Blair McDougall, director of “Better Together”, Dundee University, 30 October 2013:
You heard it straight from the horse’s – well, let’s be kind and say “mouth”, folks.
When Blair McDougall uncharacteristically spoke the truth at the debate between the Yes and No campaign chiefs in Dundee this week, the audience reacted with a mixture of gasps of shock and laughter. But the telling thing was that after the uproar died down, the No man didn’t backtrack or correct himself or acknowledge any gaffe or unfortunate choice of words.
After a good few seconds of thinking time, his next line was this:
“It’s a trap that they’re very wise not to fall into.”
He didn’t mis-speak. He said what he meant. The leader of the campaign to keep Scotland in the UK quite explicitly and deliberately told us that what UK ministers say now and what they’ll do after the referendum are two different things. It’s probably worth keeping that in mind.