In another baffling example of the UK media trying to persuade us in Scotland to change our indyref voting intentions based on the wishes of rich famous people rather than cold hard economics, Dan Snow has published an open letter to Scotland in the Telegraph this week signed by 200 mostly English upper class people:
“The decision on whether to leave our shared country is, of course, absolutely yours alone.
“Nevertheless, that decision will have a huge effect on all of us in the rest of the United Kingdom.
“We want to let you know how very much we value our bonds of citizenship with you, and to express our hope that you will vote to renew them. What unites us is much greater than what divides us. Let’s stay together.”
Dan Snow’s father-in-law is The Duke of Westminster, who owns quite a lot of Sutherland. 94000 acres of it. You can see why he’s keen to hang onto us.
Some of the signatories to this letter have said some rather unbecoming things about us before they thought we might up sticks though. Take Rod Liddle for example.
“the only reason any people remain in Scotland is on account of the extremely cheap alcohol available in supermarkets, plus a ready supply of heroin for when the alcohol runs out”
David Starkey, he also loves us really:
“If we decide to go down this route of having an English national day, that means we become a feeble little country, just like the Scots and the Welsh and the Irish.”
Simon Cowell and David Walliams are also signatories. Apparently they really do love us and were only joking about not liking Scottish people and being afraid they’d get lynched if they came back to Glasgow.
They really sound like they value their bonds of citizenship with us, don’t they?
Quite apart from that lot being brazenly two-faced and expecting us not to notice, a lot of the names are just a bit, well, perplexing. Will anyone really decide to change their vote because Ben Fogle says he wants them to? Or Cilla Black? Never mind the chance to have more control over our own affairs, protect our NHS and welfare state and boot nuclear weaponry out of Scotland, Ross Kemp says he’ll be upset if we go. Right then.