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  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
If you're good you go to heaven and if not then you go to hell.  Eternal damnation is what awaits sinners and floating about in fluffy clouds is the prize for all goody-two shoes.
 
But what is hell?  This week we saw a snapshot of what hell might look like when the Better Together gates opened and the flames of fear roared out.

The polls have spooked the Unionists there's no doubt about it.  This week we had a re-run of virtually every scare.  The best – or worst depending on your view – was the comments from BP Chairman Bob Dudley.

"Great Britain is great and it ought to stay together..." said Bob who went on to express his concern about the uncertainty of independence.  Top of Bob's list were currency and EU membership.

When I tuned into Reporting Scotland just in time to see wee Glenn Campbell scamper over to Alex Salmond to ask in his usual whining tone if the First Minister had a response to Bob's comments, but no apparent interest in pursuing and questioning Dudley, I thought to myself … this is what hell's like.

Hell is where halfwits make news headlines on the BBC by uttering halfwitted statements that nobody questions.  It's where journalism is measured not by your ability to question, but by your ability to accept.

Hell is either Ed Milliband or David Cameron fighting over the UKIP vote by demonising anyone who isn't born and bred in Blighty.  Hell is watching as whichever one wins the UK election sets about turning the screw on the dumb-ass Jocks who voted against independence.

Hell is Johann Lamont as First Minister of Scotland with Iain Gray in charge of the nation's finances.  It's Jackie Baillie in charge of welfare and Duncan McNeil in charge of … well anything really.

Hell is Scottish Labour realising that needs-based has replaced the Barnett Formula.  Hell is watching Scottish Labour trying to explain to the poor, the sick and the elderly why they are still Better Together despite having four billion quid cut from Scotland's grant.  It's being told that we are subsidised.

Hell is watching Scotland's much promised extra powers never materialise whilst crucial powers we once had are eroded.  Hell is new nuclear power plants installed in Scotland alongside the replacement for Trident.

It's watching as the oilfields are sucked dry and the gas exhausted, but no fund.  It's the missed opportunity of renewables and freezing pensioners who failed the means test. 

Hell is having to listen to somebody say they are "proud to be Scottish and proud to be British" as the body of a young Scot in a coffin draped in a union flag is lowered into a grave.

Hell is the look on the faces of some of those who voted No, and those who promoted No, when they see what it did to Scotland.  Hell is future generations asking why we had no belief in them.

Hell is the world seeing Scotland as the ony nation ever to reject its own independence.

Hell is in the word No.

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