The Wit and Wisdom of No
Bella is responding to the brand new Scottish Secretary’s call for more “passion and wit” to win over voters. Which of the following are your favourite campaign gaffs by the collective wisdom that is our beloved NO bodies?
1. The Red Baron’s Deliberate Improvement
3. 500 Reasons
Sadly the No campaigns VERY SERIOUS PDF was slammed with an onslaught of ridicule by people failing to see the dire seriousness of the situation…
@GarryStitchell: Will an independent Scotland still be allowed to use the 3 prong plug? This could sway my vote
@kylechristison: Will the Famous Tartan Army be our front line of defence?
@PaulMcG92: Will Susan Boyle become our Queen?
@AndrewxAllan: Will my milkshake still bring all the boys to the yard in an independent Scotland
@garydunion: In an independent Scotland, will English mustard be banned or simply renamed Yellow Treachery?
@GKnollington: Will Barbie have beefier calves in an independent Scotland?
@Ross_Greer: Will Scotch eggs be renamed freedom balls?
@AngusCMillar: Question 534: Who will be the Scottish Minister for Fisheries in 2092?
@DohertyRA: In an independent Scotland will Primal Scream be representatives of Glaswegian music, or dismissed as vile collaborators?
@BigDen14: Who gets custody of Oor Wullie in an independent Scotland?
4. Trying to Silence National Collective whilst Describing Salmond as Mugabe/Milosevic/Hitler, Kim Jong-Il etc etc (more here)
5. Prominent Scottish Labour supporter Goes Weird
6. Your ‘National’ newspaper writing:
“Today, the ruling party of Scotland has nationalism as its creed and is suspiciously coy about its own history. Elsewhere in the nationalist family, the BNP, before it plunged into fratricidal warfare, trounced the Far Left in recent Scottish elections and, in 2010, received a respectable 1,000 votes in Alex Salmond’s stamping ground of Banff and Buchan. To this should be added growing sympathy for the agenda of Ukip. The Scottish electorate now appears more receptive to radical nationalism than Mosley’s blackshirts could ever dream of.”
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7. The Truth is Out There – Labour’s wonderful – if rarely spotted ‘Truth Team’ (spot them if you can)
8. There Will Always be a Part of Scotland that is, er, Forever England
9. You are a Virus
10. The Use of Soft Savoury Pastry Goods as a Tool in Constitutional Propaganda
11. Head for the Shelters – the English are Coming!
Of all the real doozeys – surely up there with the best is the idea that Scottish airports would be bombed by England?
Lord Fraser of Carmyllie (a former Solicitor General for Scotland no less) said if Scotland was left undefended, the enemies of England could use it as a base from which to launch air raids over the border.
“If that were to happen what alternative would England have but to come and bomb the hell out of Glasgow airport and Edinburgh airport,” he said in 2012.
More at Newsnet here.
12. Nae Dr Who!??
Just as Whovonian 50th anniversary frenzy kicks-in – as the desolate nature of Tory high command barrel-scraping cuts through the barrel into the earth beneath … Ruth Davidson suggests that we’d be stripped of such sci-fi marvels. From the Committee of 100 to worrying about access to Peter Davidson repeats …
Chief Executive Blair Jenkins, one of Scotland’s foremost broadcasting experts, said: ‘Even by Project Fear’s own standards, this scare story is in the stratosphere for sheer daftness.’
13. Independence Would Threaten the Post Office
You don’t hear so much from the No campaign about this ideas since they flogged it off dirt cheap. But in July they were claiming we’d toil to deliver parcels because we were too ‘rural’.
14. Roaming in the Gloaming
Without a postal service we’ll never be off the old dog and bone will we? UK Consumer Minister Jo Swinson said: “If Scotland left the UK, posting a letter or making a call could cost more – and there could be less choice for customers” according to the Daily Mail. – with the Scotsman’s Eddie Barnes chipping in with the same embarrassing nonsense.
The scare unraveled within hours after it emerged the EU voted to end the charging system two weeks before to phase out the charges by July 2014. Europe’s 27 commissioners followed a recommendation from vice president Neelie Kroes, and voted to abolish roaming charges in Europe.
It also emerged that the move by the EC to end roaming charges was welcomed in a motion to the Scottish Parliament on 14th June which was supported by members of all three Unionist parties at Holyrood.
You might think that after revelations of extraordinary rendition through Scotland, mass surveillance of ordinary people in unprecedented abuse of civil liberties and countless catastrophes of GCHQ and the Brit security services, that the No sayers might like to keep schtum on this one.
But Theresa May couldn’t resist attempting to spread fear on her last visit, arguing:
If Scotland were a separate state, I would expect there to be co-operation between the UK and Scotland, but that would be different from the arrangements we have today. Those arrangements, crucially, is that natural working together, that automatic access to capabilities [which] would not necessary be there in the future were it a separate state.
Even rightward-leaning Alex Massie in The Spectator found this level of propagandising pitiful arguing:
What is the point of this stuff? Who does Theresa May think she is persuading? Vote No to remain beneath the GCHQ umbrella! It’s pitiful stuff, frankly. How does anyone manage to live without the protections afforded by the British security services? I mean, even the Belgians. Come on.
And, of course, lurking in the background is the implication that if, heaven forbid, bombs were to start going off then, hey ho Jocko, it would be your own fault for voting for independence. What’s more, don’t you know, independence might make it more likely Scotland would be targeted. Another example of soft-touch Scotia, I suppose.
This is drivel. Worse than that it is exasperating drivel. Who, I ask again, is it supposed to persuade?
A new independent Scottish army would not be able to recruit a sufficient “calibre” of solider – we were told by Phillip Hammond while he was speaking at defence technology company Selex-ES event in Edinburgh.
Imagine a sort of schochling, knock-kneed bunch of Dad’s Army types or waifs barely able to raise a rifle above their pock-marked heads and you get the picture.
Of course you need to quietly set aside some of the more unsavoury the recent revelations about our boys – and of course ignore the Church’s concerns about our recruitment age – for any of this to make any sense and if you want to think that we should just replicate the British Army.
You also have to ignore the massive swingeing cuts that Westminster has made to the armed forces (see pictured) and – presumably – assume that we should ignore hundreds of years of sacrifice and bravery – vastly disproportionate to our numbers – and reckon that is solely due to fealty to Britain.
Our poor friend Sharlene Spiteri has shared the fears of, er, nobody reasoning:
“We don’t have the resources – like oil and gas – we’d need to keep Scotland afloat. And to me, if you can’t survive, then what’s the point of breaking away?”
18. Forced to Speak French and Eat Smelly Cheese
Like a version of geopolitical hokey-cokey, Scotland’s membership of – or indeed instant expulsion from the EU – is brought up regularly. But a lovely variation of this mandatory exclusion and banishment is it’s companion piece – that we would actually be dragged screaming and crying to JOIN the Euro. George Eaton at the New Statesman championed it here. Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont has claimed that Scotland “could be forced to join the Euro” if we vote to become an independent state. Other senior No campaign figures have frequently repeated such claims.
It is of course merde.
A personal favourite and now often lost amongst the deluge of propaganda. Unionists claimed custody of the giant pandas could be in question under independence because the pair – Tian Tian and Yang Guang – were a gift from China to the UK government.
This was quickly exposed as nonsense. The pair are a gift between the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and the China Wildlife Conservation Association (CWCA).
20. Crossing Borders
This is such a great story – it pops up again and again. Unionists must think its some kind of trump card, though I’ve never really been bothered by the idea, in fact I’d be quite in favour of a border control.