While we welcomed the definitive answer on the question of an independent Scotland’s relationship to the United Kingdom, we were a little disturbed by something Alistair Darling said about Europe in his Newsnight Scotland interview last night.
It happened at 13m 42s. See what you think. (Emphasis Darling’s own this time.)
“A currency union means you’ve both got to agree your budgets. You’ve both got to agree how much you can tax, spend and borrow. And the point I’m making is that’s not freedom. That is actually – you imagine, you’re in the Eurozone, when Portugal sits down with Germany to discuss their budget, who’s going to make the decisions? Who’s gonna call the shots?”
Wait, what? Portugal isn’t free? Germany’s making all its economic decisions – and by extension those of every other country in the Euro that has a weaker economy than Germany’s, which is to say all of them – because they share a currency?
Was there another war and we didn’t notice? Does the plucky UK once again stand alone against a mighty German empire stretching across the whole of the European mainland? We can’t help feeling that’s the sort of thing we really ought to be told.