Alex Salmond’s case for independence is falling apart after hitting a “wall of hard facts”, the Scottish Secretary said today as he marked the 500-day countdown to the referendum.
One does not read Simon Johnson, or listen to the pointless Michael Moore, in order to become better informed about the debate over Scotland's constitutional future. One turns to such sources primarily to discover what lies the unionist camp is currently spinning for the dual purpose of deceiving the public and comforting itself.
A poll published today in that other British nationalist rag, The Scotsman, makes clear the extent to which Bitter Together's grindingly negative campaign of smears and scare stories has backfired. Two-thirds of the people of Scotland simply don't believe a word the British parties say. The surprise is that as much as a third might still be taken in by the transparent lies and logic-defying distortions peddled by Moore and his ilk. But that is explained by the fact that the anti-independence campaign is aided and abetted in its propaganda efforts by so much of the mainstream media.
You won't find Simon Johnson asking the likes of Moore any awkward questions. Such as why his Tory bosses have refused to approach the European Commission for advice on the post-independence status of Scotland and the rest of the UK (rUK). Or what exactly is the process by which unionists imagine Scotland will be expelled from the EU?
Or how George Osborne proposes to stop Scotland continuing to use its own currency after independence?
Or why the government of rUK would precipitately walk away from an existing currency union which serves both countries moderately well?
What The Scotsman poll tells us is that, hard as Simon Johnson and his fellow British nationalists strive to paper over the yawning gaps and glaring inconsistencies in Bitter Together's arguments, the people of Scotland are not fooled.