Something I was reading this morning made me think of the morphogenetic field. (Maybe not the longest word ever used on here but probably the most pretentious.) Some of you will likely have heard of this. It’s when an ability is learned by a certain number of a species and then becomes available to the rest, sort of like they’re plugged into some kind of common consciousness. I heard of an experiment they were trying in the USA where they’d lightly poisoned lamb carcasses and left them lying around for the local wolf population, the idea being that when a certain number had been devoured causing Mr Wolf to all but honk his ring up, next time he fancied a snack he’d go chase a deer or something rather than take the easy option and what the hell has this got to do with the Yes campaign? Bear with me…
All the negativity recently has really been wearing me down and at times making me wonder what’s the point. You vent your spleen on your blog but you can’t get anywhere near the circulation figures of the MSM or the BBC who are constantly trotting out one side of the argument. Let’s face it – if that’s all somebody’s hearing then that’s what they’re likely to believe. You look at Newsnet Scotland and it all seems to be people preaching to the already converted. I was in two minds whether to even bother with the blog this week. It’s not like there’s nothing to write about – far from it – it’s just that I’ve felt so down about things that I couldn’t really get motivated. Then I read a post by a fellow blogger this very morning and it could’ve been taken from inside my mind. Check it out along with the first comment. Very strange. Maybe the “we cannae” side are actually cleverer than we thought and they’ve started to use more esoteric techniques to derail the Yes bandwagon! Then again with the likes of Johann Lament and Mags Curran on board it’s probably not that at all. Nonetheless it’s just utterly, mind-numbingly relentless.
So who’s to blame? Simple – the SNP. It might not be a popular thing to say, but given the desperation of the salivating media up here to jump on the slightest slip-up, why on earth have they been peeling off the banana skins and merrily strewing them across their own paths? They should know by now that every single figure they present to the Scottish Parliament should be double, triple and quadruple checked before being stated as fact. Never mind that the First Minister to his very great credit went straight back to the chamber to apologise after this week’s debacle which can’t have been a very pleasant experience. Nobody likes being placed in that humiliating situation. He did it though rather than try and smother the story by invading Iraq or something similar. Do you honestly think the MSM would appreciate that? Of course not: “Salmond accused of misleading Parliament again” read the headlines. “How can we trust what this man says about independence when he can’t get a simple number right?” And on and on and on until it’s firmly hammered into the public consciousness, because like it or not, the Yes campaign IS Alex Salmond as far as the masses are concerned. This is something else that’s still to be sorted out.
Nobody can argue with the SNP’s historic result in May 2011, achieved on the back of a positive campaign, but is it not about time that the gloves were coming off here? Not to the extent of looking a complete tool like Ian Davidson on Newsnight but certainly the odd sly dig could be made, e.g. “I wish you’d been as thorough when Jackie Baillie falsified the hospital infection figures, Mr Brewer,” or “How can we trust people who deliberately colluded to suppress the McCrone report for the last 30 years” – that sort of thing. It’s really about time that lot were put on the back foot. When you’ve got the airtime then you might as well use it to get your own points across rather than being continually on the defensive. Upping your game and cutting out all the idiotic errors would be a useful exercise as well.
Never mind all that… I was out tying up some bunches of onions this afternoon when I saw this lovely sight above Cybernat Towers:
It does your wee heart good doesn’t it? There’s always the Daily Mail comments to cheer you up as well any time you’re afflicted by depression. Just do a search on “Scotland” on their site and it’s guaranteed to throw up a few brammers:
“If scotland goes independent (and I hope it does) the RBS debt should be transfered to this scottish bank and scotland made to pay england back for bailing it out, then It would be owned by the scots and thus forced to stay there. I am also looking forward to all the scots south of the border being forced to go home. Finally the Scots should not be allowed to keep the pound, we don’t want their dodgy economy draging the rest of the UK down. Go independent and get your own money or join the euro. Cant wait to 2014 just a shame I cant vote to kick the whinging scots out!”
“Scotland will be finished if they leave the UK. The poorer nations of Europe will not want them to join as they to will become a drain on the avalable money, meaning less for them. If anyone will lend them money on the International markets they would have no credit score so they would have to pay back loans at very high interest rates. Public spending would collapse, unemployment would soar and infastructure would begin to decay irrecoverably. Scotland will be a basket case economy within ten years. So much fo Salmonds ‘arc of prosperity’ (which he nevermentions anymore!)”
“I am horrified that Alex salmond is what is representing scotland. He is fat, lardy and horrifically unhealthy. Scotland has a huge obesity problem and that’s what’s representing us. Just awful. Lose some weight you fat bloater. He is like something from an eighteenth century painting. Gout ridden and lording it up.”
Any time you’re feeling down just think… if on waking up in the morning you rolled out of bed, severely battered your skull on the edge of the bedside cabinet and wiped out your entire education back to Primary 3, you still wouldn’t be as big an @rse as these guys.
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