What do you make of this? Blunt truth-telling, or outrageous intervention in a debate that is none of his business?
EU tells Alex Salmond to think again in Scottish independence row | Politics | The ObserverVan Rompuy, who will still be president of the council in 2014, when the independence referendum is due to take place, was asked his views on Scottish independence during a recent Q&A session broadcast on YouTube. "Nobody has anything to gain from separatism in the world of today which, whether one likes it or not, is globalised," he said. "We have so many important challenges to take and we will only succeed if we can pool forces, join action, take common directions. The global financial crisis is hitting us hard. Climate change is threatening the planet. How can separatism help? The word of the future is union."
A source close to the president said Van Rompuy would not be campaigning against Scottish independence. "The president would never involve himself in a national dispute. However, Scotland will need to reapply for EU membership and he could chair the meetings where that is discussed," he said. Van Rompuy's term will finish at the end of 2014.
The source said that Van Rompuy would never involve himself in the debate, but isn't that precisely what he did? And is independence really so worthless in the 'new legal order' that it is not worth pursuing? If so, why don't van Rompuy and others at the EU candidly admit that this is so in relation to the entire project?
And is Scottish independence really so futile in a world of alleged 'union'? After all, won't they still be outside monetary, fiscal, and banking union? And, should the UK begin to disengage from 'ever closer union' in favour of semi-detachment from enhanced co-operation, why would Scottish independence be so anachronistic?
I don't believe that Scottish independence is going to happen, so perhaps this is irrelevant. It seems to me, on the face of it, like unwarranted interference, but perhaps his words are out of context, I don't know. Perhaps he might be better served to keep quiet on such matters in future.