Posted: 11/09/2014 at 15:24
Big Eck is promising some sort of Scottish Xanadu with free this and that. How's he going to pay for it? Oil revenues are in long term decline, he can't put oil taxes up because the companies will threaten to shut down, corporation taxes up, they'll domicile themselves in England or, more likely, Ireland with its low tax rates. He can't borrow money because he's reneged on his share of the UK debt and nobody trusts him and can't print money because he's using another country's currency.
Westminster politicians are, whatever their party, in it for themselves, but quite why Scots think that Holyrood politicians will be any different to those in London is beyond me. Sure they might be better at first but give it a couple of years and they'll be up to the same tricks as the London lot.
It all strikes me as a bit like the 18 year old who's going to leave home, get his own flat and do things properly, stay up late, get in when he wants and watch what he wants to on telly. Only the sinking realism is that there are bills to be paid, washing to be done and you can't function on 2 hour's kip, red bull and lager.
Big_G - there are no regulations to prevent the Government setting up another referendum if the No vote wins. However, practically this would be unlikely for many years. You may be interested to know that the Government is no legally bound by a referendum result and could go against it (obviously very unlikely and in practice would cause a riot!)
I seem to remember that prior to the referendum being set up, there were a lot of discussions between SNP and Westminster, the upshot being that Westminster agreed and are now legally bound to uphold the result of the referendum. Although as you say, they would be unlikely to go against it. Can you imagine the political carnage.
The polls are showing that the gap is narrowing. Difficult to tell how it will go really. But I suspect there are more No voters keeping their heads below the parapet.