Wednesday, April 3, 2013 6:41:54 PM
Thursday, September 18, 2014. Mark that date down. It is a date which will be featured prominently in many a history book. The only question is, what will it be remembered for?
The separatists of the SNP are split on this issue. Salmond and his henchmen hope it will be a Flodden result where Scots are once again the victims of the evil English Empire. With a 'No' victory Alex can once again safely retire behind the barricades of improbability and blame the Union for his unfulfilled promises.
The rank and file of their core support, on the other hand, look up from their fantasy world of kilts and broadswords and pray for another Bannockburn moment. For them it is the opportunity to shape their hatred of the auld enemy into a concrete form. They hope for nothing more than a chance, however fleeting, to gloat.
Sadly, though, for most Scots the day has no meaning. They feel as disconnected from Holyrood as they do Westminster. They have been offered little more than a choice between two unions. Independence is not on the ballot in any meaningful way. They are being asked to choose between hatred and necessity. Having been subjected to so many lies by the SNP they can be forgiven for seeing this not as history in the making, but history in the fabrication. So, the vast majority look at the issue rather blandly and tell the politicians they will vote for whomever offers them more money. There are no principles involved, no loyalties, and no allegiance.
Lost in the whole charade are those Scots who truly wanted independence. They have seen their dreams and their trust betrayed by the SNP who gave in to political expediency and became British Separatists rather than Scottish Nationalists. Their love for Scotland has been trampled into the muck and mire of political intrigue and duplicity.
So, Thursday, September 18, 2014 will never be known as another Bannockburn or Flodden. It may well be remembered as Scotland's National Day of Shame. It will be a day to reflect on the way in which the people of Scotland are constantly betrayed by the infighting and greed of their own leaders.
Thursday, March 28, 2013 2:39:20 PM
The phrase ‘in terms of the debate’ may end up being Alex Salmond’s most enduring legacy. It was used by the Scottish First Minister during a televised interview in which he was asked a direct question which required a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response. He was asked if he had, “sought advice from your own law officers” regarding the Scottish Government’s claim that Scotland would remain a member of the European Union upon gaining independence. His answer was a quick, “yes, in terms of the debate.”
Some will naively take this to mean the Scottish Government had sought legal advice on the issue. However, it is not quite so cut and dried. Parliament asked to see the advice and was denied. The First Minister even launched legal action to thwart a Freedom of Information request to see the legal opinion. It turns out there was no legal briefing to see. When accused of lying Salmond declared that his use of the phrase in ‘terms of the debate’ acted as a qualifier which changed the meaning of ‘yes’ into ‘no’.
Today the phrase is widely used to indicate a deceptive answer or an outright lie. Middle aged women are now able to state their age as, “29, in terms of the debate.” You can make the most outrageous statement as long as you add the qualifier. If someone says something unbelievable, the standard response now is to ask the person if they are being truthful in terms of the debate. It is so much better than directly accusing them of deception.
Salmond and his Scottish National Party have built upon this success and turned deception into an art form. In the information age it is no longer necessary to actually lie as long as you add a qualifier. It is enough to simply misdirect and let the ball start rolling. The average SNP member is not the best or brightest Scotland has to offer, but is usually very active on the internet and social networking platforms. The SNP strategy is to make ambiguous or misleading statements and let their supporters misinterpret them and spread the word. If a lie is told often enough then people will start to believe.
Salmond’s reference to a new oil boom is a case in point. It is strikingly similar to his infamous ‘in terms of the debate’ remark. Here the so-called boom is not related to an increase in either production or price. The statement is modified by his use of the term ‘investment’. The expenditure to develop new oil and gas comprises his new prosperity. He leaves it to his minions to declare the greater benefits. When the boom fails to materialise Salmond can claim his statement was clearly ‘in terms of the investment’.
Another example is the use of ‘by wholesale value’ when describing reserves as being less than half depleted. He does not disagree that most of the oil has already been extracted and is a dwindling resource. He leaves it to his supporters to misinterpret and claim that Scotland still has more than half her reserves left. Once again, his minions can make fools of themselves while Salmond clings to his plausible deniability.
The assertion that Scotland owns 94% of all UK oil and gas is based upon the ‘median sea boundary’. This means that his estimates are predicated on the UK altering the accepted borders in Scotland’s favour and giving away a substantial portion of reserves. That is highly unlikely to happen and would fly in the face of the treaties already in place to divide NSO amongst participating countries.
Salmond has also claimed an independent Scotland would own nearly 60% of the EU’s oil and gas reserves. This is such a bold statement it really deserves a place next to ‘in terms of the debate’. He has managed to deliver two misconceptions in one. By leaving Norway’s huge share out he leaves the impression Scotland has Europe over a barrel…so to speak. He also implies that Scotland will be a member of the EU. It is a brilliant bit of deception.
Many Scots have cast a wishful eye at Norway’s sovereign oil fund. Salmond has told his acolytes that Scotland will have the same sort of investment. They might want to pay particular attention to the qualifier ‘in good economic times’.
Saturday, January 14, 2012 4:15:07 AM
The other day some gentlemen were reminiscing of their childhood days in WW2. One made a comment that I thought to be rather strange. He told us that when the war ended he felt as if the rest of his life had been canceled. The more I thought of it the more sense it made. Britain had looked into the eyes of death and survived. Her people had worked together toward a common goal in a way never before seen. There were no grey areas, it was a fight for survival. There was a purpose. There was a vision. What is left when we realize all of our dreams? Britain had seen her finest hour and suddenly it was gone.
Democracy’s death was an unseen casualty of the war. Since the end of the war Britain has been virtually leaderless.There have been Prime Ministers and countless MPs elected who offer nothing. They have been content to be caretakers and leave the actual governance up to the bureaucrats. There has been no purpose and no vision, only a continual erosion of everything that made Britain great. The victory celebration has been replaced by a slowly dawning realization of defeat as the once mighty Kingdom comes untied.
It is no coincidence that the rise in support for Scottish independence has occurred at a time when Multiculturalism and Political Correctness are also in the ascendancy.Scottish nationalism is not anti-England.It is anti-Europe and an expression of love for Britain and British values. Just as the skinny girl notices an extra five pounds faster than the obese person does Scotland has felt the effects of immigration policies more than England. Under the dictates of multiculturalism the newcomers must be allowed to keep their own identity. This is not immigration, it is colonization and it threatens our way of life. It aims to take away our ability to have a common purpose. It is ‘divide and conquer’.
How have the people of Britain responded? They have vented their anger at identifiable groups thereby making themselves easy to dismiss as bigots or racists. They have responded with divisiveness, Scots and English calling each other names while our enemies laugh. They blame the elected representatives,Muslims,Jews,people of colour,religion,lack of religion,etc,etc,etc. There is no focus, there is no black and white ,only shades of grey.
It is time we stopped dipping our pens into the inkwell of hatred for that is exactly what our enemies want. It is time to write and speak of love. It is time to shout our love for Britain on the seas,on the beaches,in the air, and in the streets. It is time to defend Britain against a tyranny and threat unlike any other. It is time for a new ‘finest hour’.
Who am I trying to kid? There’s no one left who cares about Queen and Country any more, nobody who thinks British values are worth defending. I am alone in an untied kingdom.