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The past couple of weeks I've been involved in a DIY project involving litres of Dulux satinwood, gallons of emulsion, rollers, brushes, several sheets of sandpaper and varying degrees of patience. All this activity evolved from the January sales when I was offered carpet at a price I couldn't refuse. It was initially intended for the hallway but somehow, during the measuring up visit, the living room became involved and thus the D-I-Y grew like Topsy.
Although my time at the computer has been limited, I didn't miss some of the deluge of outrage from Scottish independence at the Economist's 'Skintland' cover which I found mildly amusing, although a little crass. It's not the greatest piece of satire but It certainly didn't upset me or give me cause to vent my spleen against the Economist which is well known for its Tory views.
However, one independence supporter, with an intact sense of humour, has contributed an excellent rebuttal (image above). There are some clever additions in the comments such as Edinbraw, oil by the Barra and the river Going Forth.
Another blogger expanded on the Economist article with their usual articulate contribution which is well worth reading and promotes the positive with a humorous graphic and the subtitle 'Skint? Us? Think again Engloaned'.
This is how independence supporters should be reacting to unionist criticism - with intelligent responses. Faux anger does nothing for the cause and tends to display nationalists as small-minded and always looking for an excuse to become aggrieved about England. That's not how I want independence supporters to be portrayed. Most of us are confident, relaxed and are happy to argue their case without reacting furiously to a little mischief from the opposition.
Dare I suggest that some stop being 'pure affronted' (as they say in Glasgow) and find their sense of humour.
The 'offending' front page of the Economist - for those of you who missed it - is below.
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