David Cameron and Alex Salmond were both invited to write a piece for the Sunday Herald, explaining their views on independence. A page was left for each leader to fill. Both Downing Street adn Bute House got the same information.
Bute House filled a page with reasons to vote for independence. Downing Street managed 132 words.
The Herald asked them for more, but Downing Street didn't bother to respond, so the herald printed empty space where the prime minister's argument might have been.
No wonder the man won't openly debate with the First Minister. 132 words doesn't go a long way in a debate.
Even then what he said, although thankfully without any sign of UN, EU, G8 references, was trite meaningless rubbish which wouldn't stand up to any analysis. See for yourself.
David Cameron: In a year from now, people living in Scotland will be making a choice which could radically change their country for ever. Scotland’s future will be in Scotland’s hands.
Munguin's Republic: Which, with respect, is exactly where it should be.
DC: I hope passionately that Scotland decides to remain within our United Kingdom.
MR: Well, you are one man, but as you have pointed out when you have been trying to duck out of a face to face debate with the First Minister, you are an Englishman and it isn't really anything to do with you. It's a decision for Scots to make. Your opinion is as important as anyone else's in the world, but not any more so. Of course, as the Prime Minister of the UK, you have a vested personal interest in not going down in history as the man who lost Scotland
DC: What we have works, and it works well.
MR: Does it? For whom does it work? Does it work well for people whose taxes go to pay for things that they may never see, and which don't do them any good? London Olympics, High Speed trains? Does it work for the average Scot paying more tax than people in other parts of the UK, and getting less back? Does it work for the people in certain parts of the central belt who have a lower life span than people living in the Gaza strip. No. It doesn't. It works nicely for you and your elite in Oxfordshire and the other home counties, who are being subsidised by us.
DC: Ours is a unique union of nations. It’s a union of people too. And together we've achieved so much.
MR: Why is it unique as a union of nations? It was certainly contrived, but I'm sure many others were. It certainly wasn't democratically arrived at, but I am sure that that is hardly unique. There's nothing unique about two countries being in a union, and to a certain extent it is obvious that the peoples of the two nations will in some way be affected by that union. Again I fail to see any uniqueness. Of course, it has been long lived, but time alone doesn't actually bind people in any real sense of the word. And what did we achieve, and was it necessarily because we were together that we achieved i?. You chunter on regularly about us fighting Fascism together, but we did that with nations from all over the world, not least the USSR and USA, neither of which are in a union with us. Indeed the second one was and left!
DC: We are a family of nations within one United Kingdom. Now is not the time to reduce that relationship to one of second cousins, once removed.
MR: Why? What are we at the moment? Don't tell me we are equal partners? Brothers? If so why is it that over and over again Scotland votes against your policies, but has them imposed. Royal Mail privatisation...Bedroom Tax. Scotland opposes and Westminster imposes. We have a Tory government with one Scottish Tory MP out of 59! The Scandinavian system is one of, call them 'sister' nations or 'cousin' nations, working together. But they aren't ruled by the same government. They don't even have the same systems of government.
DC: The 18th September, 2014 is Scotland’s date with destiny. It will be time for Scotland to decide.
MR: Yep, we know. It's in my diary. Thanks.
DC: The best of Scotland and the best of British, or a leap into the unknown?
MR: And is the future with the UK not unknown? Who would have predicted in 2007 the mess that 2008 would bring. Certainly not you or your party who were enjoying the loads of money culture that abandoning banking regulations allowed!
DC: Scotland’s future is in Scotland’s hands.
MR: Aye, you said. You'd think having only expended a few minutes to write a 100 or so words, that you might have taken the trouble to make sure you didn't repeat yourself.