With a referendum on Scottish independence from the United Kingdom only seven months away, political rhetoric is escalating, and so is fear-mongering.
In recent weeks George Osborne, the chancellor of the Exchequer, warned that an independent Scotland might not be able to use the British pound as its currency, and the European Commission president, José Manuel Barroso, suggested that it would be “extremely difficult, if not impossible” for Scotland to remain in the European Union. These assertions are highly contestable.
Other leaders are trying for a softer touch.
Earlier this month, Prime Minister David Cameron entered the fray, with a speech intended to remind Scots of the many virtues of staying in the United Kingdom.… Seguir leyendo »