Saturday, 18 April 2009
Cheese Costs 50p
As a confirmed Euroscot, i've long favoured dumpin the pound to jump on board the Euro express. Gogs Broon's 5 key tests were an obfuscation for a decision that the government clearly never had the cojones to take. And let's be frank, it's a shite state of affairs that we have to pay commission to the banks and their pals any old time we can afford to splash cash in Ireland, France, Spain, Slovakia etc.
England's apparent attachment to its queen on the notes is one of the ways in which opinions in Scotland diverge from those elsewhere on this group of islands. Seems like we'll never get the Euro til we get independence. But that's really no the point right here, right now.
As i was reminded last night in the pub (Victoria Bar, Leith Walk: bit pricey, bit poncey, patchy tunes but i'm a sucker for those soft furnishings), cheese has, does and always will cost 50p. Some folks find this hard to get their heid roond but it's a very simple concept. (To be fair, before 15/02/71 cheese cost 10 bob but maist cats alive dinnae even mind the 74 World Cup so it's no a big issue.) Under my preferred state of affairs, cheese would suddenly cost 56.66 Eurocents which, no matter how it's dressed up just aint as catchy as the pounds and pence version. That's bound to be a hard sell to the skeptics.
So, my solution: independence now or ditch those 5 key tests ( i think they were chucked long ago but no-one's ever told me so) and adopt a simple round cheese/Euro rule. I'm no central banker but currency markets are up and down affairs and it cannae be long til the cheese is worth a rounder number than 56.66. Whether it's 50, 60, 70 or 40, on the day that the cheese/Euro ratio is divisible by 10, let's cut the crap and have it.