As you can see, The Mail publishes two different editions - one for Scotland and another for the rest of the UK. The image above shows Thursday's edition, you can tell which one is which.
Simon Heffer - the chubby-faced gentleman you can see in the (upper) rUK version was responsible for the article 'Why the Scots must quite the UK'. (This hyperlink to the story takes you to an archived version, its obvious clickbait for the Daily Mail - best not to give them the hits.) By way of a hint, here's a wee snippet of Heffer's banter:
|This is not an official Better Together image, not even they are that stupid.|
(How unfair and biased am I.)
Now, so far so insulting. I don't mind a bit of harsh reportage, we've all heard and (some) enjoyed the rapier-like cut-and-thrust of debate, the banter on Have I Got News For You or Mock the Week. The thing is, the back and forth you hear on these types of programs usually (Susan Calman not-with-standing) have some basis in fact, Simon Heffer's opinion on the other hand is pure unadulterated shit.
Heffer is typical of a strain of Britnat that infests the corridors of the British Establishment. They come from all corners of the UK and maniacally espouse the notion - fueled by a denial of the end of empire - that Britain is still great, that the UK still works well under the beneficent rule of Westminster. People like Heffer know full well Scottish revenue kept & keeps the UK afloat and has done so for the past 30 years and more. When he and his ilk puke up the kind of bilge above about English money - he knows its Scottish money because in this bastard union, Scottish money IS British money and British money is English money.
When that useless arse Gordon Brown - another British Nationalist with his snout firmly in the trough - talked in Govan about pooling and sharing resources, he was being 50% honest. Westminster are past-masters at pooling resources from all around the world, what it isn't so great at is sharing. HS2, the new London sewage system, the Olympics, the jubilee celebrations - all part funded by Scottish revenue but Scotland didn't gain nor will gain anything from it. The high speed rail project costing upwards of £40 billion stops 200 miles from the Scottish border yet we're paying a per capita share for it - be in no doubt, Scotland is and will continue to be a cash cow for Westminster and people like Heffer will continue to believe - as scions of the British Establishment - that Scotland's income is their income.
Simon Heffer represents a slender yet voluble slice of British society, it includes Scottish people like Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling, they are fully immersed in and cosseted by the union. Putting to one side the labels, would a smaller group of people want to be part of a larger group when sections of that larger group feel such deep ire for them? Are Better Together and its supporters the new kids at some terrible private school trying desperately to pull the prefect's coat tails round their narrow shoulders for protection? Even although the bigger kids think they're useless sponging dopes happy to see their dinner money 'pooled' for the greater good of the bigger boys - is the United Kingdom some sort of cult praying on those with dependency issues?
The Daily Mail aided & abetted by the corpulent Simon Heffer have used forecasts from the Institute of Fiscal Studies (a Westminster invention known & loved by the Daily Mail because of its overly conservative figures where Scottish revenues are concerned) and used them to rubbish Scotland as a going concern. What is more, the Daily Mail and Heffer didn't have the guts to print it in the Scottish edition, we got a puff piece about Prince William's dog instead.
(Digressing slightly, the MOD had to put down a German and a Belgian Shepherd (called Brus and Blade respectively.) The two dogs guarded RAF Valley where Prince William was stationed. The MOD said Brus had come to the end of his working life and Blade had 'behavioural problems'. Obviously the dogs were trained killers so not conducive to normal rehoming efforts. The MOD clearly did not exhaust all avenues in their efforts to rehome the dogs - I believe Blade and Brus would have flourished at Northcliffe House in Kensington.)
Many of us have friends in England, while we can only hope they don't read the Daily Mail, that it has taken it upon itself to turn them against us makes things somewhat personal. It is a display of wanton irresponsibility to print this shit in England and one of craven, yellow-bellied gutlessness to not do so in Scotland. The Daily Mail is a doltish rag, anyone walking out of a newsagent with a copy must have it confiscated immediately, rolled up tightly, then be beaten around the back of the legs until they come to their senses.
By voting no next September, you're voting to stay in a union ran by an establishment doing its best to make the wider citizenry of said union hate your grasping, lager-sodden, substance-addled guts.
Each time some daft buffoon attempts to enforce the grasping sense of entitlement that typifies the British Establishment, more people in Scotland are turned on to the truth surrounding Scotland's actual place in this discordant union..
We should probably thank Simon, sometimes we on this side of things jokingly refer to the more dire unionist proponents as spies or agents-in-place for Yes Scotland. He on the other hand is exactly what he appears to be: a feeble-minded cretin.