After the big build up, the wait was finally over last Tuesday, the Scottish National Party’s version of an independent Scotland was revealed.
Sadly, there was nothing new as the SNP smashed together two SNP manifestos, one for Westminster and the other for Holyrood.
Scottish independence cannot be run as an election, it had to be done as a ‘special’, due to a considerable lack of talent in the SNP which is run as a clique using the ‘cult of personality’ centred around Alex Salmond, it has all come crashing down around him and Scotland’s unpopular Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
The day, itself was dark and overcast, there was no feeling that something special was happening in Govan where the white paper was launched nor at Holyrood, no crowds present, two Yes supporters and a guy with a Union Jack was ‘the crowd’.
It was worse than the Edinburgh Agreement where at its height according to Gordon Brewer of Newsnight Scotland, the ‘baker’s dozen’ turned up, 13 brave souls wandered by to see the 'historic day'. Failed Dunfermline candidate Shirley Anne Somerville cited that people might have had difficulties getting to the front, mocked by Brewer.
So, the last bullet has been fired by Alex Salmond, no more rounds in the clip.
The aftermath now is that just 27% of Scots said that they supported independence.
27% is a sign of the continual feebleness that has dogged unpopular Nicola Sturgeon, the ‘face of independence’; Nicola really does turn guys off, and also women, it must be something to do with her personality.
27% has further to drop with Nicola Sturgeon at the helm, the more she speaks, the more people realise that she and Alex Salmond can’t be trusted, can’t be trusted at all.
The group that Sturgeon is also tasked with turning around is the ‘don’t knows’, they sit at around 17%, even if you add all of them to the 27%, Sturgeon can’t win!
The results will come as little comfort to Scottish Government ministers who abandoned their desks to run away and leave their departments hanging in the wind!
Scotland is on pause and has been since 2011.
Of the launch day itself, the SNP staged a high-profile press conference as they launched their "indy plan". It was spin over substance, it was delusion over vision, it was goodnight and good bye for their last chance.
The new poll is grim for Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon as 49% of respondents thought that their families would be worse off within an independent Scotland.
Of those who thought they would be better off or who believe the SNP rhetoric 23% are willing to trust Salmond that milk and honey is just around the corner.
The 23% haven’t done enough reading or aren’t asking the real questions, they are going on blind faith, and that isn’t good enough.
Scotland’s unpopular Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was tasked as the ‘face of independence’, she was supposed to reach out to gain the crucial women’s vote, however, when you have a horrible personality, and are seemingly lacking in integrity, she wouldn’t be fooling women any time soon, among women only 23% intended to vote Yes.
Over 75% of Scottish women aren’t buying what Nicola Sturgeon is selling, so much for the ‘face of independence’; did the SNP seriously expect that Sturgeon can appeal to women?
See what I mean by a complete lack of genuine talent in the SNP?
George Laird is always right.
Last week First Minister Alex Salmond boldly declared the 650-page document was the "most comprehensive blueprint for an independent country ever published, not just for Scotland but for any prospective independent nation".
His aide, or more descriptively liability SNP MSP Joan McAlpine said that compared to this the US ‘Declaration of Independence’ was a foot note.
Ms. McAlpine is of course utterly deluded and her column in the Daily Record is a comic piece of nonsense.
Professor John Curtice of Strathclyde University said:
"There can be little doubt the 'yes' side will be disappointed with this result as it does not show any evidence of any measurable swing in opinion."
I have bumped into Professor Curtice on three occasions, he is seen as the go to guy for electoral stuff and politics.
He added that one of the reasons that there appears to have no impact on public opinion is that the White Paper "has not immediately persuaded people they will be better off and this is crucial".
There is such a thing called ‘wisdom of the crowds’, this is where a group of people gather together and come up with the right solutions, many minds are better than one.
In the SNP, when the clique surrounding Salmond and Sturgeon gather together and they can’t come up with anything to push independence forward, they have spent a year and a half continually failing to create and aspire.
The Scottish independence launch by the SNP wasn’t helped by Scotland’s unpopular Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wearing the ‘Coat of Destiny’, this jacket she wore on the day summed up for me, the SNP’s entire problem, they just look and sound ridiculous.
Particularly Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon!
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University