By telling us that the Scottish electorate would be more inclined to vote yes after Monday night's debate, Ian Bell (The Glasgow Herald) rather suggests that Scottish voters are a bit lumpen, he is insulting us by suggesting that we would take much if anything relating to information from it. Mr. salmond lost the first debate because his intrinsic hubris led him to believe that he could give Alastair Darling a level playing field and still beat him. The effect that that mistake had on him and how it formulated his tactics for the second debate was plainly and embarrassingly obvious. He knew that he could not survive another defeat and that made him nervous and painfully aware that another level playing field was a risk to far. He was clearly determined to make sure that this debate would be a strident embarrassing fiasco thus ensuring that he could claim no matter what happened that he did not lose. I am confident that those like Mr. Bell and the audience in the hall will be a small minority who think that way. The whole debacle finished up looking like Jim Murphy's street discussion with the urbane and sophisticated snp voters of Motherwell. This ugly and squalid confrontation can be accessed using the internet/U Tube etc. It is a very accurate and very chilling example of where we are heading if we vote yes. The people you will see really have to be seen to be believed, if I were to try to describe them to you accurately many of you would think I was exaggerating, such was their behaviour. Have a look for yourselves and remember when you do that these people are not a small minority, they are not unusual at all, they are in fact typical of the rank and file members of the snp. Watch it and reflect on what these thugs and hooligans are going to be like when they are beaten in the referendum, they are not likely to say congratulations old chap to their victorious opponents.
Scotland is heading in to a dark sinister place, it is too late to stop it now, it will be bad but, impossible to say just how bad. The credulous snp crazies who are now on the edge of rage and paranoia will take defeat very badly and someone will no doubt pay the price, it is to be hoped that English people in Scotland or even Scottish people with a trace of an English accent have voted by post, Scotland will not be a safe place for them for a while. This unsavoury and dangerous situation is down to how the snp leaders have been calculatingly stirring up hatred of the English among their simple and naive followers for years, followers who in some cases will be only too willing to shed blood for ‘bonnie Scotland’ eager to become martyrs that’s how ‘loosely wrapped’ some of them are. The main culprit in all of this is of course the malicious and highly deceitful alex salmond who will be only too happy to “haud the jaikets” while his mob go off the rails. He is a clever if fatally flawed man who knows what he is doing but he has gone too far to stop it now, he knows that it is far easier to start a riot than it is to stop one but he will already have his ‘get out of jail card’. An exit from politics and a bestselling autobiography to write, no doubt from warmer climes is my guess, and I very much doubt that he will lose any sleep over the damage he has done and the hatred he has left behind. With apologies to T.S. Elliot he will go out “not with a bang but with a whimper”.