What do you do when you run out of scare stories? No, you don’t resign from the Better Together campaign as you love your country too much for that. What you do is to get some old ones and regurgitate them. And so it was that the business of whether or not an independent Scotland would remain part of the EU reared its head yet again. It puzzles me that folk who want a referendum themselves to say whether they should stay in or out should be so concerned that we’d be out or in but there you go.
Latvia’s Edgars Rinkevics said, “Scotland would be considered a new country and would have to apply for EU membership.”
“Told you, told you, told you…”
He continued, “the rest of the UK might not automatically inherit the UK’s membership of the EU. The European Commission is considering that question and a solid legal opinion is needed.”
“Cheeky little tin-pot b*stard. Gunboat dispatched.”
It was interesting that his latter remark didn’t make it onto Reporting Scotland that night. Funny that. I’d have expected reputable journalists to be all over it like a rash and to be ramming it down a Better Togetout’s representative on that evening’s Newsnight programme, but maybe that’s just me.
What else did that great bastion of impartiality otherwise known as the EBC have for us this week? Oh aye – they sent a reporter across to Denmark to gleefully tell us that after independence we’d have to pay much higher taxes to enjoy the same level of public services, get Carlsberg piped through to our kitchen taps and have every street filled with gorgeous long-legged blondes. Aye the whole point of this wee jolly at EBC taxpayers’ expense completely escaped me too. Where next? Off to Polynesia to sneer that a separate Scotland wouldn’t get anything like the same amount of sunshine and that our pineapple-exporting industry would be decimated?
Comparison with a Scandinavian country always reminds me of the Daylate Rectum’s online editorial a few years back where they were responding to some claim that upon independence the various parts of the UK could collaborate on common matters in a similar manner to the Nordic Council. “But isn’t that what we have now?” was their response. Well if all the Scandinavian countries send all their cash to Sweden who gives them an allowance back and calls them parasites for taking it then yes, I suppose it’s broadly similar.
So Better Togetout would have us believe that independence – sorry, separation – would Finnish us off? Faroe enough, they’re entitled to their opinions, but viking they come out with something positive just for a change? They really need to Stockholm-ing in on things like imaginary crises in the NHS, the fact that we’d be thrown out of the EU and how we just Dane‘t have the cash to set up all our own embassies.
Norway that’ll happen though. You just have to look at the leaflets they were putting out the other week – Scots pay less for their mortgages because of the UK’s AAA credit rating. Utter Magnus. They were having Olaf with that one surely? As for Darling, Helsinki‘ts a good idea to keep telling great Borg lies and trying to undermine the confidence of the Scottish people, but A-hardly think it’ll have the effect he’s looking for.
Of course according to him and his political soulmate Cameron all we have to do is vote No and they’ll keep us Swede by chucking some other as-yet-to-be-defined powers our way at some as-yet-to-be-determined point in the future. He must think we were Bjorn yesterday to believe we’ll fall for that guff. It worked once back in ’79 but they Abba-nother think coming if they think it’ll work again.
Mind you I Thor-t it was a good tactical move by them keeping Johann Lament out of the debate, especially with her approval ratings Oslo as they are. It’s a pity as she can always be relied on to make a total Lars of herself.
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