Tuesday, July 3, 2012
From Bravehearts to Fainthearts, SNP Govt hasn’t contacted any Whitehall department on consequences of independence, why was no work done Alex?
From Braveheart to Faintheart is truly a spectacular achievement and in such a short space of time makes it all the more remarkable as well.
As Mel Gibson once uttered, ‘they make take our lives but they’ll never take …….. OUR FREEDOM!
Things have changed since Mel Gibson shot his movie in Scotland.
Alex Salmond faces the highly embarrassing situation of being accused by Labour of backing away from the SNP's core policy of Scottish independence.
This is because he apparently wants the devo max question on the referendum ballot paper as well, two bites at the cherry is how many see it.
As well as that its nonsense as the SNP would be effectively be seen as ‘pro’ all the policies they are currently ‘anti’ on like Trident, like keeping nuclear submarines on the Clyde, and so on and such like.
As well as the above, the real issue facing the Scottish National Party is the charge that they have failed to do "the slightest bit of homework" on what it would mean for ordinary Scots.
Just as Ruth Davidson blew Nicola Sturgeon completely out of the water on the issue of the SNP never contacting the EU as a government or as an opposition on Scotland’s membership, Margaret Curran has upped the stakes.
Margaret Curran is the Labour MP for Glasgow East and the Shadow Scottish Secretary in 2010 she won the seat back from SNP MP John Mason by about circa 13,000 votes.
This was a shame; as John Mason had a decent record in Westminster from my checking of Hansard which records parliamentary activity in the House of Commons.
Anyway, Margaret Curran has learned through ministerial written answers that the SNP Scottish Government has not had a single conversation on the consequences of independence with any Whitehall department.
How embarrassing is that?
Well a friend of mine in the party says that they were shocked when they watched Nicola Sturgeon on the Big Debate when Ruth Davidson raise the issue of EU membership and saw the letter being waved about, up until that point, he thought the work was getting done behind the scenes.
It was an eye opener for him.
Curran has said:
"In less than two years, the SNP want to break up the UK but they haven't done the slightest bit of homework to find out what this will mean for people in Scotland. Their policies are based entirely on assertion and fantasy. The Scottish people are going to make the biggest decision they have ever faced and we have a right to get answers to the most basic of questions on separation, including what will happen to our pensions, border controls or employment law."
And that is the SNP’s problem, they haven’t done the work and given the lack of talent in the Scottish National Party, one can only speculate what the quality of any rushed future work may be.
The last piece of rushed work was the offensive behaviour at football games bill, which was condemned by opposition parties and me for what it is.
At this point I would like to quote Leonardo Dicarpio in the movie, the Quick and the Dead which is applicable to devo max.
‘Do I hear clucking? Did someone bring in a chicken in here?’
UK Ministerial written answers show that the SNP Scottish Government has not had a single conversation on the consequences of independence with any Whitehall department.
Independence cannot be won by spin, cannot be won by gimmicks and if Alex Salmond wants to take up my £500 bet that he will fail in 2014, then the terms and conditions of that bet are on another post.
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University