The matter of EU membership is extremely pertinent to the Wind farm debate as it is precisely EU climate change targets that are rolled out to support the industry. So was the First Minister telling Porky Pies or just mis-understood. Well I heard the interview at the time and certainly I had the impression that legal advice had been sought. I will concede that the advice seems at odds with many learned constitutional EU experts and an element of Common sense. Spain already has serious issues both over Gibralter, who they have prevented joining the EU over the lifetime of the organisation, and the Basque Territory. Mr. Salmond’s support of the Basque movement is certainly not going to win him support from the Spanish Government. On top of this why spend £12,000 of taxpayer’s money fighting an application to know what that advice was if you can clearly state you haven’t applied for any yet. What now concerns me is that this issue is denigrating the whole of Scotland in the views and opinions of the world. Mr. Salmond, on both wind and indepedence has opened up a division in this country not seen since the Jacobite Rising. Leaving Nicola Sturgeon to take the flak on Newsnight is the action of a prize rat, more mouse than man! Without doubt Mr. Salmon is a very clever man, perhaps too clever for his own good. The SNP MSP followers, in their devout support their leader, has devalued their standing in Scotland. So the question is Did he or Didn’t he lie? Listening carefully to his words he may well have behaved like all politicians and failed to answer the question directly. Yes, he had sought advice on the documents/papers. But which ones. Anyone listening to the debate which was about EU membership, would obviously conclude that it was the EU membership issue. But was it Salmond’s obfuscation of the truth. A sidestep? I suspect that he uncharacteristically made a slip up and then tried to cover his back. Was this a case of Spin that has ended up as Crash and Burn? The fact remains that on one of the main planks of his Indepedence platform, EU Membership and the Euro, he failed to take legal advice on whether it was possible, practical and do-able. On that score if he wasn’t a liar, he was a monuemental fool. Just as his energy policy doesn’t stand scutiny, nor do either his EU aims, keeping the pound or his plans for membership of Nato.
One more defection and a ten member majority has disappeared like butter in the sun. What we need now, more than ever, is an effective and well run opposition. The energy debate must be kept at the top of the agenda. Yesterday, UK wind produced just 0.22 gigglewatts. Whose having a laugh at our expense now?