By G.A.Ponsonby
If you're good you go to heaven and if not then you go to hell.  Eternal damnation is what awaits sinners and floating about in fluffy clouds is the prize for all goody-two shoes.
But what is hell?  This week we saw a snapshot of what hell might look like when the Better Together gates opened and the flames of fear roared out.

The polls have spooked the Unionists there's no doubt about it.  This week we had a re-run of virtually every scare.  The best – or worst depending on your view – was the comments from BP Chairman Bob Dudley.

"Great Britain is great and it ought to stay together..." said Bob who went on to express his concern about the uncertainty of independence.  Top of Bob's list were currency and EU membership.

When I tuned into Reporting Scotland just in time to see wee Glenn Campbell scamper over to Alex Salmond to ask in his usual whining tone if the First Minister had a response to Bob's comments, but no apparent interest in pursuing and questioning Dudley, I thought to myself … this is what hell's like.

Hell is where halfwits make news headlines on the BBC by uttering halfwitted statements that nobody questions.  It's where journalism is measured not by your ability to question, but by your ability to accept.

Hell is either Ed Milliband or David Cameron fighting over the UKIP vote by demonising anyone who isn't born and bred in Blighty.  Hell is watching as whichever one wins the UK election sets about turning the screw on the dumb-ass Jocks who voted against independence.

Hell is Johann Lamont as First Minister of Scotland with Iain Gray in charge of the nation's finances.  It's Jackie Baillie in charge of welfare and Duncan McNeil in charge of … well anything really.

Hell is Scottish Labour realising that needs-based has replaced the Barnett Formula.  Hell is watching Scottish Labour trying to explain to the poor, the sick and the elderly why they are still Better Together despite having four billion quid cut from Scotland's grant.  It's being told that we are subsidised.

Hell is watching Scotland's much promised extra powers never materialise whilst crucial powers we once had are eroded.  Hell is new nuclear power plants installed in Scotland alongside the replacement for Trident.

It's watching as the oilfields are sucked dry and the gas exhausted, but no fund.  It's the missed opportunity of renewables and freezing pensioners who failed the means test. 

Hell is having to listen to somebody say they are "proud to be Scottish and proud to be British" as the body of a young Scot in a coffin draped in a union flag is lowered into a grave.

Hell is the look on the faces of some of those who voted No, and those who promoted No, when they see what it did to Scotland.  Hell is future generations asking why we had no belief in them.

Hell is the world seeing Scotland as the ony nation ever to reject its own independence.

Hell is in the word No.


# call me dave 2014-02-06 23:43
This short article brings into sharp relief the choice that is to be made. That's why YES will win because hope and a positive message will be overcome fear.

In another post late tonight Mr Bateman detects a change from the BBC after watching Newsnight. In addition Radio Scotland's lost another 12% on it's listening figures.

Here is the video. Newsnight, good news.
# Macart 2014-02-06 23:56
I don't think there's anything you could add to that.
# tartanfever 2014-02-07 00:01
Couldn't agree more Mac.

GA's got a fire in the belly tonight and it's good to hear an impassioned voice.
# kenneth_clark336 2014-02-07 00:05
Not one word wasted. Every one hit the mark. Hell indeed.
# X_Sticks 2014-02-07 00:22
Nail, head, hit.
# thejourneyman 2014-02-07 00:39
At last we get to see the effects of the YES strategy to build grassroots support at community level. I got involved in Yes Clydesdale at this time last year and have continually said the UK MEDIA did not get the extent to which the people and not the politicians were building the movement.
On Saturday a group of hard core Yes Clydesdalers came together to agree how we step things up during the run in, and I believe the same is happening across the country, which gives me hope that Scotland's people really can get the country we want.
We are near the stage where this becomes self evident and there is nothing the dark art of fear can do - Scotland has entered a new period of enlightenment, by the people for the people, we must carry as many people as possible forward to a more equal, prosperous and socially just Scotland.
Mon the people!
# IXL 2014-02-07 08:31
Really excellent article
I'm going to print off some copies and hand them around at work - looking fwd to seeing the effect :-)

Thank you - great start to the day
# X_Sticks 2014-02-07 09:06

"Scotland has entered a new period of enlightenment, by the people for the people"

I was just saying exactly the same thing to Mrs X_Sticks last night.

A new age of Scottish enlightenment! And what's more journeyman, WE'RE DOING IT DELIBERATELY!
# IXL 2014-02-07 09:56
# Leswil 2014-02-07 10:50
Excellent stuff, should be printed and posted to every house in Scotland.
# theycantbeserious 2014-02-07 11:13
Excellent! So hell is the UK?
# macgilleleabhar 2014-02-07 12:05
Great to read passion and realism from both Mr.Ponsonby and Mr.Bateman.
Derek Bateman is also in superb form in his last two posts.
# Christian_Wright 2014-02-07 12:49
Ponsonby plays a Blinder.
# proudscot 2014-02-07 14:14
I have just watched the video of the BBC2 Newsnight interview with Alan Little. What a difference from how he would have been treated on Newsnicht, where he would have been interrupted and talked over by the sneering, face-pulling Brewer. Then he'd have had at least three pro-union MP's and the ubiquitous Prof.Curtice, contesting his points with half-truths, assertions and skewed figures.

No doubt Boothman and his Pacific Quay cabal of high-heidyins will have been on the phone, complaining that this kind of balanced reporting is NOT suitable for Scottish viewers. BBC Scotland's rule on the inependence referendum is conducted on the mushroom-growing principle - keep them in the dark and feed them manure!
# Auld Rock 2014-02-07 16:13
Here is a 'REAL HELL' for all you football followers. Hell will be FIFA saying, Scotland you didn't want Independence so from now on you will be part of a new Gt. Britain team and Scotland NO MORE.
# rabkae 2014-02-07 16:50
I'll be watching "Hell" unfold from overseas in the event of a No vote - I've no intention of living in a country which will spend the next four decades circling the drain before finally disappearing into it.

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