From the first part of an article today's Daily Telegraph:
The SNP is a muddled, confused blend of big state socialists, nationalists, populists and the odd genuine capitalist that will make a disastrous hash of it all
There is a simple yet fatal contradiction at the heart of Alex Salmond’s case for Scottish independence. With self-government comes the need to earn economic credibility – and yet Salmond is threatening a confidence-shattering default on Scotland’s share of the national debt, is clueless about which currency he will adopt, has no idea how to retain a financial sector in Edinburgh, doesn’t have a realistic plan to deal with Scotland’s declining oil revenues, hasn’t thought through his future trading arrangements and continues to support a nonsensical, something-for-nothing approach to the public finances.
It’s a recipe for disaster, and the very opposite of the cautious, prudent, pro-market manifesto that would be needed to make independence succeed.
An excellent summary of the virtues and abilities of Alex Salmond and his polyglot assortment of professional buffoon fellow-travellers.