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Scotland the Brave

I have very mixed feelings about the referendum. Head says no, heart says yes, etc. Not that it matters since I don't even get a vote. Still, I've got a 100 pound bet on it being No, so I reckon I'll be happy whatever happens.

Meanwhile, here's two genuine messages I sent to the campaign leaders yesterday. They still haven't got round to replying. I expect they're a bit busy right now.


Dear Alistair Darling

As we reach the closing crucial hours of this historic campaign I feel it is up to every Scottish citizen to lend their weight to your noble cause.

Please therefore accept this sincere offer of my pop band, the New Royal Family's much loved composition Scotland The Brave (a modern twist on the old classic) as our contender for the official anthem of the BETTER TOGETHER campaign.

The song was composed way back in 1986 when I was just a naive schoolboy at Brechin High in the county of Angus, and yet it was not properly recorded until I had made my fortune in London, with the help of fine fellows and ladies from south of the border (and an American, but that's not particularly relevant to the argument I'm trying to make here). This combination of Scottish and English talents I think symbolises more perfectly than even JK Rowling's impassioned ramblings, the great things that the Scots and English have achieved together, and can continue to achieve if we just put our differences aside and stop squabbling about oil.

Indeed, the lyrics today are more relevant than ever. "SNP propaganda (SNP!)" we chant, before delivering the sucker punch "Like living in a verandah" - an indictment of the fairy tale economics of Alex Salmond and his Tartan Tories.

It is thus with great pride that I make this humble offering to the BETTER TOGETHER campaign and hope that, by uniting the forces of your functional grasp of macro economic policy and our catchy singalong, we can continue to reap the combined benefits of the United Kingdom.

I tried to send an mp3 but the form wouldn't let me, so here's our simple but effective video on YouTube:



Please let me know if you'd like an mp3 or CD version. If you're a vinyl man, you'll have to wait for our Greatest Hits, due next year.

Whatever the outcome, I hope our song raises a smile!

Lang may yer lum reek, Darling!

Yours in excited anticipation

David Barnett



Dear Alex Salmond

As we reach the crucial closing hours of this historic campaign I feel it is up to every Scottish citizen to lend their weight to your noble cause.

Please therefore accept this sincere offer of my pop band, the New Royal Family's much loved composition Scotland The Brave (a modern twist on the old classic) as our contender for the official anthem of the YES campaign.

The song was composed way back in 1986 when I was just a naive schoolboy at Brechin High in the county of Angus, struggling to pass my O Grades despite Mrs Thatcher's attempt to weaken our hardy Scots bones by her Great School Milk Robbery of just a few years earlier.

Yet the lyrics today are more relevant than ever. "SNP propaganda (SNP!)" we chant, in probably one of the earliest namechecks of your great party in song form, particularly in the 80s when no one took it seriously. "A third world country, flushed down the drain" we predict of the fate that awaits us if we continue to be dictated to from Westminster, pointing the finger of blame at the "Sassenachs (who) don't give a sh**".

It is thus with great pride that I make this humble offering to the YES campaign and hope that, by uniting the forces of your fine oratory and our catchy singalong, we can at last throw of the yoke of more than three centuries of English oppression.

An mp3 is attached, or you can watch our simple but effective video on YouTube:



Please let me know if you require a CD version. If you're a vinyl man, you'll have to wait for our Greatest Hits, due next year.

Lang may yer lum reek, 'Eck!

Yours in excited anticipation

David Barnett (A Scotsman living in London)

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