The latest panic measure having a Westminster opposition back bencher promise a timetable for as yet undecided powers after the postal votes have closed was only trumped in terms of nonsense by having saltires flown over council buildings in England and has surely confirmed to any undecided Scots that Better Together has failed and the powers that be in London have decided to take over.
Whats more the three posh boys have rushed north, not together we note, to speak to invited audiences only, in secure locations. Meantime bruiser Lord “Two Jags” Prescott steals Jimmy Murphy’s soap box and, after ranting against his Better Together colleagues the Tories, tells the crowd Scotland and England should have a joint football team to beat the Germans.
Its hard to conceive a more ludicrous or flawed approach to trying to stem the “Yes” tide. Do they ( ie the Westminster elite ) really, honestly believe that the actions of today and yesterday had the capacity to influence Scotland in a positive manner. ?
Of course all good circuses end with the clowns and on Friday we have Farage and his racist UKIP in Glasgow and then on Saturday musical entertainment on the streets of the capital courtesy of the Orange Order.
More seriously the BBC and to a lessor extent Sky appear to be on a war like propaganda footing against “Yes” and backing “No” while big business and the bankers drip feed a frenzy of fear and doom and gloom if it’s a “Yes”.
You can find some unbiased comment if you search hard enough, eg the Financial Times carried an informative article on the currency issue with four economists giving what seemed to me to be sensible arguments.
However as everybody else is having their say, here’s mine.
Scotland should vote yes to protect itself from the worst excesses of the increasingly right wing agenda that is manifesting in English politics. It could then pursue a more egalitarian and socially just society. It has the natural resources, industry, infrastructure, and crucially people to be a successful independent country. Of course initially there may be some short lived economic turbulence. However the short to medium term will see that pass and then the country prosper both economically and socially.
And hey, maybe one day we will have that utopia… A Scottish socialist republic.
Blog entry by Neil, project participant living and working in the East End of Glasgow