Bully-boy nationalists

Once again, personal abuse and insults appear to be the default response by foot soldiers of the pro-independence lobby against anyone who points out, in general and impersonal terms, the huge uncertainties and major risks of a Yes vote in September.

I refuse to dignify such tactics with a response, but they provide a frightening glimpse of the underlying intolerance of the delusional nationalist mindset. Provided the worst of these tendencies can be subdued until after September 18, I fear we will experience far more of this type of bully-boy behaviour if they get a Yes vote.

Throughout the world, and throughout history, whenever nationalism or religious extremism have raised their ugly heads, violence, economic ruin, misery and human suffering have followed. Tragically, all that the nationalists’ ambitions for absolute power will have achieved, whatever the result of the referendum, will be to divide friends, neighbours and communities across Scotland, alienate our UK neighbours, and make Scots appear naive and blind to reality.

Even the Church of Scotland is anxious about all this and made plans for the General Assembly to debate the need for “reconciliation” after the damage wrought by the single-minded personal ambitions and wild obsessions of a handful of second-rate politicians in Edinburgh.

Recently, Moody’s, the international credit-rating agency, concluded that a newly-independent Scotland would merit an “A” rating. Sounds good, but this is actually a “junk state” rating, as also applied to Mexico and Venezuela, among others. International perceptions of all this nonsense are already blighting our reputation and credibility, and will further damage Scotland economically as our collective sanity is being questioned worldwide.

These and many other similar statements and facts cannot simply be dismissed by the glib “Project Fear” defence of the SNP, or by the deep-thinking propaganda message: “Don’t worry, vote Yes and everything will be alright afterwards – honest”.

This is reality and advice from the best-informed sources possible.

Michael Wilson