One blink for yes, two for no, 3000 for blind panic

A new opinion poll from Panelbase, crowd funded by Wings Over Scotland, has delivered the final blow to the currency masterplan to scare nationalism stone dead. The Yes vote is still going up. When don’t knows are excluded, Yes is on 47% with No on 53%. A swing of just 3% is all that is required to wipe out No’s increasingly narrow lead.

Project Fear now says that they expected this reaction, perhaps because they didn’t expect people in Scotland to be normal adult human beings who don’t like being patronised and threatened with theft. Or more likely they’re lying through their teeth and are struggling to find an explanation for a central strategy that’s backfired.

They certainly didn’t believe Scots would be angered by the hypocrisy of claiming on the one hand that this is the greatest union and most successful partnership in the histories of the multiverse, but at the same time insisting that nothing that pertains to the Union belongs to Scotland at all. And they didn’t expect anyone to say – Oh good, so ye’ll be stickin yer national debt up George Osborne’s airse then.

The Yes vote wasn’t reversed. It wasn’t stopped in its tracks. It has continued to eat its way into Better Together’s fragile support. The response took the Better Together campaign aback, even more than the discovery that Scotland does not look to John Barrowman for either political or fashion advice, even more than the discovery that Scotland doesn’t think Andrew Marr is a neutral and unbiased interviewer.

There was no alternative but to claim they’d thought there might be a minor backlashette – but once we’ve calmed down and thought things through rationally, we’ll end up in complete accord with the people who’ve pissed us off and realise they only threatened to rip us off for our own good. We’ll sit quietly, and agree that the things that we thought were partly ours are not in fact ours at all, it was silly and irrational of us to think otherwise. And we’ll do this without the benefit of pharmeceuticals. Alistair Darling thinks he’s enough of a downer all by himself, and in that respect at least, he’s spot on.

But ask yourself – do you know of any disagreement anywhere where that has ever happened? Human nature doesn’t work that way. Normal human beings don’t work that way. What happens after a disagreement where one party is aggrieved that the other doesn’t recognise the first party’s rights is not for the first party to go off, cool its heels, then come to the conclusion it was wrong to claim those rights in the first place. What normal humans do is to go off and seek arguments and information which confirms their initial emotional response, then use it as ammunition to beat the second party around the head with.

And the normal people, as opposed to the drones and policy wonks in Westminster, are finding those arguments and that information, which provide ammunition with the explosive power of the Clyde nuclear bases. Better Together’s argument is as cohesive as Gwyneth Paltrow’s marriage, only it’s uncoupled itself far less consciously. Few believed Osborne even before an unnamed senior Tory minister let it slip that it was all a bargaining ploy. And today the Sunday Herald has stuck the boot in further with the revelation that there’s nothing to reveal.

Despite the question of ruling out a currency union being the sort of high level economic decision that governments only arrive at after due consideration with equally high ranking civil servants, there is no paper trail. There was no consultation, no papers presented by Whitehall mandarins with the exception of the MacPherson memo, three A4 pages of alarmist woo that were trashed by real economists. The memo was penned just days before Osborne Alexander and Balls released the currency fearbomb, choreographed by Alistair Darling and his Tory Poll Tax pal.

The Sunday Herald has discovered Treasury “has no record” of when its mandarins first raised concerns about a possible currency union with an independent Scotland. If it really had been a matter of such serious concern, the subject should have been raised the moment that the SNP first formed the Scottish Government. But no one in the Treasury thought to bring the subject up until just a couple of days before George went to Embra with a smug look on his mug. What a strange and convenient coincidence.

Better Together has shot itself in the foot again. Normally briefing papers like the MacPherson memo are subject to the 30 year disclosure rule. Governments don’t like us finding out what they do until the perpetrators are safely deid, or at least long retired from public life. It might be uncomfortable for them if we were to discover what, for example, a certain Alistair Darling said in cabinet meetings when devolution was being discussed.

But George required something to give the new tactic a bit of credibility, and so authorised the release of the memo, which in turn meant Freedom of Information requests could be made on the back on it. What papers came before the paper that was released? What memos and discussions led to its writing? There’s always a paper trail in government. There isn’t with the currency union threat. Which is what you’d expect if they made it all up after Alistair told them that they needed to stick the boot into Eck.

Alistair blinked his way furiously through an interview on Andrew Marr’s Sunday Service in praise of the gods of Westminster. Not that Marr subjected him to any questioning. There was nothing from the BBC’s supposedly incisive political interviewer about Ali’s role in inventing the back firing currency scare.

Someone’s not done their homework, and now they’ve been found out, although not by Andrew Marr. Better Together didn’t do the research and write up their findings, they made it all up on the schoolbus carrying George to his press conference in Embra. No wonder George didn’t want to answer any questions. No wonder Andrew Marr didn’t want to ask Ali any of the difficult questions Ali’s so fond of asking himself.

Now we can add another item to the long and growing list of failures in Westminster that only independence can remedy – freedom of information. A government that keeps its workings secret from the people it governs isn’t a government the people can trust. George Osborne and Alistair Darling have proven it.  Blink blink blink.

Let’s change that in September.



16 comments on “One blink for yes, two for no, 3000 for blind panic

  1. hektorsmum says:

    An absolutely brilliant Blog, Could not get any more cutting if it tried. Well we know they are a devious bunch and pretty useless at defending their Union, now they have proved it.

  2. Yipe, just aboot says it all.

  3. smiling vulture says:

    Jurrastic Park style,no monster even mentioned

  4. alex mckechnie says:

    Flipper has surpassed himself on the Marr interview or love in if it can be called that. when will these wake up to the fact that no one is listening to them and start asking some real questions from both sides Soft sofa time for Ali Liebour even so all he could do was blink his way thro he is one of the best assets that the YES side has in the way he replies with same old waffle, he will need to answer to himself and the people of Scotland after the vote in September, its blinking obvious.

  5. liz says:

    I have to say I’m surprised at their apparent ineptitude.
    You think they would learn that no-one likes to cave in under pressure.
    Most folk’s pride wouldn’t allow it.

    I think this is one of the reasons why young women are the most likely no voters because they will probably worry less about their pride and are therefore more likely to allow the scare stories to influence them.

    The latest from call me Dave is that he is more concerned about the GE in 2015 than the indy ref.
    Distancing himself maybe as no politician like to be associated with failure.
    Darling will be landed with the blame – hence multiple blinking.

    PS nice to meet you and the wingers at the counting house – a good night.

    • Iain says:

      In his autobiographical ‘Reflections on the Irish State’, former Prime Minister Garret Fitzgerald and his aides used to be taken aback with the regularity with which UK governments’ positions would change without warning or pattern. Fitzgerald initiallt put it down to a Machiavellian strategy developed through the centuries, but came to realise it was purely shambolic ineptitude. A bit like the Better Together UKOKs of today.

  6. […] A new opinion poll from Panelbase, crowd funded by Wings Over Scotland, has delivered the final blow to the currency masterplan to scare nationalism stone dead. The Yes vote is still going up. When…  […]

  7. wee e says:

    “three A4 pages of alarmist woo that were trashed by real economists.”
    LOL – pithy!

  8. macart763 says:

    Oh Jeez, train wreck!

    Not only has the FOI upset the whole cunning ploy, but Darling being implicated by the ‘unnamed deepthroat minister’ as architect. I wonder how happy your average voter in middle, marginal seat England is that a guy they didn’t vote for (OOOHHHH the irony) is influencing policy releases from the coalition run treasury? Hahahahahaha.😀

  9. Fluff says:

    If the memo was penned just days before Osbornes Edinburgh speech then he managed to alter his diary quite quickly to give the speech. How far in advance was the media aware that the speech was going to be made? Did they know before the date on which the memo was written? I thought that Government Ministers diaries would be made up quite a while in advance so to alter it at such short notice on receipt of the memo seems implausible to say the least.

  10. bearinorkney says:

    If his eye lashes go up and down any faster we’ll have lift off.

  11. Vlad (not that one) says:

    Re: “It might be uncomfortable for them if we were to discover what, for example, a certain Alistair Darling said in cabinet meetings when devolution was being discussed.”
    He is quite safe on that count. As far as I know Cabinet minutes tend to list those present, topics discussed and decisions made. Not at all who said what.

  12. Aidan says:

    Look who it is!

    “Blinky (Japanese: 赤ベイ Akabei) is the leader of the ghosts and the arch-enemy of Pac-Man. He chases Pac-Man constantly, and can be very dangerous. He is known to have a short temper, and is good friends with Inky, Pinky and Clyde.”

    I’m having visions of an angry Darling chasing after a rotund figure in bright SNP yellow, who is going around eating up votes until he gets another power-up and all the ghosts go into “scatter mode”!

    I think I may just have monstered him!

    “The enemies in Pac-Man are known variously as “ghosts,” “goblins,” and “monsters”. Despite the seemingly random nature of the enemies, their movements are strictly deterministic, which players have used to their advantage.”

  13. Les Wilson says:

    Not so funny thing is, that the UK’s finances are in the shit, debt keeps going up, no matter how they spin it. A currency Union ? They will bit our hand off to get us tied in there.

    Sterling is ever increasingly toxic and a car crash waiting to happen. So do not doubt there will be a CU. They will play hardball but truth is the have no balls to play with, they NEED us in.

    Otherwise their demise will hasten. With us in, we will be dragged into the malaise, which will just be delayed a little longer.

    Question that has to be asked, do we really want tied to a toxic Currency Union at all? Perhaps not after all!

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