I hear today that Scotland would keep sterling as her currency following independence. The currency, however, would continue to be controlled by the Bank of England.
This follows last weeks news that Scotland would also lose control of her borders.
And the week before that, we discovered that Scotland would be forced, like any new member, to reapply to the EU to join Le Club Stupide.
I keep asking this, particularly of the SNP wallahs: which definition of the word ‘independence’ are you reading?
Try as I might, I cannot connect Scotland with independence. Because she won’t be. Scottish Law (unique and different from the rest of the UK) will be trumped by EU law.
Borders will be controlled by Brussels.
Currency will be controlled by rUK.
Finance will be controlled by Brussels.
The Environment will be controlled by Brussels.
Fishing Grounds will be controlled by Brussels.
Agriculture will be controlled by Brussels.
But the SNP are selling independence?
Now for the bombshell: I support independence. That Scotland can manage on her own two feet is a given. Much smaller, much poorer nations do it all day long. And, it would be hugely hypocritical of me to deny independence for anyone or any state as I have been seeking the same thing for myself for several years now.
In much the same way that Scotland does not need a new ‘parent’, I do not need the state. I take nothing from it, and in fairness, I do not want to surrender, by force, 73% of my sweat equity. I work for the good of my family, not for the good of the state.
The SNP, or any other organisation that preceded it, has had 306 years to plan this divorce. But what, I ask, is the point of divorcing one partner only to rush into a relationship with a known abuser? This new partner will order Scotland around, stipulate regulations (even if what Scotland already had in place was fairer or more effective), it will demand money, and, like rUK, it will render its MPs impotent. It alone will decide on areas that Scotland can drill for oil, or shale gas. It will decide the taxation laws; and by that I mean all of them: income tax, corporation tax, fuel duties, VAT, and a thousand others. It will instigate more, harsher green policies. The same ones that cause us crippling energy bills today, but I predict that it will get worse.
The simple question Scotland has to answer next year is this: do we wish to become the newest, shiniest puppet that Brussels can manipulate, or do we wish to be truly independent?
Alex Salmond wants independence at any price. He has lied about legal advice concerning Scotland’s entry to the EU. He has lied about how many jobs renewable energy plans will create. How many other lies has he told?
And why, for the love of all things holy, must we be taken into the EU without a mandate from the people? By what right does Wee Eck insist that independence and EU membership go together?
5.2 million people have a big decision to make in 2014.
They can only make an informed decision when they have been properly informed.