Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has today criticized David Cameron, accusing the Prime Minister of imposing ‘London strings’ on a 'Scottish matter' by holding the referendum on Scotland’s independence in seventeen minutes time in the basement of a cheese shop near the House of Commons
The First Minister, speaking from the steps of Parliment told us:“We in Hollyrood acknowledge that in order to hold this vote, we must have the consent and participation of the Westminster government but never in our wildest dreams did we imagine that Mr Cameron would force such a contentious and binding referendum forward to sixteen minutes from now. Sorry, what’s that? Fifteen?! Good God, what’s the address of that cheese shop? He said it was closed at odd hours because the owner’s Dad has taken ill. We’d better get a taxi or something”
Many see Mr Cameron’s gambit as a way to quash the possibility of an Independent Scotland by forcing the vote within twenty minutes; a timeframe that makes it difficult to raise awareness for the impending vote, send out pamphlets for either side of the issue or organize ballots
Alex Salmond had made it clear that he wished to hold the referendum in 2014, to coincide with the battle of Banockburn (the site of one Scotland’s few and fleeting military victories) and the country’s hosting of the Commonwealth games (which will likely be more representative of Scotland’s preference for losing at things).
However, Prime Minister Cameron’s surprise move to hold it in what is now fifteen minute’s time has considerably shortened the SNP’s ability to mount a persuasive case for splitting politically from England, and to rally the country’s voters around the topic.
Speaking from a pavillion from which he could watch Scotland’s First Minister try to hail a cab while tapping a postcode into his phone David Cameron took a moment to stop cackling and told us: “The debate around this issue has gone on long enough. Mr. Salmond ran on the issue and touted the fact that Tories are as common north of Hadrian’s wall as entirely sunny days or people with healthy cardiovascular systems”
“The debate has been hovering around for too long now and can be brought up every time our two countries fundamentally disagree on something- like which political party should be entirely in power- so i want to get this over and done with as soon as possible. It’s not about forcing the issue, it’s about setting a binding time period. Eleven minutes.”
If the vote does pass within the hour then it will politically and legally separate Scotland who have been united for close to three hundred years
However MSP Nicola Sturgeon has argued that the historic split will legitamise many of the day-to-day practices in Scottish life that separate them from their neighbours to the south “such as hating Tories, having different faces on our money and stocking irn bru at our McDonald’s” says Sturgeon.
“I’m sick of these sasenachs peering at pictures of Alexander Graham Bell or Charles Rennie Mackintosh while questioning how I spell ‘bru’. Independence!”
The vote, which will be held in nine minutes is expected to stir up a lot of controversy and delightful nationalism however the result goes.