It seems that the ‘big battle’ between Prime Minister David Cameron and Alex Salmond isn’t going to happen.
In the Red corner is David Cameron, a man with a young wife, a full head of hair and a reasonably flat stomach.
In the blue corner, Alex Salmond, a man married to a woman old enough to be his mother, losing his hair, and a gut hanging out all over the place.
It is as the coalition sources say as "a non-starter".
Alex Salmond is desperate, and recent outbursts of un-costed promises show him up as a fantasist.
Re-nationalise Royal Mail is a non starter and the newest idea of retire a year early when the trends all over Europe is to keep people working for longer will not happen either.
Bullshit as well.
“We are off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz.”
Always liked that movie, now Salmond is a man who will say anything that sounds good, and then there is the issue of the financial black hole in Scotland’s finances.
Plan for that?
Alistair Darling, of Better Together campaign, says that Salmond is engaging in the politics of deflection.
The idea that David Cameron was ever going to do a TV head-to-head with Scotland’s ‘jolly fat man’ was never going to happen, you don’t get in the way of someone who is burying themselves, you stand back and let them get on with it.
Alastair Darling says that he speaks for Scotland on the independence issue, and has promptly threw down the gauntlet to challenge the First Minister to debate with him.
Salmond’s position is that Blair Jenkins, the disastrous leader of Yes Scotland is more appropriate opponent for Mr Darling.
One senior Whitehall insider said:
"The Scottish Government might continue to bang away at this, but it's a non-starter. There is absolutely no way the Prime Minister will debate with Salmond. This is not about Salmond versus Cameron. This is about Salmond versus Scotland."
Quite so ma’am!
In a new begging letter to the Prime Minister, Salmond insisted:
"It is not possible, with any degree of consistency or credibility, to involve yourself and your government so centrally in the referendum process and then refuse to publicly debate these very issues."
Someone bring a chicken in here?
The Unionist side has rightly thought-out that their campaign should be led by Scottish voices.
And what is the devastating thinking to counter this move?
Whether Salmond likes it or not, he will have to step into the ring with Alastair Darling at some point.
Things are going really badly, no George Laird radical thinking.
The biggest laugh of the indy rally on Saturday for me was Aamer Anwar from Glasgow University, standing beside Blair Jenkins.
He is a Sturgeon crony, I remember him from my time at university; he wasn’t liked. He is a Sturgeon crony as I said, and a reason why Scotland should vote No.
When I saw him, it really did reinforce in me that I am not giving Alex Salmond and Scotland’s unpopular Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, my vote September 2014.
Aamer Anwar is a complete prick!
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University