Debunking the “Better Together” leaflet!
Today, the “Better Together” came to Ayr High Street and various other high streets up and down Scotland to campaign against independence.
I popped down to see which activists turned up and from which parties. I also went to snag a leaflet and to see what arguments the “Better Together” campaign think will win Scotland over.
Below are images of the leaflet that the “Better Together” campaign have been handing out today around Scotland.
Health Warning: If you are allergic to bulls**t & lies, don’t read any further.
Whilst, this is true. Its only true for now, isn’t it?
After all, opinion polling suggests that 70% of Scots prefer a middle option between independence and the status quo. Something like Devo-max which would give control of pensions to the Scottish Government.
Devo-plus doesn’t send pensions to the Scottish Government but it does give other welfare payments to the Scottish Government so its not hard to see that if Scotland goes for Devo-plus, that soon after pensions might come north as well.
I’m going to take each of those points one by one!
1) Woohoo, we have 270 embassies! *sarcasm* Having 270 embassies around the world is not really of interest to me. Do we really need all those embassies? I’m for quality not quantity!
2) Unless, Westminster puts up trade sanctions with Scotland, stopping imports from Scotland, this is sadly going to stay the same unless of course we use our independence to build trading links with the rest of the world.
3) Are English, Welsh & Northern Irish firms all of a sudden going to leave Scotland, if Scotland goes independent? I think not.
4) Those 31,000 workers could easily re-train and join the new Scottish Foreign Office, Home Office, Defence Department, Department for Work & Pensions and all those sections of departments that are currently reserved to Westminster.
5) Scottish banks were bailed out. It sure would be interesting to see what would have happened had Scotland been independent. Would Westminster still needed to step in, at least in part to protect the rest of the UK’s accounts and pensions. I have a feeling they would.
6) A Swede doesn’t need papers or passport to live and work in Denmark and vice versa. Or are “Better Together” saying that relationships between the two nations would be too sour for that kind of thing.
7) Again, 2nd biggest aid budget, not the biggest vote swinger. Helping out other countries is good, but we’ll still give aid and I assume the rest of the UK will still give aid so does it matter that it comes from 2 sources instead of one?
8) Seat at the top table of the UN alongside Communist China, Putin’s Russia – those lovers of democracy & America, ah that country that has so much inequality. Do we really want to sit with these guys?
9) The triple AAA credit rating. We don’t know what credit rating companies will decide to give an indy Scotland but does it matter? If Scots want to be independent, what others say about our credit rating won’t matter, will they. After all independence is about making the decisions that affect Scotland, in Scotland by those who live in Scotland.
Last but not least the back page:
The “Better Together” leaflet is really disappointing. Its clear its been dreamt up by the pro-status quo camp. I think anyone who wants change, like myself, should disassociate themselves from this leaflet and the Better Together campaign. A better campaign name would be the Status Quo campaign.