Historic events (and this folks is what we're in the midst of at the moment) throw up interesting and sometimes unexpected things and I'd like to observe that, even if we don't get independence, you'll note that it was the Scots wanting Independence that achieved a FIRST - Conservative, Lib Dem and Labour ALL AGREED. Shame they all agreed that they want to bully us out of a perfectly legitimate desire to be a self determining nation. United in their own little version of a 'war on terror.' Sounds like a 'war on Independence in all its forms' which I find just a wee bit distasteful. Hardly cricket old chaps now is it? Hardly sporting? Hardly the words of those who want to be our bezzy mates for eternity.
But it may well backfire.
The guts of the issue (underneath all the political posturing) possibly just comes down to ones definition of 'currency union' - formal or informal. As informal as possible for me please.
Adam Smith (Scot) who may be the face on the note above, stated that 'all money is a question of belief' and Osborne is certainly stretching belief when he tells us that there's no way we'll be allowed to use the pound sterling if we have the temerity (cheek?) to vote for Independence. Project Fear at its finest.
Even Henry McLeish (of the NO/better together campaign) has called it bullying and suggested Osborne is treating the Scots like idiots. Well, yes. But might I suggest it's up to us NOT to allow ourselves to be treated like idiots. McLeish also suggested that 'bullying' was part of our political process - I nearly choked on my cereal at that one - and my response to that is - yes, that's one reason I want to be Independent. I don't WANT a political process that admits bullying as one of its 'tactics' or standard proceedures.
But that's me on a high horse. I have something more enticing for you all now - that picture at the top. Remember it? A REAL Scottish pound note. We had them till about 2005 I think. That one's from 1967. Face value £1 (sterling!) but when I went looking to see if I could identify the guy on the left, I discovered that it's worth £50 (sterling) in the open market. Or about 80 dollars. I have a thought... several thoughts... can you follow me here? Is it time for all Scots to root out their old Scottish pound notes (I'm guessing many of us kept the odd one for sentimental value) We can either put them back into circulation or cash them in... how can they tell us we'll not be able to play money with the English if we're independent - a Scot's pound note is worth £50 for goodness sakes. We're in the money!!! (Please note, that I found a variety of 'prices' for such notes £1, £5, £10 and £100 and they ranged from £14. I still think that's not a bad exchange rate!!!)
Let's not listen to George Osborne and Project Fear folks. Let's get creative with our own money and plan for an Independent Scotland where we don't have to be treated like idiots by those who don't engage their brains before they open their mouths on subjects like money. Want some 'fear'? How the hell are they going to treat us is we DON'T vote for Independence? I for one don't want to be under the thumb to people (or a system) like this! Just a thought.
Now go, root out your old Scots currency and lets start flooding the market with it. As I said, strange things get thrown ashore on the maelstrom of the storm.
Till next week...