There were a range of issues which lost the Scottish independence referendum, chiefly the worst mistake was the SNP leadership of Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon lied, lied and lied.
On the issue of currency they tried to hoodwink Scots into the belief that they could still use the pound and it would be backed the Bank of England.
“It’s our pound” was the cry!
If Scotland became independent they would then dump the pound and have to set up a new currency of their own and a Central Bank.
Because EU regulations for States wishing to be included in the current setup demand it, no currency of your own, no acceptance of potential membership!
And understand this because it is important, no way round it!
During the referendum Alistair Darling who led the BT campaign played an effective game, some people thought he was right for the role, I never had a doubt.
Leadership is more than just personality, it’s about gravitas, he had it, Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon don’t; they just leap from short term crisis to short term crisis to garner votes.
Populism may get you into public office but it won’t keep you there, sooner or later the tide of public opinion will force you out. When you do get ejected it is usually because the public has had enough of you and your antics.
Alex Salmond infuriated people in the Yes camp because he was selling a pile of crap dressed up as a blueprint, Joan McAlpine tried to give it gravitas by saying it was an important document like the American Constitution.
Fuck off with that shite!
The White Paper was a badly cobbled together piece of rubbish devoid of substance and frankly a joke, a blue print for an entire country in 650 pages?
When pressed on alternate plans, Salmond said of course there is a plan B and C and D, when directly asked he never answered what they are. Probably because he would then be forced to admit that plan A was a con trick, a massive fraud attempted on Scots.
Lots of Scots fell for it to their shame; they placed people’s lives in danger by their stupidity, the black hole in Scotland’s finances was about around £7 billion. You put that out of Scotland’s budget and people down the line suffer.
“Sterlingisation” was not the worst lie, the automatic EU membership was even greater, when the SNP got found out on that lie, they change it to of course we would have to discuss terms but we can do it from inside.
That ‘from inside’ was another lie, you have to leave the UK first before you can apply for membership, there is no negotiation from the ‘inside’ because technically part of a current state cannot be accepted for membership.
You have to be totally out.
Another lie was when the SNP said ‘look at German reunification, if they can do it so can we, the situation was quite different, German reunification was first and foremost a matter of internal German politics outside the scope of the EU.
An EU State can enlarge and still keep its membership because it already has it.
On the issue of currency, I was always convinced that a new currency was needed even while I was an SNP member; there is no other option if you want EU membership.
Jim Sillars at present is calling for the launch of indyref 2 and wants a second attempt with a new currency being centre piece.
The boat on indy has sailed, and more importantly, indy is beyond the scope of the SNP to deliver, just as the majority of people wouldn’t back Alex Salmond, they won’t back unpopular Nicola Sturgeon.
At present the SNP is riding high, because there is no one seen to be able to challenge them, the main parties are crying out for new blood to come in and bring back their fortunes.
The SNP said many of the institutions such as the BBC won’t change; we later found out that they planned to scrap the BBC.
If the SNP had gone with a separate Scottish currency, a proper white paper and played it straight, they still would have lost but they opted for lying, their supporters used terror tactics, bullying and intimidation.
In the end, the SNP was always going to lose because they had dropped their mask and exposed themselves as they really are nasty, vile vicious people prepared to lie and cheat to get hold of a country to which they planned to use to benefit themselves at the expense of the many.
When I was in the SNP I genuinely didn’t know what these people were like, after I left, I decide as a lifelong indy supporter that there was no way I was turning my country over to these people.
In my area, the Pollok Constituency I helped save Govan Shipbuilders, the BBC and the NHS, all of these organisations would have been crippled by the stupidity of the SNP.
And I am proud that I helped people I never even met keep their jobs, get medical treatment and report the news, independence was supposed to be about the future benefit of the people, not what the SNP meant benefit of the rich, which they were so willing to climb into bed with.
Lying by Alex Salmond and Nicola sturgeon killed indy for a generation!
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University