So, that should be as follows.
Managers/Organisers of the respective campaigns
Blair Jenkins (YES) and Blair MacDougall (NO)
Chairmen of the respective campaigns
Dennis Canavan (YES) and Alistair Darling (NO)
Ministers responsible to their respective governments
Nicola Sturgeon (YES) and Michael Moore (NO)
Heads of their respective governments.
The idea that Alex Salmond would debate with Alistair Darling is just silly. Alistair Darling is a back bench opposition MP who will be quite incapable of speaking on the part of the UK government. He wouldn't be able to commit to spending. He wouldn't be able to respond to the questions that need to be answered, because he simply hasn't the power.
It's not a question of status. I'm sure for those that care about that sort of thing, an ex-chancellor of the exchequer is every bit as "important" a person, by British class standards, as the first minister of a celtic fringe nation. It is, however, about the authority that Darling has to commit the UK government to any particular action. He has none, but as FM, Alex has the ability to commit the Scottish government to actions.
If Mr Cameron thinks that he is too busy running the world under Mr Obama's direction or too important to debate with a mere first minister, who may, in any case be infected by a virus, then perhaps he should send along the man who represents his government in Scotland, Michael Moore.
However, if I believed in this thing with every fibre of my being, as Cameron once told us he did, I'm damned sure I'd not be sending along Mr Pointless to fight my corner.
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