Thursday, April 10, 2014

Descending to absurdity

The English campaign to frighten the Scots into voting for continued subjugation has descended to absurd levels:

George Robertson, the formerly UK defence secretary and Nato chief, has claimed Scottish independence would have a "cataclysmic" effect on European and global stability by undermining the UK on the world stage.


A breakup of the UK would weaken its global status and a yes vote would leave the UK government embroiled in a complex internal dispute about the terms of Scottish independence just as "solidity and cool nerves" were needed on the world stage. The "loudest cheers" after a yes vote would come from the west's enemies and other "forces of darkness".

"What could possibly justify giving the dictators, the persecutors, the oppressors, the annexers, the aggressors and the adventurers across the planet the biggest pre-Christmas present of their lives by tearing the United Kingdom apart?" Robertson said at the Brookings Institution on Monday.

Yes, if you vote for Scottish independence, you're supporting Kim Jong-il, Vladimir Putin, and Al Qaeda.

But it also makes it clear what this is really about for London: English prestige. And I'm not sure the Scots really care about that.