Archive for September, 2014

The heirs to Blair

September 18, 2014

If I had a vote in the Scottish Referendum, which I don’t, I’d vote No, for several reasons. One of the strongest is that Alex Salmond and the other Yes campaigners strike me as the worst examples in British politics since Tony Blair of ‘just wish for whatever you want to happen, and denounce anyone who says that this might not occur’.

If Salmond et al really were serious about a Scandinavian-style Scottish social democracy, they’d at least have done some thinking about the basic economics of the transition. Going by Salmond’s public pronouncements, that simply hasn’t happened, and anyone who wants to talk about this is some kind of hopeless naysayer. The parallels with Tony Blair’s predictions of just how marvellous post-invasion Iraq was going to to be are rather striking.