He didn’t touch on the hard topics – like how Scotland would pay for many services or structure its economy. The SNP only wanted the Scots to hear the good side, and not any of the possible negatives.
They corrupted the Scottish Government’s research output by using public money to publish campaign literature. And even then, as the European Union has now proven, the predictions that had been made turned out to be wrong.
Key to the SNP independence case was the idea of currency independence. First, Scotland – as a separate country – will continue to use the British pound for some time, and then it will move to the “independent pound”.
This has always been a cynical ploy. Because of the temporary turmoil in sterling, Sturgeon and SNP said Scotland could have its own currency – related to sterling but different, a currency with all the benefits and none of the downsides.
It was an attractive vision. But it was never added. Now the idea has been revealed as a mirage.
Sturgeon had to ride two horses at the same time. She claimed that Scotland could have its own independent currency on whatever lines it claimed to be the best. Also, Scotland, if independent, could reverse Brexit and join the European Union as a full and full member.
Old Labor MP James Maxton once said of politics “If you can’t ride two horses at once, you shouldn’t be in a circus.”
But in this at least, sturgeon falls. She was stumbling inside the big top. Its promises were revealed as frago by the EU bureaucrats themselves.
It is definite and final. It claims that it wants an independent Scotland to join the European Union. There is no way, say the eurocrats, that Scotland could do so without committing – cast iron, without the possibility of changing its mind – to join the euro at the same time.
In contrast to Scotland, where sturgeon can bend the press and government levers for its transparently selfish and political will, the European Union is a large group of countries with a powerful bureaucracy. It has rules.
They deviate from their rules for the sake of neither man nor country. Independent Scotland will be no exception. Nobody can join the European Union without joining the Eurozone as well. Nobody can join the European Union without passing some financial tests – Scotland may fail the tests.
Now, MPs and activists have reacted rather poorly to Sturgeon’s claims, which have gone up in smoke. Many insisted that she should have known all this. And if she knew this in advance, it means that she lied.
They are asking for an apology and a reconsideration. They are demanding to see Sturgeon’s real plan for monetary policy in Scotland. But they are wasting their breath. There is no real plan. And if there was one, it wouldn’t come from sturgeon and the SNP.
They will say anything, promise anything, connect their speech with everything possible to sell their dream of separation.
They don’t do specific policies. They don’t make unbreakable promises. Everyone is subject to one question: Will the party and the leader benefit tomorrow? And perhaps on another question: Could it make independence seem more attractive?
Sturgeon and the Scottish National Party have not faced a circumstance that they cannot take in petty politics. They have never met a question that independence does not answer.
They despise practical questions. ‘How’ is not a word they discuss often – not when there is a ‘why’. They know why it’s all right – and they won’t be talked about or put off.
What the currency debacle shows is not that the SNP is shameful and disorganized — that its promises fade in a puff of smoke and a thunderclap; Which they take on the water when they float for a week or two.
Instead, it helps to know what they are willing to say. They will promise anything. They don’t care that governments and other institutions will conflict with them, that political attraction still applies – and that all these promises will hardly be seen in the next elections, let alone guide the first decade of independence.
The SNP is single-minded, and they are bent on belittling them. Of course, their sums are not doubled, and their promises collapse at the slightest examination.