One of the main claims of the SNP, and the Yes movement in general, was that it would use Scotland’s wealth to make the country a fairer society. Well, the good news for all those who support such a goal and who wouldn’t? is that the nationalist government at Holyrood can still fulfil this ambition, despite losing the independence argument.
In the past, when your local authority chased you for outstanding council tax you had two choices: pay up promptly or get taken to court. Now it appears there is another option, thanks to the recent pronouncements by Scotland’s Justice Minister.
A funny thing happened during the referendum campaign well, lots of funny things happened. But there was one particularly remarkable experience, at least for a certain section of the electorate.
The man in a dog collar shouting ‘turn away from sin’ was ignored by most of the Labour Party conference crowd in Manchester on Monday morning. Religion doesn’t usually have much to say to politics in Britain, or if it does it tends not to get heard.
I tried to give an elderly neighbour a No Thanks poster the other day but she wasn’t interested. A staunch unionist who had already cast her vote, she would not nail her colours to her window for fear of getting it smashed in.
A worried friend phoned on Sunday after seeing the YouGov survey that gave the Yes campaign its first ever lead in the opinion polls.
The Labour MP and No campaigner Jim Murphy is back on his soap box or rather Irn-Bru crates and continuing his tour of 100 Scottish towns in 100 days. He was due to make appearances in Edinburgh and Musselburgh yesterday and hoping to receive a more cordial welcome than that given to him in Courier country last week.
As we enter the final four weeks of the referendum campaign, I’ve noticed a disturbing trend in my quiet neighbourhood. There has been a proliferation of Yes posters appearing in the windows of local people, some of whom I know or thought I did.
The referendum may be over in a month but the Scottish Nationalists are here to stay for at least another year and a half. So, even if their vision for independence is defeated on September 18, as looks likely, they will still be wielding power over us all of us.
There was possibly one politician who was more annoyed than Alex Salmond by Alistair Darling’s triumph in last week’s television debate. Gordon Brown, while cheering his side’s victory, must surely have been piqued that it was his former Chancellor who was being credited with saving the union and not himself.