Opinion – Dismissive Ed, serial loser Alexander… and how blood-and-guts Gordon came out of his shed to save them all (and the union), writes DAMIAN MCBRIDE  | Daily Mail Online – John Gelmini

Sketch of Gordon Brown, PM a day or two after ...

Sketch of Gordon Brown, PM a day or two after becoming UK Prime Minister. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Alf is right about Cameron and Osborn but Gordon Brown in making unaffordable promises to the Scots has actually handed them and the long suffering English taxpayers a poisoned chalice.

The promises made by Gordon Brown will fuel further demands from the Scots who have become like the wolf with the piece of meat in the old Western fairy story.

The wolf had to share the piece of meat with other creatures but always wanted to go on “evening up” his side. The other animals believed the wolf until the meat was completely evened up inside the wolf’s stomach.

If Gordon Brown’s promises are reciprocated for the English with an English Parliament, more money for the Welsh, autonomy for the people of Orkney and Shetlands,Cornish emancipation and use of their own language, more money for Northern Ireland, etc, etc, etc they will fragment and further bankrupt the country.

People overseas will see only the purported good points of all this “greater local autonomy”,”people shaping their own destiny”,”local people exercising greater knowledge of their needs and priorities than unaccountable civil servants and remote politicians”.

Then they will make demands in their own countries and the repercussions,if permitted too readily will spread far beyond Europe and the UK to the detriment of countries all over the globe.

John Gelmini

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First Minister Alex Salmond

First Minister Alex Salmond (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Like Dr Alf I agree with Danny Alexander on this one thing.

That said, even if the Scots decide to remain in the Union, they will demand more and create international uncertainty, which will cause foreign governments and potential investors to not be so willing to invest here or listen to what the UK Government says.

This not least because they will never really know how long any agreement they reach with the British Government will last or whether other elements of the Celtic fringe or the Orkney’s and Shetland Islands are prepared to break away.

Already the larger regions like the NorthEast, parts of the NorthWest and Cornwall are getting restless and demanding devolved powers over income taxation, business rates and housing.

They smell blood and the possibility of getting their hands on money which under Margaret Thatcher was placed firmly beyond their wasteful reach.

What is needed is fewer councils, fewer layers, fewer civil servants, fewer MPs and much greater efficiency NOT more devolved powers to waste and steal taxpayers money.

This and the uncertain climate on confidence and inward investment is what Alex Salmond has caused and the genie is now out of the bottle with almost unstoppable momentum.

Alex Salmond is interested in himself and his own self aggrandizement, not in these bigger issues and the damage his demagoguery causes and will continue to cause the very people whose interests he pretends to truly represent.

John Gelmini