Looking back on this debate after sleeping on it, I am of the opinion that the NO campaign came out on top in the arguments. However, I was, all of the time, expecting Alex Salmond to put in a killer statement. It reminded me of watching Muhammed Ali’s later fights when those who knew his ability from earlier years expected, any moment, for him to lash out a series of unstoppable punches and win the battle. In actual fact he just stayed on the ropes and disappointed the world. It would be sad if the same fate happened to Alex Salmond, but I would not cast doubt on this man’s ability to bounce back until the morning of 19th September 2014.
We must remember that this man and his government have done their utmost to protect the Scottish people from the excesses of Westminster cuts, ploughing in money from their allocation to defuse some of the worst of the bedroom tax, boost the spending on care for the elderly, keeping prescriptions free and continuing to make Scotland a good place to do business. If the NO campaign win in the end, the Scots would be foolish to evict Salmond’s efficient and compassionate government. I know many dislike him, hate everything he stands for and would give him a low approval rating, but his government have achieved a huge amount over the past few years.
Why Salmond is in a rut on the currency matter is what really surprises me. He is a very shrewd politician yet he has not taken the obvious route to countering the NO campaign’s currency arguments. Could the answer be below?