You can always tell when Eck and Nicola are comfortable in an interview.
They both have the habit (one suspects that Nicola has learned the trick from the master) of having a chuckle as they answer a question. They don’t actually laugh, they simply insert a wee splutter into words and pauses.
It is usually done to illustrate absurdity in the opponents’ arguments or to emphasise that what their opponents have done is what the Nats had suggested all along. Thus yesterday we had Eck barely able to conceal his glee at the UK government’s statement that they would guarantee all UK debt up to the date of the referendum should Scotland vote for independence. Eck’s view was “(splutter) Well one can hard(splutter)ly be surprised when the UK government steps (splutter) in to guarantee debt accumu (splutter) lated by the UK. This is to be welcomed and is of course the (splutter) common sense position”. I may have paraphrased the words and spluttering but that was the overall tone.
Nicola was also dead chuffed with herself when interviewed yesterday. She splutters a little more politely than Eck, in fact it’s almost like a gasp or cough but she uses it to similar effect.
Alistair Darling’s comparison yesterday of Scotland’s economy to a ‘tinpot South American’ one was a strange one. I had a teacher at Secondary school who used to say that wearing jeans would not only affect one’s life chances but that there was medical proof that they caused VD. I had a vision of him yesterday when listening to Darling go off on his tangent.
A good day for the Yes campaign I’d suggest.
BBC Scotlandshire has a cut out and keep guide here which has various experts examining the opposing political views on different aspects of independence and analysing them.
It turns out that the experts are spluttering a bit too.