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Sound and fury

So what have I learned this morning, the last Saturday of the Scottish Referendum campaign, from my trawl of the media?

  • Richard Branson is against Scottish Independence.
  • The Germans still hate Winston Churchill.
  • Nigel Farage, who appears to hate everyone who isn’t English, is among us.
  • Deutsche Bank’s chief economist knows nothing about Scotland.
  • The Orange Order is backing ‘Better Together’.
  • London Labour has lost all faith in its Scottish leadership, with 29% of the party’s membership, and rising,  declaring for “Yes’.
  • ‘No’ is in deep trouble: when Gordon Brown is seen smiling, you know he’s nervous, when he’s seen laughing you know he’s terrified.
  • George Osborne is so concerned about the outcome that he’s saving the public purse the cost of a first class return air ticket to Australia.
  • The FTSE 100 closed yesterday on a near record high, and Sterling was robust against the major currencies.

Every one of those is, in my eyes, a plus point for ‘Yes’.

So is the fact that a significant percentage of those sampled by opinion pollsters have declared themselves undecided. Against a background of the most intense bullying that we have ever seen by one side of a national campaign, it is unsurprising that many people are disinclined to disclose their voting intentions.

In the days to come we are promised more dire warnings, of Scottish economic collapse. There is a claim that Scotland lost 6-7% of its GDP during the banking crisis. If so, what else can they do to us? We will be threatened with higher prices in shops and supermarkets. Really? Multi-national businesses will shed their competitive instincts overnight and collude to drive costs up?

The fact is, should Scotland  vote ‘Yes’ on Thursday, an event which Westminster’s orchestrated hate campaign against us makes ever more possible, we will not awaken on Friday to an economic collapse.

The fact is, those from outside  Scotland who interfere in our  debate and seek to browbeat us into submission, do not give a toss about our nation. They are not afraid for an Independent Scotland, they are afraid of an independent Scotland.

Back off, people, and let us decide for ourselves.

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  1. fergus
    September 13, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    As you know, I live in French Catalunya and there is a massive groundswell here in favour of Scottish independence. I can’t go anywhere without people asking how I would vote, if I could. No coincidence that more than 1 million people took to the streets in Barcelona the other day for the same reason. The eyes of the world are focussed on us, vote YES.

  2. September 13, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Hear, hear. I so wish I could share this on FB for all to read.

  3. September 13, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    You could, Mary. It’s posted there.

  4. Justin Fayre
    September 13, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Just the other day I stumbled across this, supposedly from Thomas Jefferson one of America’s Founding Fathers:-
    “When the People fear the Government we have Tyranny
    When the Government fear the People we have Liberty”

  5. David Birkmyre
    September 16, 2014 at 7:56 am

    ‘Morning Quintin

    Thanks for this – I note all that you say

    Whatever the result is …………..it’s going to be ‘close’

    We (Scotland / Scottish) hold ourselves in a ‘higher regard’ than we deserve

    Yes, I believe that oil / fishing / farming will / could benefit from a ‘Yes’ vote – but – in the final analysis, we’ll just become a banana republic (without the benefit of the bananas!)

    Thursday will tell

    We’ll see


    Have a nice day


  6. September 16, 2014 at 9:06 am

    David, part of that crossed the line of acceptability on this blog. If you can’t live with my edit, I’ll understand if you remove the rest, but I hope you don’t.

    You have a nice day too.

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