At this time of year the BBC establishment migrates North to Edinburgh for the festival and on Saturday morning did a demolition job on the SNP. The panel was the usual pro Union group of journos, businessmen and anti SNP MPs. So the whole discussion was loade against the SNP. This is exactly the treatment UKIP will get if it ever gets to a referendum. Alex Salmond has already chosen his referendum date, the 700th anniversary of the battle of Bannockburn, 24th June 2014 where Robert the Bruce defeated Edward II and thus established Scotland as an independent country approved by the Pope.
It is a testament to Alex Salmond's political and organisational skills that has has brought the SNP so close to attaining its goal of an independent Scotland. Its what of course UKIP aspires to but with Farage as leader that day will never see a morning. Alex stayed in his country, resigned his seat at Westminster. Would Farage do likewise? Not a hope! He is owned body and soul by the EU.
There was another good BBC programme that day on the success of local banks here and in Sweden and Germany. Its a basic tenet of good banking to know who you are lending to and for what the money will be used. That is why local; banks have such a low rate of bad loans. The big banks are only interested in selling, or more accurately mis-selling their overpriced products. All decisions are centralised in London where Bob Diamond and his ilk reign supreme. Is it any wonder UK banking is such a mess.