Over the past few weeks, there has been a media swarm surrounding a possible debate on Scottish independence between First Minister Alex Salmond and Prime Minister David Cameron. After repeatedly turning down the SNP leader’s offer to debate the thistly issue of independence, Cameron has finally acquiesced, and agreed to a televised, one-on-one interview with Salmond, in which the Prime Minister will put forth the case for why he won’t debate independence with Salmond.
The “independence debate” debate, which will be broadcast on STV next month, has lit a fire under the ongoing independence campaign, or more specifically, the question of whether the leader of the SNP should debate the leader of the Conservative party on Scottish independence.
Questions begging to be answered during the discussion include whether Salmond and Cameron are in any way opposite numbers, whether it would be better to have the leaders of Better Together and Yes Scotland debate, and of course the vital question: just who are the leaders of Better Together and Yes Scotland?
Is Alex Salmond not the leader of Yes Scotland? Is it Blair Jenkins, or is he just the chairman? And just what is the difference between the chairman and the leader?
All of these discussion points make for an exciting, unmissable event, and none could be more excited or more unmissable than Alex Salmond himself, who will be looking to elevate the independence debate from the petty issues of the day, to more weighty, informative topics that educate the public.
“It’s about time we had a debate on this subject, I guess he’s not so feart after all”, said a beaming Salmond, “It would of course have been my preference to debate the actual issue of independence itself, though I would argue that technically this still falls under that general category. I will gladly accept that technical victory on behalf of the Scottish people”.
“My next step is obviously to win this debate against Cameron, thus convincing him of a further debate on Scottish independence,” Salmond went on, still beaming, “Failing that, I’d be happy just to win the public vote, though the polls don’t look too appealing at all”. Concluding the interview the First Minister asked us to clarify that he was not referring to the referendum in this last point.
When approached for comment, Cameron would not be drawn on the upcoming debate, except to say that the only reason he agreed to the debate was to get Salmond to stop writing him letters every week. The SNP leader was not discouraged by this response however, and has vowed to redouble his efforts and write “at least twice a week” from now on, a move which he hopes will result in the expansion of Scotland’s libraries.