Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Scottish independence: Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon adopted the wrong strategy on currency; now other independence minded people speak out in favour of new Scottish currency, SNP U turn in the pipeline

Dear All

If enough people tell you that you are drunk, it is best to sit your arse down!

Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon have run the independence campaign so far as a complete shambles.

One can only come to the conclusion that these two buffoons thought that a virtual internet campaign, spin, hype, smoke and mirrors and no substance would win the day.

Oh let’s mention a few street stalls as well.

That is the sum and substance of why things are so bad, these people don’t know what they are doing.

The currency problem is self created, rather than having a range of options, the SNP decided to do no work, that’s no work over 80 years.

What currency Scotland uses is important, I have blogged that there has to be planning for a Scottish pound.

Expect no help from Westminster and you will not be disappointed and plan accordingly.

Salmond and Sturgeon couldn’t grasp that concept.

Now, two leading independence campaigners have spoken out against Alex Salmond's plan for a currency union with the UK.

Jim Fairlie, a former deputy leader of the SNP, said the most sensible option for an independent Scotland would be to establish a new currency.

10 points to that man!

Colin Fox, the leader of the SSP and a Yes Scotland campaign board member, also backed a new currency, arguing the proposed currency zone would hand power and control to the Bank of England.

Although not the smartest tack in the box, Fox can see what Salmond and Sturgeon patently cannot, a new country must have a new currency.

The pair is speaking out a week after Chancellor George Osborne warned the UK was unlikely to agree to a currency union with a newly independent Scotland in the future.

England isn’t going to take the risks of a race to the bottom.

On the off chance the UK did agree, Osborne concluded that, it would place considerable constraints on Scotland's economic policies.

That means they set interest rates and approve the Scottish budget and spending plans.

Hardly independence!

Fairlie dismissed the plan in an article for Options for Scotland, an online forum set up by former party leader Gordon Wilson.

As well as Fairlie, former party leader Gordon Wilson is also onboard in the need for a new currency as well.

Fairlie said:

“If sovereignty means anything at all to the Scottish people, control of their own currency is a prerequisite."

Colin Fox wrote in his blog:

"It goes without saying that keeping the pound or establishing a sterling zone means handing over a considerable amount of power and control over Scotland's economy and spending options to the Bank of England and the City of London. And many will in-evitably ask what then is the point of Independence?"

So, the non backing of the Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon ‘vision’ continues to grow even among those involved in the independence campaign.

Such dissent shows that the Scottish National Party is incapable of leading Scotland to independence under the failing leadership of Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon.

The comments of Fairlie and Wilson echo views voiced by Jim Cuthbert, an economist frequently cited by the SNP, and John Kay, a former economic adviser to the First Minister.

So, when is the U turn coming from the ‘jolly fat man’ and ‘concerned citizen’?

Even the pro-independence Scottish Greens have also urged the SNP to keep the option of a new currency open.

The crash is coming, Yes Scotland the SNP front has run out of ideas, the SNP has no vision, Salmond’s ‘jolly fat man’ routine has failed to win support, polls keep showing decline, and Sturgeon still fails to realise that she can’t turn round the situation.

More pudding Alex?

Today is 505 days to the political death of Alex Salmond, no one is backing him!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

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