Top 10 Better Together Blunders (January – March 2013)

The No campaign has made some wonderful headlines this year – headlines which strangely all seem to contain the words ‘warn’ or ‘warns’ or ‘warned’. So, be warned, here are Better Together’s top 10 blunders of the year so far:

  1. The UK Government warned Scots they would be £1 worse off (yes, a whole £1) under independence, based on figures from 1999 -2011.
  2. It was claimed that Scottish independence was causing uncertainty over Scotland’s position in the EU. Scotland’s position in the EU was made uncertain by David Cameron’s promise of an in/out referendum. But of course it’s the good UK-type of uncertainty, not the bad Scottish type.
  3. Alastair Darling’s favourite former Foreign Office Minister, Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, told the BBC the EU would be “anxious to embrace” an independent Scotland.
  4. The UK Government warned that the independence transition timetable was unviable, until their own academic expert, Professor James Crawford, agreed it was “realistic”.
  5. Better Together claimed an independent Scotland would lose its AAA credit rating. The UK’s AAA credit rating was then revoked. You’ll still find it as a benefit of the Union on Better Together leaflets, though. Don’t ask. They don’t want to talk about it.
  6. Michael Moore admitted Westminster was a “remote” institution in Scotland.
  7. 90% of Scottish MPs voted against the bedroom tax in Westminster, and it was imposed anyway. Sometimes the case for independence makes itself.
  8. Labour decided to join the other UK parties in backing the renewal the weapons of mass destruction, all of which are lovingly placed just outside Scotland’s largest city, making independence the only viable path to disarmament.
  9. Alastair Darling’s comments on Newsnight Scotland that it would be “desirable” and “logical” for an independent Scotland to keep the pound was inconsistent with all that scaremongering over currency, don’t you think?
  10. Better Together politicians warned an independent Scotland would have too much homework to do, and would have to renegotiate 14,000 international treaties. It turns out Westminster has no idea how many treaties the UK is signed up to, and that many of them will have expired. Oops!