I’m a big fan of the 1970s, the decade that gave us “Shang-a-Lang” (one of the great rock anthems of all time), Star Wars and flares. All classic stuff. Yet when it comes to great political slogans, the ’70s just didn’t cut it. “It’s Scotland’s oil” just isn’t up there with “I have a dream” or “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”
So how depressing that Alex (“It wisnae me – a big country done it and ran away”) Salmond has resurrected this grievance from a bygone era.
It is as counter-productive to describe Scotland as “an oil-rich country” as it would be to describe Shetland in the same way. But then, that’s nationalism for you; the secessionists of the SNP are no different from secessionists everywhere else. What matters is what divides us.
John Swinney, the Scottish Executive’s finance minister, claims that high oil prices are “the price of the Union”. Really? Well, in that case, everyone outside Scotland will be relieved that the cost of filling their petrol tanks is so cheap then…