Monday, 17 February 2014
Osborne And The EU Attempt To Get Tough
Last week was some week wasn’t it? George Osborne, representing the ‘big boys’, ensured his speech to the Scots flooded the airways. "No pound for you people if you decide to take care of your own country. We do it better, much better and you need us to nanny you along - so there!”
Not quite what he said but that was what I understood. Perhaps the best speech the unionists have contributed - entirely free of charge too - to the independence campaign.
It wasn’t bullying claims the Guardian. It was bullying says the Express. Who should we believe? Difficult, because there is so little detail from either side, although I tend to believe that Osborne’s claims are greatly exaggerated.
At the end of Osborne’s speech one point stood out clearly. The UK is not a ‘union of equals’. We are a subsumed nation with no authority. All my lifetime politicians from Westminster have controlled is tightly. It becomes more obvious day by day. (Leave aside the controlling aspect of Alex Salmond’s government for the moment such as the state controlling every aspect of our children from the cradle).
Sterling is an internationally traded currency so Westminster cannot prevent Scotland using it after independence, but it can block the use of the Bank of England as a guarantor.
Yesterday, possibly after a quick call from No 10, Barosso decided Scotland would have a difficult time joining the EU. Of course that was music to my ears, but nonsense. Barosso, who won’t be in office at the referendum, is nervous about the Spain/Catalonia problem, hence his efforts to emphasise difficulties Scotland may or may not face regarding membership of this corrupt organisation.
So, all good fun these past few days. Are we any nearer to knowing facts from either side? Not really. It appears the unionist politicians can verbosely orate untruths at a remarkable speed and it also shows the difficulty the Yes camp has in defending its position. David and Goliath springs to mind and we all know the result of that well known bedtime story.
BBC Scotlandshire has the inside story.