Wednesday, 6 August 2014
Was There A Winner?
I have yet to watch the whole STV broadcast of the debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling, but what little I did see I found disappointing.
The other day I read Alex Salmond had ‘been taking lessons in delivery technique’ and I expect the leader of the Better Together campaign received similar tuition. But the question is was it worthwhile?
Alistair Darling appeared to be his usual self - just managing to stay slightly above the ‘boring’ threshold. (The part of the programme I did see last night was when the currency for an independent Scotland was discussed.)
What was wrong with Alex Salmond? I’ve heard him speak several times over the years and was always left feeling reinvigorated in my desire for Scotland’s independence but last night Mr Salmond seemed to be sedated. Where was his passion? Where was his conviction? Surely he knew that Darling would push the ‘Plan B’ issue. I was prepared for a feisty response, but was left feeling disappointed.
The currency issue matters a great deal to many of my friends. It’s their main reason for swithering and I was hoping they would be more assured once Alex Salmond explained his policy last night. Hope wasn’t enough. I felt deflated. His responses were adequate but lacked the usual Salmond persuasiveness.
It’s probably quite unfair of me to judge the debate on a 20 minute section, but currency is one of the most crucial elements of any country’s ability to stand alone.
There have been rumours over the years that Alex Salmond suffers badly from back problems. Yesterday could just have been ‘one of those days’. Unfortunately, the public are fickle and make no allowances for bad days.
Then again, it crossed my mind he was over-rehearsed. That can lead to a flat delivery.
What did you make of it? Apologies to those of you outside Scotland who were unable to view it. For ITV to assume there would be no interest outwith Scotland is arrogant - to say the least.
Here is Craig Murray’s assessment of the programme. Once I’ve watched all of it I’ll probably more or less agree with him.