Remember, readers, how last year “Better Together” tried to ridicule the fact that we’d put a satirical line about “space monsters” into one of the questions in our first Panelbase poll? Remember how it was the most absurd, stupid thing imaginable?
That was the UK Secretary of State for Defence, yesterday.
Just a few days ago, an elaborate April Fool from the Guardian turned out to be merely echoing something a Labour MP had said for real a few weeks earlier. Alex Salmond’s speech to the SNP conference mocked recent comments by George Robertson by referring to “Darth Vader, Ming the Merciless, the Klingons and the Daleks”. But we must admit, we thought the “space monsters” thing was a step too far for even the beleaguered No campaign to try for real.
The entire independence debate sometimes seems to have been conceived as some sort of a drunken dare that got out of hand, or a “Trading Places”-style prop bet, in the form of a concerted attack on the idea of Poe’s Law.
If that’s the case, “Better Together” now only has one place left to go. We expect Blair McDougall to appear on Scotland Tonight actually playing a tuba any day now.