Some fool in the UK Government coalition said that in the event of Scotland becoming independent, a deal would be done on sharing Sterling, perhaps in exchange for possibly allowing Faslane to continue.
The remark was ill judged and rather stupid, there are no deals to be had. When George Osborne said no to a Sterling Zone, he wasn’t just giving a personal view; he spoke with the authority of David Cameron.
And Cameron has entered into a pact with Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg.
If anyone was to renege on the pact, in 2015 at the Westminster election, the party that did so would face getting slaughtered at the polls and be out of Government for a generation.
The blunder was immediately seized on by the Nationalists to say that their lie of getting a deal was ‘bluff and bluster’ on the part of the Unionists.
The Independence vote is later in the year but the Westminster election falls immediately after so, not only has the coalition minister spoke out of turn, they are promising something which isn’t in their power to grant.
Scotland’s unpopular Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has seized on the remarks to try and milk it for all that it is worth.
She trots out the falsehood there will be a currency union between an independent Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom.
Why because the SNP are economically illiterate, their tactic over Sterling is a vote cache vehicle, there is nothing more to it. Later on, you would see the SNP then take Scotland into the European Union and accept the Euro currency.
Why accept the Euro?
Two reasons, one drive a further wedge between Scotland and the rest of the UK, and secondly, lender of last resort facility.
Although Nicola Sturgeon thinks that there is a chance, it is false hope, Tory Chancellor George Osborne, his Labour and Liberal Democrat counterparts have already ruled out the currency union.
And for what it is worth so joins the chorus, Nick Clegg, the unionist camp suffered a bad weekend due to the stupidity of one person.
The Minister said:
''of course'' there would be a decision to share the pound if voters north of the border decide to leave the UK. Saying no to a currency union is obviously a vital part of the No campaign. But everything would change in the negotiations if there were a Yes vote."
This person should be sacked.
You have to wonder what their IQ is, and did they think out what they blurted out.
Sturgeon in trying to ‘big’ this up says the "shambles" from the UK Government would have a "long and lasting" impact on the NO campaign.
How she loves the sound of her own voice talking rubbish.
Short term damage has been done, but not long term.
George Osborne and the Liberal Democrat Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander rejected the anonymous minister's claims by doing a spot of firefighting over the weekend, but we have now hit Monday.
The reason we also know that there will be no Sterling Zone is that the UK had to respond to the threat by Scotland’s ‘jolly fat man’ Alex Salmond to renege on the debt.
A Downing Street spokesman stating:
''There will not be a currency union in the event of independence."
In trying to make out the unnamed minister speaks for Westminster, Sturgeon said:
"The legacy of Westminster's unintended outburst of honesty on sharing the pound with an independent Scotland is that no-one will believe a word the No campaign say about anything anymore. The legacy of this shambles for the No campaign will be long and lasting - we now know that what they say in public is just campaign talk to try to stop the people of Scotland voting Yes. As the UK Government minister said: 'everything would change' once we achieve a Yes vote. What has become apparent over the past 72 hours is that not even the No campaign believe their own absurd charges. They are just things dreamed up and said by the self-styled 'project fear' to try to stop an independent Scotland. But they know - as we know - that they aren't true. The bluff and bluster by the Westminster establishment on currency isn't true either - the pound is Scotland's currency every bit as much as the rest of the UK's, and a currency union is in the interests of both, which is why it will happen. What the No campaign say in public and what they know to be the case in private are two completely different things - the reason they are furious with this UK Government minister is because he or she had the temerity to tell the truth about the pound. That is the conclusion of this particular issue - and it will give even more people the confidence to put Scotland's future in Scotland's hands by voting Yes in September."
If you look at this logically, is she seriously claiming that one unnamed minister who isn’t willing to go on the record speaks Westminster?
What is going to happen in September is that Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon are going to lose rather badly, the ‘fight’ isn’t between Scotland and England, it is between Salmond and the Scottish people.
In politics, you will always get some idiot putting their foot in it, this was a shambles, but events will move on, the story will be milked by the SNP probably for the rest of the week and continually brought up; one way to kill it is to find the unnamed minister and publicly sack them.
One thing which wouldn’t be happening is that Scotland’s unpopular Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will be snatching victory out of the jaws of defeat.
September 2014, those jaws will snap shut so hard that Alex Salmond will be finished as a political force; he fired his last bullet in November 2013 when he launched the disastrous ‘white paper’.
A paper utterly devoid of substance!
Finally, this isn’t a ‘game changer’ because nothing Salmond and Sturgeon done moved events; they are just commentating on stupidity.
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University