Alex Ferguson gives Alex Salmond the hairdryer treatment

17th December, 2012 11:36 am

After Alex Salmond attempt to restrict the amount that Scots based elsewhere in Britain could donate to the Scottish referendum campaigns, Alex Ferguson gave Salmond a dose of his world famous “hairdryer treatment”, saying:

“Eight-hundred-thousand Scots, like me, live and work in other parts of the United Kingdom. We don’t live in a foreign country; we are just in another part of the family of the UK. Scots living outside Scotland but inside the UK might not get a vote in the referendum, but we have a voice and we care deeply about our country.”

“It is quite wrong of the man who is supposed to be leader of Scotland to try and silence people like this. I played for Scotland and managed the Scotland team. No one should question my Scottishness just because I live south of the Border.”

  • Steven Syme

    Eck (…and Nicola) have a point. The referendum has nothing to do with English residents or voters, so if Fergie is a English resident, he’s ‘out of the game’ on this one. I’m a Scot living in England too, but all I can do is assist wherever I can to comrades North of the border who want to fight the god-awful No campaigners….

    • mattwardman

      Of course it’s to do with us.

      It’s part of our country – the UK – that the Gnats are trying to separate off.

  • cynicalhighlander

    He should stick to football as that is all he knows about.

  • franwhi

    Alec Ferguson is a long running opponent of further Scottish devolution or independence and is quite happy with the status quo in Scotland despite the fact he’s not on the register to vote residing at the moment outside the constituency. In fact, he’s something of a poster boy for the Better Together campaign even though he resides outside the constituency.
    However, it’s not his £501 tokenistic donation that’s the problem nor the fact that he resides outside the constituency – it’s the fact that the SNP could never hope to match the spending power of three opposition parties who have a UK rather than a Scottish spending base. Whatever the result of the referendum it cannot be based on the ability to spend money otherwise the Tories would win every election across the length and breadth of Britain. Is that what Labourlist want ? Or only what they want for Scotland ? Sir Alec should consider this before he blows anymore hot air

  • John Ruddy

    And cue the cybernats!

    The real point here is that the YES campaign want to stop Scots living in England from contributing to the campaign, but are happy to take money from “patriots” living abroad. I presume they mean the Bahamas…..

    In all previous referenda, campaign contributions were allowed from anywhere in the UK – including the one on devolution in 1997. Why should this be any different? What about all that Euro Lottery money?

  • John Ruddy

    So, by your own rules you should shut up and not donate any money.

    Oh, I see! Its one rule for you and another for the No campaign!! I should have realised….

  • Pingback: Better Together’s Morality Vacuum | National Collective()


  • Featured News Corbyn writes to NEC in search of backing over Syria

    Corbyn writes to NEC in search of backing over Syria

    Jeremy Corbyn has written to members of Labour’s National Executive Committee asking for their opinion on the party’s position on Syrian airstrikes, ahead of today’s Shadow Cabinet meeting. Corbyn announced at last week’s meeting of the Shadow Cabinet that he would not support airstrikes, while senior members, including the Shadow Foreign Secretary and Deputy Leader, said they were minded to back them. On Friday, Corbyn emailed party members asking for their input, and has apparently received over 70,000 replies. Over the […]

    Read more →
  • Europe Featured News The full list of Labour MPs signed up to pro-EU campaign

    The full list of Labour MPs signed up to pro-EU campaign

    213 MPs have signed up to Labour’s pro-EU group ‘Labour In’, including Jeremy Corbyn and the entire Shadow Cabinet. Today, Phil Wilson MP has outlined the group’s stance in an article on LabourList, saying the party is united in its “belief that Britain should remain part of the European Union”. “Our campaign will be distinctive from the cross-party campaign, because we will focus on the issues important to Labour supporters and voters, in particular economic growth, jobs and rights for […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Europe Featured Labour is united in its belief that Britain should remain part of the EU

    Labour is united in its belief that Britain should remain part of the EU

    Over 210 Labour MPs have joined the Labour In PLP group, including the Leader of the Labour Party, and the entire Shadow Cabinet. The Parliamentary Labour Party is united in its belief that Britain should remain part of the European Union. The EU referendum poses the most important question to face the UK, not just in this Parliament, but for decades to come. If we believe Britain is a force for good in the world, we must be optimistic, outward-looking […]

    Read more →
  • News Chuka Umunna says he’d defy a Labour whip to vote for Syria airtsrikes

    Chuka Umunna says he’d defy a Labour whip to vote for Syria airtsrikes

    Chuka Umunna, former shadow Business Secretary, has said that he would defy a Labour whip on Syria if there were one. .@ChukaUmunna tells #Murnaghan he’d defy whip & vote for Syria airstrikes: “You have to do what you think is right” — Murnaghan (@SkyMurnaghan) November 29, 2015 Jeremy Corbyn this morning said that he hasn’t decided whether there will be a free vote on Britain joining the bombing campaign against ISIS in Syria but reiterated his opposition to these plans. […]

    Read more →
  • Featured News Corbyn appeals to Labour MPs before Syria vote

    Corbyn appeals to Labour MPs before Syria vote

    Jeremy Corbyn has this morning maintained his opposition to bombing ISIS in Syria and asked Labour MPs to “look carefully” at the whole situation in Syria before voting on the issue. This morning on the Andrew Marr Show, Labour’s leader revealed that 70,000 people have responded to the e-mail he sent out on Friday, asking them their views on airstrikes in Syria. A number of shadow cabinet members, who are thought to be in favour of airstrikes in Syria, were […]

    Read more →
Share with your friends