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Still on course

A couple of days ago, I had a Facebook debate with a friend, Jackson Carlaw, who really should be the leader of the Scots Tories. He’s as committed to ‘No’ as I am to ‘Yes’ and I respect his beliefs. He is sure that his side will win, I hope that mine does; that’s a fair summation of our positions, and whatever happens we’ll still be friends next Friday.

He’s a veteran of many elections, and so am I if you go back to the Eighties, so we’re both basing our judgements on the same experiences. However I believe there is one thing that he is not taking into account. In size and scale, this is unlike anything we’ve seen before. The 1978 referendum debate was a pale shadow of this one, plus the game was rigged from the start. 2014 is new, and it may be that received wisdom will not apply.

If I’m right, ‘Yes’ will win. We’ll see in a week, after a further week of debate, and pontification by media ‘experts’ who don’t really know what they’re talking about. Could it be that the people who will decide the issue aren’t listening to any of them?

Categories: Politics
  1. Montaltoman
    September 12, 2014 at 9:51 am

    If you get a YES – can I come back from exile and continue defacing E ll R like in the old days?

  2. Chris Munro
    September 12, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Not sure if you saw BBC breakfast today, they had the owner of Wetherspoons on. As per he was asked about the referendum. He gave a very interesting and balanced reply. Comparing Soctland to New Zealand and Switzerland in terms of size of population, saying that neither of these countries have an issue with being too small to be a successful economy. Now it may be a leap for Scotland to emulate the Swiss over night however New Zealand is another matter (rugby notwithstanding) sorry had to get that in!! Suggest you have a look on Iplayer.

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