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February 7

On this day the campaigning for Scottish election commenced almost immediately after the results of the British national election became known.

Britain Under Fire Part 01: Series III of Scotland Under FireThe national election covered a whole lot of issues which would be repeated in the Scottish one.

Essentially it would come down to arguments over Scottish independence. Given ex-First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond had raised this very issue barely a week earlier, so too did many senior Scottish National Party candidates in preparation for the Scottish election.

It did not take long for the media to shift its attention on First Scottish Minister Nicola Sturgeon who declared that the election was about a whole range of things, but yes "a vote for the SNP would mean a vote for independence".

"In the new parliament, should Scotland give us its blessing by returning the SNP to government, we will make it our priority to introduce a bill declaring independence," announced Sturgeon.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson immediately condemned the announcement declaring that Scotland simply cannot afford independence given the low price of oil.

Davidson added: "We would face a budget shortfall of £18.6 billion as a result of falling oil prices.

Scottish nationalists' economic forecasts at the time were based on an average oil price of $113 a barrel, more than double its current level".

Davidson then said "We would become something akin to Greece: a nation that is an economic disaster now lead by the same type of SNP left-wing party bent on its destruction".

The response from Labour was left to Gordon Brown for the most part, the ex-Labour leader who helped lead the Vote No campaign during the independence referendum period, who repeated all the objections about Scottish independence. "Everything we have and cherish. Our history and our identify. They were not forged outside the Union, but inside the Union, and none of us are any less Scots as a result".

"It is not less patriotic to vote against the SNP; Scotland does not belong to them," declared Brown.

But the reaction, even from many in Scottish Labour, to Brown's rhetoric fell on deaf ears to a certain degree.

The reaction from the Scotland Liberation Army was the harshest. Their media statement denounced Brown as a traitor in no uncertain words. "The Scottish Brown Snake, sometimes known as Gordon Brown, has already forgotten the events of the Scotland Emergency demonstrating that he long ago forgot Scotland and is now more English than ever.

"Once more Scottish blood has been spilt and lives have been taken by the English. This has been the real historical pattern over the centuries: one of domination, one of pillage, one of murder, and centuries of slavery. This is the Brown Snake's real so-called Union," the statement declared.