Late post this morning. A few hours of weeding, cutting back daffodil leaves and clearing hundreds of yellowing bluebell leaves yesterday has taken it's toll and movement is slightly restricted at present. A rub down with medium sandpaper should do the trick and as the day progresses I'm sure seized muscles will relent.
Perusing the newspapers, I see that likeable and controversial unionist, Allan Massie is at it again with his headline: 'In Alistair Darling Alex Salmond has his match...'. At least he concedes that an independent Scotland would be a reasonably prosperous small country, but then points out that in breaking the Union, the losses would outweigh the gains.
How I wish a group of independent economists, from both sides of the argument, would design spreadsheets showing these minimal gains and excessive losses. Even something similar to a pros and cons list such as I write occasionally when I'm undecided, would do initially.
This morning it was a tweet from Caron which made me smile.
And Salmond says Darling's speech had words like borders, division and upheaval. What does he think independence means, for goodness sake?
I replied we already have borders throughout the UK or perhaps Mr Darling hasn't noticed. Admittedly the border between Scotland and England, at the main crossing points, isn't highly visible even though Scotland has a massive area called The Borders.
Division next. There's been division between the north and south for centuries. Mr Darling's labour party did nothing to balance the scales and now David Cameron is suggesting benefits should be calculated on a regional basis. A garage in London can cost the price of a three bedroomed house here in Scotland and Mr Cameron thinks the garage owner should receive higher benefits than the three-bed owner in Glasgow. Division? The only way in which that would be resolved is if Scotland had control of its benefit system. Independence would provide that.
Upheaval - Most Westminster politicians don't like upheaval. Their preference is the status quo with a little tinkering at the edges now and again, in order to justify their rather handsome salaries publicly. The UK political system needs a radical reorganisation and the upheaval connected with Scotland taking independence could be a superb catalyst. Another benefit for England.
The unionists will have to come up with something far more substantial an sensible if they are to gain any momentum in the argument. Making speeches using emotive language won't win them votes.