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A point of fact: at this moment Scotland is part of a currency union within the United Kingdom.

Of those who say we can’t keep the pound, I ask this: how do you take such a union apart against the will of one of its participants?

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  1. Montaltoman
    September 11, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Let us all avoid the strife – recreate the Kingdom o’ Fife – The King can sit in Dunfermline toon and we’ll burn a’ the bridges doon ! Darling Gordon can then save the nation on the next train oot fae Waverley Station. We’ll trade in conch shells stuff the Pound, oh and pass the blood red wine around.

  2. September 11, 2014 at 8:42 am

    You should be copyrighting these, chum.

    • Montaltoman
      September 11, 2014 at 9:17 am

      Many thanks, hoped you would like them as I like your Skinner (apart from the Hank Jansen bits – sorry) reminds me of my late sadly missed Uncle, Inspector Jim Sloan of the Lanarkshire Constabulary, another ‘Big Man’.

  3. Phil Hull
    September 11, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Scotland is also part of a political union – that of the United Kingdom. Taking your comment to its logical next step – how do you take such a union apart without the will of one of the participants? In this instance why shouldn’t the rest of us take part in this vote? Is the answer because the politicians in London think that the English may well want rid of the Scots more than the Scots want to be rid of the English? I have no axe to grind either way I just think you are using that argument for one element rather than across the whole issue,

  4. David Birkmyre
    September 11, 2014 at 9:17 am

    ‘Morning Quintin

    Thanks for this – all noted

    Yes…………I’m a ‘feartie’!

    Currency Union? – yes – you can call this anything you like (‘Scottish Pounds’ sounds good to me)

    Could be Groats / Roubles / Sheckles / Yen / Dollars (call it anything that you wish)

    In the final analysis – this ‘Scottish’ currency will be ‘worth’ about 85pence in the pound (because we’ll ‘default’ on our debts, and, we’ll be seen as a weak currency)

    We’ll need to ‘buy’ currency (and ’lose money’) every time we venture into England (just like Spain)

    Think about that………………

    I’m going off on a cruise (out of Southampton) on 21st September – and – to be honest – I’m ‘ashamed’ to be thought to be someone who appears to be ‘breaking-up’ the Union

    Such a fabulous Union

    A Union that my father (patriotically) destroyed Dresden for (Bomber Command)

    Let’s be honest – this referendum is going to be ‘close’ in every way

    If the answer is ‘Yes’…………they’ll be driving up Princess Street – honking their horns / flying saltires etc, etc

    But – if the answer is ‘No’………………I suspect that you’ll see some (limited) rioting in the streets of Glasgow

    This entire ‘vote’ will be decided in Strathclyde (and, they’re all (mostly) on benefits!)

    In the world of an ‘Independent Scotland’ we will embark on a system where failure is rewarded and success is punished

    No air force – no navy – no independent nuclear deterrent – we’ll have about 850 troops (we have more traffic wardens!)…………in a dangerous world, that’s like leaving the door of your house unlocked!

    We ‘must’ live in a ‘meritocratic’ society (where success is ‘rewarded’)………….that’s been true since the beginning of time

    The ‘No’ campaign (Brown / Darling) have just been a ‘gift’ to Salmond

    Brown ‘bust’ our (my) pension – and – Darling presided over the worst financial crash for over 50 years

    “Trust us” they say

    Brown was the ‘Iron Chancellor’ …………….aye, that’ll be right

    Oh my God…………..we’re going to become a banana republic!

    In the final analysis – one of ‘us’ is going to ‘win’

    I’ll see you down the job centre (it’ll be a long queue!)

    Let’s see what happens

    Have a nice day

    ‘Bye for now

    David Birkmyre
    Aberdeen

    PS: I’m reading Michael Connelly right now (Los Angeles detective) ……………very good ‘page turners’ – very similar to Bob Skinner (doesn’t play golf though)

  5. September 11, 2014 at 9:30 am

    David Cameron expressed the will of the other participant when he signed the referendum agreement.

  6. September 11, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Be not afraid, David.

    PS Mike’s a good read, and a nice guy. Harry Bosch would be as out of place in an LA country club as Dave Cameron would in Bilston Miners’ Club.

  7. Brian Campbell
    September 11, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Surely David Cameron signed the referendum as a democratic act rather than an admission that the English would be glad to see the back of the Scots or perhaps it was avoid Mr Salmond doing an Ian Smith.

  8. September 11, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    I’ll take that last part as irony.

  9. Brian Campbell
    September 11, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    as always

  10. September 11, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    I know both possibilities, Fergus, but I want to stick to the point, where possible.

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