Achilles heel 9 y
Independence. Before the financial crisis, Salmond used to argue that Scotland should join an arc
Independence. Before the financial crisis, Salmond used to argue that Scotland should join an arc of prosperity including Iceland and Ireland, on its own.
Now with two of the toppled banks which Westminster bailed out Scottish ones, and which would have been well beyond what an independent Scotland could afford, that idea no longer sounds so appealing. An incident in which Salmond was shown to have ”auctioned lunches” in the Holyrood parliament to raise funds for his party could also be used against him.
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Economy 9 y
Salmond's new line is that "More Nats means less cuts", campaiging hard that Labour's indications of forthcoming spending cuts in Westminster would mean an £800 million
Salmond’s new line is that ”More Nats means less cuts”, campaiging hard that Labour’s indications of forthcoming spending cuts in Westminster would mean an £800 million cut for north of the border. Salmond is promising that in a hung parliament (which he’s campaigning for) the SNP will use its votes to protect Scotland from the coming cuts, and indeed
George Osborne has already indicated the Tories would not chuck out the Scottish parliament’s recently passed budget exempting Scotland from the kind of cuts and job losses the rest of the country may see. Salmond says his policy of cuttin ... read more