign poster
Trying to decipher the best option for Scotland is no easy task.
Salmond is convinced that Scotland could survive as a stand-alone
nation and it’s hard to disagree. Not necessarily because
his arguments make more sense than the opposition, but because of
‘who’ is disagreeing with him. Ask the average person
on the street to name the current Labour or Conservative leaders
in Scotland and they’ll tell you: “Fuck knows.”
Don’t tell me.......I’m sure its Ruth something”
You may argue that he is up against the main leaders of the UK
political parties, but this is not exactly something that you could
imagine Salmond losing sleep over. The Liberal Democrats’
popularity in Scotland suffered when they joined the coalition.
The Conservatives are about as popular in Scotland as a windfarm
salesman at the Trump Mansion.
This leaves Labour whose
current leader, Ed Milliband, along with his brother suffers from
a similar problem to Ant and Dec in that it’s difficult to
know which one is which.
In general, politics in the UK is much of a muchness. Most parties
offer little in the way of variety around policy and even less in
the way of personality. Most MPs/MSPs are like watered-down versions
of their former counterparts. Everyone is media trained and provided
with flashy yet ultimately empty spin. Recently, Falkirk MP Eric
Joyce was arrested over an alleged incident in a House of Commons
bar. When BBC Scotland polled his public constituency, a couple
said they weren’t even sure who he was. Joyce received coverage
for his ridiculously high expenses during his tenure as shadow Northern
Ireland secretary. When asked why he spent £180 on paintings
for his office he replied, “Because they looked nice”.
So it’s not as if he kept a low profile, yet people even in
his own constituency didn’t know who he was.
Was Joyce trying to recreate the look of his Denny constituency
in the House of Commons?
Whether or not Salmond is actually different is unclear, but clearly
he can handle himself against any political opponent. He is also
capable of providing genuine-sounding answers in response to questions
from the media. The things he lists as interests are Hearts, golf
and country music - and it all seems sincere, especially when in
recent years we have had the likes of Gordon Brown say he enjoys
the Arctic Monkeys when it seems more likely that he got them confused
with an arctic roll.
So if ever there was a time for the Scottish nationalists to strike
while the iron was hot it is now. The iron has gone from “hot”
to “nuclear”. Whether or not it’s the right decision
to go independent remains to be seen. Whatever decision you make,
though, make sure it’s for the right reasons and not just
because you read it in a paper. That’s unless Piers Morgan
chips in, and then just go against whatever he says.
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