The independence vote will have profound ramifications for pensions, public or private, with vital issues to be addressed as people plan life after work, writes David Wood
A couple of things stand out in this article. The first is the author's unthinking acceptance of unionist media spin as if it were beyond question. Currency, he states with the kind of absolute certainty that should always raise an eyebrow or two, would be a "hot issue of debate". That is certainly the anti-independence line. By why would an open-minded person take this as fact?
The reality is that a currency union is as close to being a certainty as you're ever going to get in politics. Why? Because there is no other viable option for rUK. If there were then might it not have been reasonable to expect that George Osborne might have spelled it out? An open-minded person would at least have asked the question.
It's the same as the nonsense unionists talk about Scotland's post-independence status vis-a-vis the European Union. They leap up and down bawling about how the SNP's position - two successor states - is unrealistic and impossible. But they are totally at a loss to provide an alternative scenario that is even remotely credible.
The other point that stands out is the incredibly naive notion that being part of the UK somehow provides a remedy which banishes all uncertainty.
The reality, of course, is that whatever uncertainties there may be these are precisely the same for Scotland's pensioners within the union as they are with independence. There is nothing about independence which in any way alters the basic arithmetic. But we are supposed to believe that management of these uncertainties is better left in the hands of a UK government which has caused most of them in the first place.
Better Together has obviously decided to have a wee go at pensions this week. But, as ever, their "arguments" fall well short of anything that might reasonably be expected. They are long on leaden assertions about Scotland being innately incapable of managing pensions. But nowhere will you find any kind of explanation as why this should be so.
The purpose is blatantly obvious. It is to sow seeds of unreasoning fear and unwarranted doubt in the minds of Scotland's people. The anti-independence campaign epitomises the politics of fear. Yes Scotland represents the politics of hope. Let hope triumph over fear. On September 18 2014, vote Yes!