Flippin’ ‘Eck and his chums are working their way through the world choosing Countries for Scotland to aspire to imitate.
As the selected paragons fall over one by one, ‘Eck gets another country out of his pack of Top Trumps.
Why not play along and check them off, and keep a note when they stop doing the comparison?
There are only a few dozen countries in the world of about the right size.
Who knows – there are at least two years to go andthey may run out.
If I have my propositional logic right, this is a continuing No True Scotsman fallacy, which seems appropriate.
Here’s the Bingo card. Citations below, either by Alex Salmond or an official spokesperson. Cybergnats in Comment Threads don’t usually count, I’m afraid. You can print our a PDF copy here.
Any more for any more?
A SNP spokesman said: “Norway is an outstanding example of an independent country which is husbanding its oil and gas resources for long term benefit, while Westminster has frittered Scotland’s North Sea revenues away.
“With more value to come from the North Sea than has been generated to date, Scotland has every opportunity as an independent nation to deliver similar benefits as Norway has secured.”
But Mr Store, a member of a Centre-Left government that took power three years ago, said very little oil and gas revenue goes to the Norwegian exchequer, with the money instead going into “a pension fund that will be used for our children and grandchildren.”
Arguing that “comparisons between Norway and Scotland have some clear limitations”, he added: “Norway has been an independent state for more than 100 years.
Alex Salmond hailed the “remarkable similarities” between Scotland and Qatar during a visit to the oil-rich Gulf state.
He said: “As nations, we both have considerable expertise in oil and gas production, but as we look to the future and a low-carbon economy, we must increasingly develop new technologies.
“We discussed the remarkable similarities between our respective nations. Although both Scotland and Qatar have common strengths in the oil and gas sector, we are both seeking to develop our low-carbon energy industries.
AN INDEPENDENT Scotland would become part of a northern European “arc of prosperity”, the Scottish National Party promised yesterday.
Alex Salmond, the SNP leader, claimed that Ireland, Iceland and Norway demonstrated that small independent countries were amongst the richest in the world.
Mr Salmond said that all three “young countries” had become independent in the 20th century and moved from being less prosperous than Scotland to being more economically successful.
This post was inspired by the Alex Salmond Dictator Comparison Bingo at Podgamer.
[Updated: 22/2/2012 9:15am. Iceland, Ireland added.]
Picture found via: Lallands Peat Worrier.