9 January 2012

How to lose a referendum in one easy lesson...

...get a quintessentially English prime minister from a priviledged background to issue an ultimatum to an autonomous small nation with a fear of said quintessentially English background. Then couch it in legal and constitutional terms that allows the populist (and popular) government to reject it in layman's terms that make their opponents appear to be arrogant and out of touch.

No doubt the champagne has been flowing in SNP headquarters today. Given the utter uselessness of the non-SNP parties in dealing with the SNP government in Edinburgh I'm not sure the timing or question of an independence referendum matters. Salmond will win it - whatever the question, whenever it is held.

1 comment:

  1. I'm not so sure that they will ultimately win out, but those people who don't want to see independence need a good kick up the arse, if you'll pardon the expression.

    At least we seem to have got rid of the time limit, which was a ridiculous suggestion in the first place.

    I do think that the referendum needs to be overseen by the Electoral Commission, though to make sure that everything is done properly and above board.

    What would be good, though, is if the whole debate had been conducted with a much better attitude from primarily the SNP, Tories and Labour. It's all full of swagger and macho posturing and utterly depressing and frustrating to watch.