Friday 6 December 2013


I’m not entirely sure how low they can go, but this has got to be quite close to the bottom.

According to The Scotsman, someone appears to have come up with a scheme using the face of David Cameron, to encourage Scots to have an affair, instead of seeking a divorce. The ad appears to be for Victoria an organisation specialising in arranging meetings between people who are already married or partnered.

Now I’m assuming that no one has mixed up the dates and this isn’t destined for April 1. And if it is a giant hoax and Munguin’s Republic has been sucked in, I apologise in advance for making a fool of myself in front of you. 

But, if this is not a spook, someone somewhere appears to think that it is a cool idea to use a website which encourages extra marital sexual encounters, to persuade wavering Scots that it is not a good idea to apply for a divorce.

Now, apart from the rather dubious taste involved, and the questionable value for money of promoting infidelity, given that the people you are trying to convert are often middle aged, conservative (possibly with lower and upper case Cs) people who just want things to stay the same forever… my main question is …HOW IS THIS GOING TO WORK?

I mean what are they proposing? A one night stand with Iceland? A dirty weekend with the Faroes? A full blown crazed passion with Botswana?  How do we do this, and who provides the condoms?

And given that an affair so often leads to the breakup of the marriage, but with a lot of hurt that might not necessarily have been there without the extra marital nookie (remember Charles and Di and Camilla), on what level is this whole thing sensible?

To add insult to injury whoever came up with this hair brained scheme, using the pictures of both the prime and first ministers seem to have spelled a word in the first line incorrectly, unintentionally giving the opposite meaning to the phrase.

Relieve should surely read relive

The words, "barrel", "bottom" and "scraping" spring readily to mind.


  1. There are obviously some people in Westminster who seem to think that sticking the words on a billboard somehow makes the message ok. You would have thought that the "success" of their last attempt would have made them think twice.

    1. Hi Weegie...

      Yeah, their last ...well in fact, every attempt seems to be destined to be ridiculed.

      I mean the billboard with Dave's slimmed down, botoxed face is much better known for mick takes of it, than for its original.

      Before most organisations do something like this, mostly they have a brain storm to see if whatever it is can be turned around and used against them.

      This seems not to happen much with this lot.

  2. Ah that's better when you got to go you've got to go. I think they really want rid of us, bless them.

  3. The publicity is really for the internet dating company and their PR is to be commended.

    1. Yes, Marcia, I suspected as much, because there was nothing on the Better Together site, and no BT logo on the ad. I'm wondering if you're allowed to use photographs of politicians in publicity though. I mean I'd not really like to be associated in any way with a company that is encouraging people to be unfaithful to their spouse.

      The tone of the Scotsman ad doesn't make it entirely clear though.

  4. How farcical can this situation get?

    I mean really!

    So they have went from 'bittertogether via Darling' to UK:OK to now this ad. I mean is the unionist alternative so strapped for a guiding rationale for voting NO that they keep coming up with this nonsense?

    Lets keep the YES campaign positive. Lets keep talking about the positive changes Scotland can make if we have indy.

    1. Dean, as Marcia says it isn't actually BT ad. But it certainly looks like one particularly as they are going to be driving round parliament with it.

      I'm not sure that I'd be happy if I were Cameron. Alex won't mind so much because if it looks to people that it is BT, it's doing the YES side a power of good.

      I absolutely agree with positivity. It's the best way to show people what we can achieve.

      But it doesn't hurt the campaign to remind people that whilst BT decry all the positive messages of the Yes team, they are not telling us what liek will be like under London.

      And working till you're 70 in Glasgow, where the average longevity is 71, seems like once again the poor are subsidising the rich, who may well live until they are 90.

      They tell us we can't afford pensions, but now they have admitted that they can't.

      And that's only one thing.

      We must be afraid of being a little negative sometimes to show people what they will get if they vote NO.