Alex Salmond: “A Head full of Wee Toys — and all of them broken”
I have known Edward Spalton for many years, both as a constituent and now as Hon Sec of the Campaign for an Independent Britain: a man of sound views, I have just recently discovered that he has a Scottish wife – and strong views about the Campaign for Scottish Independence. He recently wrote to the papers on the subject, and I thought his letter worth sharing:
“In debate, Mr. Salmond appears to be just as ignorant as most Westminster politicians on matters concerning the European Union.
“Any country applying to join the EU has to satisfy the “Copenhagen Criteria” which include the obligation of changing to the euro currency. Full stop. Anything else is fanciful blether. Of course, other countries have adopted foreign currencies as their own legal tender but they are not the sort you would want to emulate.
“Zimbabwe uses the US dollar. At various times Mr. Salmond has urged wildly divergent cunning plans. He once advocated joining the euro so that Scotland could become a “tiger economy” like Ireland. That fell a little flat, didn’t it? Then he said that Scotland should become a financial power house – like Iceland, only bigger. And we all know what happened to that! As my Scottish wife says “His head’s full of wee toys and they’re all broken”.
“More seriously, as a small EU country in the eurozone, Scotland could easily suffer the fate of Slovakia (a country of similar population). Slovakia had adopted the euro and kept to all the rules – one of which was that no country could be made liable for the debts of another. Suddenly that rule was changed and Slovakia was told it had to help bail out much richer countries, which had broken every rule in the book. The Slovak government rebelled for all of three days before being dragooned into line.
“Martin Schulz, President of the EU parliament, hectored and lectured Slovakian ministers. “How many people do you represent?” he demanded. “I am President of the European parliament and represent all the people of Europe”.
Edward Spalton, Hon Sec of the Campaign for an Independent Britain