Scotland Referendum: the SNP simply cannot go on dictating the terms of the debate.
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A recent trip to Edinburgh highlighted for me exactly the kind of dangerous political game Alex Salmond, the First Minister for Scotland is playing with the independence debate. On a TV screen he was droning on about the Pound Sterling and the Bank of England post-independence. His slagging off of the English and turning nations against each other is the worst kind of political posturing, and because of this kind of stance the UK is a disunited entity at the moment. The Scottish National Party love to audaciously sling insults at the English, in particular the Westminster parliament in a desperate attempt to set their own agenda, ignoring reality, facts and fairness. They salivate over the prospect over job losses in shipyards, in the public sector, and deeper spending cuts for Scottish Councils, because it panders to their dream of true separation - a loyal, socialist one-party state. Certainly, many Scots, just like the English, Welsh and Northern Irish, have faced worrying financial circumstances in recent years. Food banks are on the rise, and so are gas and electricity bills. Tory toff David Cameron hasn’t a clue about real living, or hard work for that matter. But neither does Alex Salmond, who takes up residency at the 17th Century Mansion Brute House, in Edinburgh, who tries to peg himself as a sort of social hero for the Scots. What is even more worrying is the level of resentment from Scottish people towards the English, and vice versa. For this I blame both parties involved - Yes Scotland and Better Together. When Mr Salmond gleefully unveiled his long awaited white paper last November, he made a number of cast iron guarantees to the nation that disregard the complexity of the situation. For instance, the pound will remain the currency of an independent Scotland, and the Bank of England will be the lender of last resort, no questions asked. But if this is to be the case and it will affect the lives of the English, doesn’t Westminster need to be involved in the decision of what is the best route of action? Certainly, the lovely people of Scotland can go it alone and hope to build a better, stronger country if they wish. But Salmond and his National cronies haven’t once consulted the English about this massive change to how our currency works. These importance issues are faced by both countries. It would be mad for English taxpayers to be made liable for Scottish banks if and when they go bust. Their dogged assurances that Scottish representation will be at the Bank of England are preposterous as flying to the moon.
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