Adam Lovejoy reports from London: Big, big sigh of relief in the camp of supporters of Scottish independence. British Prime Minister David Cameron has single-handedly boosted the numbers of people who will vote for Scotland to go it alone by delivering a speech and calling on people living across Britain to plead with the Scots to drop the idea of leaving the Union.
Cameron’s speech was warmly welcomed by the Scottish Nationalist Party, the main driving force behind the forthcoming referendum on the Scottish independence, as coming at exactly the right time to help convince more people in Scotland that it is the time to call it a day for its membership of the Union. As one source in the SNP told Stirring Trouble, as long as Mr Cameron continues calling for Scotland to stay in the UK more people would be thinking: right, I’m voting for independence. Another source said that supporters of the Yes vote hope and pray that Tony Blair, the former British Prime Minster, would join the debate on the side of the No vote, which might wipe out all opposition to Scottish independence.
The kiss of death effect that Mr Cameron has inherited from Mr Blair, his political mentor, guarantees that the Scottish nationalists would press the British PM to make his views known on Scottish independence as often as possible, hoping that this would not only strengthen the Yes vote in Scotland but would also convince the rest of the Union that Scottish independence is a great idea. Mr Cameron’s popularity in the country, including his own Tory Party, is so low that anything he promotes is immediately seen as a bad idea that should be never implemented. That is why SNP leader and Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond is looking so much more confident now, once he realised that Mr Cameron is basically siding with him om the matter of Scottish Independence. That was why the cunning Scott has already challenged Mr Cameron to a public debate on the matter, hoping that it might turn out to be the final nail in the coffin of the No campaign.
Bizarrely PM Cameron chose to deliver his pro-independence speech, while calling for Scotland to say in the Union, at the Olympic velodrome, reminding millions of people that he was guilty of wasting billions of pounds on the London Games in 2012, when the whole country was tightening its belt and trying to recover from a crippling recession caused by the banks which are now funding the Tories. Not to mention that the so-called legacy of the London Olympics, of which Cameron spoke so much, turned out to be a bluff and that the Est End of London where they were held remains a dump up to this day, despite promises to the contrary.
Experts who say they know things say that PM Cameron is a God’s gift to any campaign or cause that he is publicly opposing, opening all sorts of mouthwatering possibilities to people who want to push through an agenda that on the face of it seems totally bonkers and absolutely meaningless.