Alex Salmond accused of 'talking down' Royal Navy

Concur with BR. The message here seems to be "aren't the English awful at keeping all those lovely destroyers and frigates away from us". Tit.
He seems to have forgotten that the SFA have reserved to themselves the right to protect their own fish; the RN Fishery Protection Squadron aren't allowed in Scottish waters.
And that just proves what a consummate politician this sleekit, slimy, nae-timorous beastie he actually is.

First, bleat on about the right to protect your "own" waters. Second, make sure when you get it that you and only you can do so. third, condemn those who previously protected those waters on behalf of all British citizens for not venturing north of the divide YOU put in place.

You have to admire such chutzpah, just for the sheer Machiavellian quality of it.
Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, has previously said the SNP no not appear to understand that defence is organised on a UK-wide basis, meaning ships and aircraft based south of the Border help secure Scotland’s waters.
Is that a simple Telegraph typo or the SoS Defence going outwith the normal use of English?

Anyway, it's clear what wee Jock Mc Plop was trying to say except that he seems to confuse performance with capability.


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He does have a point, our fleet is pathetic compared to years ago ( before my time I might add)

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The ships are, but they don't have any power for the Officers to act as British Sea Fisheries Officers. Having read the legislation, it seems as though as part of devolution, it was one of the powers sent North of the Border.
This is true, when I was on fish we had standoff's in Scotland, but we never conducted any patrols in their waters, they conducted their own.
The man Salmond is an idiot. He thinks that an independent Scotland would be a member of the E.U. despite being told that it would have to apply for entry. He thinks that the Scottish Pound would remain as the Scottish currency and be linked to Sterling despite being told by the Bank of England that no such link would exist and furthermore, entry to the E.U. would mean that Scotland would have to use the Euro! He maintains that Scotland would have its own armed services!! Where is that sort of money going to come from? The two nuclear power stations in Scotland would be closed (they generate over 50% of Scotland's power) but in his world 'renewables' would take up the slack. He has legislated for the vote to be given to sixteen-year-old children who will no doubt be treated to 'Braveheart' style propaganda before referendum day in order to swing the vote in his favour. I am a Scot and proud to be so, but this Salmond is a lunatic living in a strange world that exists only in his large but empty head and he scares me.
You are spot on! I too am a Jock and go back regularly and have yet to find a 'supporter' of this idiot's policies. BUT the SNP are seen as idealistic. When I was sweet 16, I wore my SNP badge with pride and had the logo on my schoolbag etc. So he has been very smart dropping the voting age to 16.

Now I am older and (a bit!) wiser.

Salmond and his chums CANNOT possibly have done their homework on this one.
Let's not forget that the 'vote' has been opened up to young idealistic school kids. As I said, when I was 'up north' a few weeks ago the support for independence was very strong all round.
If you are talking about the Burg, we must move in different cirles, as I know of no-one that supports him.

That said, I do think it will be a very close run thing - the realists v the idealists, with at the moment, no real information being provided with which to sway the idealists.

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