Scotland’s ‘jolly fat man’ Alex Salmond is having a terrible independence campaign, his exceptional poor judgment on the major reserved issues is astounding to political watchers.
His main mistake was to put Scotland’s unpopular Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as the ‘face of independence’.
She had utterly failed to garner support; the SNP plan to create phoney little groups to moblise support was rather poorly thought-out and never should have happened.
Yes Scotland is seen as an SNP front, staffed by the SNP, funded by the SNP and directed by the SNP. They did however allow a few posts to go to other groups such the Scottish Greens.
So far most of the directors, all women have jumped ship, even the former SNP MSP Shirley-Anne Somerville wasn’t loyal.
On the thorny issue of the EU and potentially Scotland’s own membership as a new State, Salmond has called on the UK Government to approach Brussels over his plan to fast-track an independent Scotland's membership of the EU.
This won’t happen.
And it is stupid to ask.
One has to wonder if it has clicked to those in the SNP that EU grants and EU law are now a source of concern, because if Scotland did go independent there would be a gap.
Does the white paper have a bill in it to address whether EU will continue in the event if Scotland left and then managed to obtain membership in its own right?
Probably not, Alex Salmond is an opportunist, he isn’t particularly bright and if we also include Ms. Sturgeon in the mix, the leadership need others to do their thinking for them.
Now, Salmond has gone cap in hand to urged UK ministers to work with the Scottish Government to test a new legal proposal.
This is outlined in his independence White Paper, to bypass the EU's usual, lengthy accession procedure.
You don’t ask for something that you aren’t entitled to, and add to it the British Government will not be conceding any ground that Salmond and his vile nasty clique have any legitimate claims beyond their remit.
Put bluntly, they can fuck off!
Scottish officials have confirmed the Scottish Government had no plans to contact the European Commission directly.
The EU blew Sturgeon out when she requested a meeting because they will not interfere with the internal domestic politics of a member country.
The EU told the SNP a year ago that any request for legal advice on an independent Scotland's plans for membership must be submitted via the UK.
The UK holds the contract and has sole rights which are not transferable as the existing member state.
If Scotland leaves the UK, it automatically ceases to be within the EU sphere in any legal sense or framework.
The fast-track membership only emerged in the White Paper last month, the SNP leadership thinks that because they want something that everyone will just go along with them. The problem is that increasingly there are a lot of people who really don’t give a toss what they think and see them as just a burden to be ignored.
"Why don't we have a precise legal scenario (from Brussels)? Because the United Kingdom Government refuse to go to the Commission with the precise legal scenario."
Isn’t this the man whose party claimed that Scotland that Scotland would have automatic membership?
Is this the man who said that the SNP had eminent legal experts to shore up his position?
What he did have was a few people not connected to the EU making statements that weren’t fact but opinion, an opinion worth as much value as the guy down the pub.
Some of the people I recall were even dead!
Good call Alex!
The UK Government has declined all previous requests to approach Brussels and they won’t be on the phone anytime soon over fast track membership.
Scots Tory leader Ruth Davidson about 18 months ago on the BBC pulled out a letter that the SNP had never contacted Brussels either as a Government or as an opposition to ask about membership.
Now as per usual, the SNP clique wants others to do the work for them while they sit back and reap any rewards. Davidson said it was "extraordinary" the First Minister had not attempted to contact Brussels direct.
The long running SNP leadership debacle over EU membership is a sign of the utter incompetence of Alex Salmond and unpopular Nicola Sturgeon.
Now an increasingly desperate Alex Salmond is looking like a rat trapped in a barrel running round in circles looking for a way out of his self created problems.
Scotland has rejected him and Sturgeon’s poisonous vision of independence.
David Cameron and Westminster won’t dancing to a Scottish jig because Salmond is sitting this one out on the EU, all dressed up and nowhere to go.
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University