We’ll never tire of documenting the Daily Record’s increasingly panicked attempts to get David Cameron to enact the Record’s dodgy promise of last September and save it from having to answer for the pup it sold Scotland.
That one’s 30 September 2014, just 12 days after the vote.
And again the next day.
The following month the Record tried insisting that – although no law had been passed – “The Vow” had, in fact, already been delivered in full.
(In an unsuccessful attempt to help Scottish Labour in the election.)
So it was decidedly perplexing that by last month, the paper was suddenly warning of the dire consequences if the Unionist promises weren’t all kept. Hadn’t we been told quite expressly months before that they already had been?
“We must… hold them to their promise”, said the Record, which would inescapably seem to suggest that the promise the paper called “a water-tight pledge” back in September had NOT been kept.
Despite what we’d been told in November by the Record and its pet political party.
“We – the people of Scotland – cannot allow Westminster to wriggle out of their obligation to deliver the Smith Commission proposals in word and spirit”, it added, as if it had been the people of Scotland, rather than the Daily Record, that had printed a fake-parchment front page swearing that the said obligation was the word of God and could not be wriggled out of.
Especially as it would be personally guaranteed by Gordon Brown.
But just weeks later the paper was warning the Tories, whose knees were doubtless knocking, that “failure to deliver The Vow would have serious consequences”. (You know, the Vow we’d been told had already been delivered in full months before.)
And yesterday, the paper took out an extra-large editorial to assert that the promises made by the Secretary of State for Scotland just days earlier had been hollow.
Later in the editorial, the paper said that the Prime Minister had a “moral obligation to live up to” the commitments made in The Vow. Again, that seems a clear statement that he hasn’t done so.
The Daily Record assured Scots that it was safe to vote No in the guaranteed certainty that the Unionists would keep their word and deliver the change Scotland wanted. It knew full well that that pledge might be in the hands of Tory government just a few months down the line. So just when will it bite the bullet and finally tell Scotland the truth with a front page screaming “THE VOW BETRAYED”?