FOR any who turn their back on the traditional turkey next week fish is an alternative. It is best when fresh, lightly cooked and not smothered in a stultifying sauce.
Were any still in doubt that Tavish Scott is a slavering buffoon following his irresponsible dalliance with the politics of partition, this doubt will have been dispelled on reading his daft notion that Scotland's independence will magically mean more fish in the sea.
With this idiocy in mind, we may then more appropriately assess the credibility of Tavish Scott's latest work on behalf of Project Fear - his scare story about Spain taking over Scotland's fishing grounds if we vote Yes.
What strikes me most about this is the way the Tumshie automatically assumes that Scotland will be powerless in negotiations with the EU and that we would be obliged to accede to whatever demands Madrid makes. This is yet another manifestation of the British nationalist's innate contempt for Scotland.
As a unionist, Tavish Scott is quite incapable of regarding Scotland's fishing grounds as a bargaining chip in the hands of the Scottish Government. Something which, along with renewables potential and much else, would strengthen the bargaining power of Scotland's negotiators.
Just as the oil is a benefit to Britain but a liability to an independent Scotland, so to Tavish, as to all British nationalists, a seat at the top table is only a valuable advantage so long as that seat is occupied by a representative of the British state. The default assumption is that Scotland simply couldn't cope. Norway does well as a small country negotiating on its own behalf. But Tavish simply cannot conceive of Scotland aspiring to do likewise.
Being as shallow-minded as British nationalists tend to be, Tavish misses another point. Member states in the EU do not stand alone. They form groups. Blocs using their combined negotiating power to pursue some common interest. Tavish Scott, blinded by his British nationalist ideology and his sneering contempt for Scotland, sees no possibility of Scotland being part of any such grouping. He envisages Scotland powerless and alone, shunned by the rest of Europe which he imagines standing in solidarity with the British state's petty desire to seek revenge for the perceived slight of a vote to restore Scotland's rightful constitutional status.
It simply doesn't occur to the clown that Scotland and Norway would have a shred interest in protecting North Sea fishing grounds.
Look closely at Tavish Scott. Ask yourself whether this is the sort of person you want to empower by voting No.