It’s not unusual for Better Together to be accused of scaremongering. We’ve not been afraid to ridicule the No campaign, joking that an independent Scotland would be vulnerable to a zombie invasion and that independence would ruin Christmas.
But even we would turn away a satirical article claiming ‘Separation’ would cause ‘Gloom’ and ‘Doom’.
Yet Labour have produced a leaflet claiming exactly that. Handed out by activists and Glasgow City Councillors at Alex Salmond’s lecture in memory of Jimmy Reid, the leaflet claims that shipyards would be unsustainable in an independent Scotland.
We could make the point that a lecture in celebration of Reid – who did more than anyone to ensure that shipbuilding remained on the Clyde and was a life-long advocate of independence – was an inappropiate time to make such crass claims. But instead we’ll just enjoy the fact that the No campaign have already entered the ‘self-parody’ stage.
Although it’s not the first time – remember the claims that the UK would bomb our airports?
Photograph by Gary Cocker