Thursday, September 15, 2011

Will the independence referendum provide another 'stupid answer to a stupid question'?

I didn't catch PMQs yesterday, so I'm grateful to Cynical Highlander for drawing my attention to David Cameron's apparent belief that the aspiration of 68% of the Scottish electorate to control North Sea oil revenue can be casually waved away as "a stupid answer to a stupid question". This sneering dismissiveness towards the people of Scotland is becoming a bit of a habit for Cameron at PMQs - in particular, it's reminiscent of his 'hilarious' observation a year ago that "if you had an independent Scotland, you wouldn't be flying planes, you'd be flying...(snigger) the seat of your pants!!!!". In other words, Scots just can't cope without Old Etonian assistance from Whitehall. We'd get ourselves into such a muddle, dotty wee things that we are. And the idea of Scotland controlling its own natural, let's be grown-ups about this, shall we?

I wonder if Dave will see the SNP's referendum question on independence as a 'stupid' one. If so, he might just get another 'stupid answer'. He's forever telling us that he wants to be Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and not just England - curious, then, that when push comes to shove at the despatch box, this supposed priority always melts away in favour of the irresistible impulse to indulge in some Bullingdon Boy 'humour' at Scotland's expense.

Just keep doing what you're doing, Dave. You can't seem to help yourself anyway.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Hame is the sailor, hame frae the sea

Not a reference to Labour Hame this time (although of course Bomber Admin is never far from my thoughts), merely an announcement that I'm back from my travels, after an epic four-hour ferry crossing from Calais to Dover on Monday in the midst of the remnants of Hurricane Katia. I finally arrived at my hotel in Newcastle at 4.45 on Tuesday morning, and the woman at reception gave me a wicked smile, announced she had just released my room, before adding "You're very late". Well, there was no real arguing with that, was there? I took some pictures of the sea at Calais, but I'm still in the photographic dark ages, so I'll have to wait to get them developed.

Anyway, I should have made it clearer that I was heading off for a little while - the Rugby World Cup post was pre-scheduled, albeit cunningly written as if it wasn't! In particular, apologies to Stuart Dickson that I wasn't able to blog on the polling alerts he sent me by email.

And many, many thanks to all of you who voted for this blog in the Total Politics Awards. Irritatingly (and inexplicably) they appear to have scrapped the Scottish section of the awards altogether, so it'll be difficult to make a direct comparison with previous years. Jeff Breslin's masterplan for finally displacing Tom Harris from the number one slot may also have been cruelly thwarted as a result! However, I was delighted to spot that Scot Goes Pop does appear on the list of the UK's top 75 left-wing blogs, at number 48. I won't be able to add a 'vanity badge' to the sidebar this time, though, as they only have one for the top 10!

UPDATE (3pm) : It seems I spoke too hastily - although they didn't appear to be 'slated in', the Scottish and Welsh lists were suddenly published today. Scot Goes Pop is eleventh on the Scottish list - which means I've missed out on the top 10 badge by one place! Aaaaargh! Seriously, though, I'm really thrilled with that result, and thanks again for all your votes. Warm congratulations to everyone who features on the list, and especially to Tris and Munguin on the success of Munguin's Republic, which has rocketed twenty-nine places up the rankings to eighteenth.