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Gordon Brown To Deliver Scottish Independence?

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http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/08/27/uk-scotland-independence-brown-idUKKBN0GR0UQ20140827

Former British prime minister Gordon Brown set aside a long-running feud on Wednesday to urge Scots to reject independence in his first public appearance with Alistair Darling, the leader of the campaign to keep Scotland part of the United Kingdom.

With three weeks to go before a historic independence referendum on Sept. 18, the two Labour party politicians, who fell out while in government from 2007-10, appeared in Dundee to argue that Scotland would be better off staying in the union.

They spoke as postal voting got underway and as the campaign intensifies with independence supporters struggling to catch up with their rivals in the polls even though their leader, Alex Salmond, won a final TV debate on Monday.

Polls show the pro-independence camp is on average 14 percentage points behind the anti-independence side.

Darling was Britain's finance minister from 2007 to 2010 under Brown, but his comments on the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent criticism of Brown's leadership soured relations between the two.

Probably the last thing the No campaign needs!

Although it certainly appears a Labour run campaign as politically for the Tories they would be better off if Scotland left.

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http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/08/27/uk-scotland-independence-brown-idUKKBN0GR0UQ20140827

Probably the last thing the No campaign needs!

Although it certainly appears a Labour run campaign as politically for the Tories they would be better off if Scotland left.

Absolutely right. If I had a vote, it would now be a resounding YES.

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Indeed most people understand that Darling was the fall guy who did a reasonable job of trying to avert catastophe after Brown had destroyed the economy. One assumes the SNP have unlocked the gates to the assylum and freed Brown from his strait jacket.

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Indeed most people understand that Darling was the fall guy who did a reasonable job of trying to avert catastophe after Brown had destroyed the economy. One assumes the SNP have unlocked the gates to the assylum and freed Brown from his strait jacket.

HA! if only. Most politically minded people I talk to blame Darling and seem to still think brown was the prudent chancellor or the the iron chancellor or some other rubbish.

Trying to convince the average mug these things don't just 'happen' over a week or two but are the result of years, decades of bad policy seems impossible. I guess its not surprising...after 10 years of being told by the BBC he's a great chancellor, and then things collapse when the amateur Darling comes in...well its hard for them to accept their hero isn't really a hero. Labour types have been trying to find a 'father figure' in the party. Blair they hate, so it cant be him, the only others are from the 1970s or dead, as that's when they were last in power, so they are attempting to polish Browns tarnished image.

Given Brown doesn't seem to be doing much on the rent-a-gob circuit ala bliar, it wouldn't surprise me if liebour manage to find some prominent role for him, elected or otherwise.

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Did Salmond really win?

I mean clearly he is better at arguing and getting his point to the people but his arguments only went deep enough to appease the general electorate.

take the currency as an example.

It seems best case, assuming britain rejects a currency union (almost certain), is to unofficially use the sterling and default on scotlands share of the debt claiming it is not there debt in the first place.

Is this a real option? it sounds ridiculous.

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