It seems that the wind isn’t blowing in the right direction for Scotland’s ‘jolly fat man’ Alex Salmond and unpopular Nicola Sturgeon.
The chief executive of the oil company Shell has said he would like Scotland to "remain part of the UK".
Salmond cannot get the backing of big business, and as businesses go, Shell is huge!
At a company reception in London on Wednesday, Ben van Beurden said he valued the "continuity and stability" of the UK.
No luck Salmond, no one likes you, no one trusts and no one is backing you.
Maybe if you had run the SNP as an inclusive party instead of a ‘rat ship’ you might have credibility.
Buerden said the company had reached this view for the same reasons it supported the UK staying "inside the EU".
Why rock the boat and see ripples spread.
Last week, Shell hosted the UK cabinet at its headquarters in Aberdeen; the SNP Cabinet couldn’t get any decent size business to host them so ended up in a Church hall.
Someone obviously took ‘Christian charity’ on them and their money!
At the time, the chairman of Shell UK, Ed Daniels, said the independence debate was "a matter for Scottish people" and that "it would be wrong" for Shell to intervene.
Well, when your business is at risk, it is time to get on the playing field and take a side.
Salmond cannot be trusted.
And Ms. Sturgeon has shown to be capable of playing the angry wee Nat coupled with loathing of the truth.
Mr van Beurden's view on independence came on the day Lloyds Banking Group and Barclays both cited the Scottish independence referendum as a potential risk to their businesses.
Seems everything like a house of cards is coming down for the Nationalists.
Too many ‘bams’ who think they are master minds, when the opposite is true.
In their annual reports, the banks have listed the referendum alongside a raft of other perceived risks from the UK, Europe and across the world.
Van Beurden added:
"Yes, we're used to operating in uncertain political and economic environments. But, given a choice, we want to know as accurately as possible what investment conditions will look like 10 or 20 years from now. That's the chief reason we're in favour of the UK maintaining its long-established place at the heart of the European Union: it provides greater investment stability and certainty. But, as a global business with feet planted firmly on both sides of the Channel, we also believe that the UK's national interests are best served by a close relationship with Europe. The continent faces medium-term challenges - not least relating to its economic competitiveness. But we believe those challenges are best tackled - to the benefit of all - with the UK's voice loudly expressed and loudly heard inside the EU. It's for similar reasons that we'd like to see Scotland remain part of the United Kingdom. Shell has a long history of involvement in the North Sea - and therefore in Scotland - and we continue to invest more than a billion pounds there every year."
No one trusts Salmond and Sturgeon.
A spokeswoman for the Scottish government said:
"We would be happy to meet with Shell to discuss the future of the oil and gas industry in an independent Scotland”.
There isn’t going to be an independent Scotland under Salmond and Sturgeon, people are deserting their cause, and rightly so.
Paid mouth added:
"As Ed Daniels, chairman of Shell UK has acknowledged, the independence debate is a matter for the Scottish people”.
So, why then are the SNP Ministers wanting to debate with UK Government Ministers then?
Mixed messages or plain stupid?
Probably, it is just plain stupid, why give an idiot the benefit of the doubt!
A recent Oil and Gas People poll showed that in fact, 70% of oil workers planned to vote for independence. The poll was held on facebook and was condemned as utter crap by commentators.
I guess Salmond will have to rely on ‘market traders’ and ‘del boy’ operations cause he will get precious little else in the way of support.
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University