When the wording of the proposed question for the referendum came out on Wednesday. ‘Do you agree that Scotland should be an Independent country?’, my first thoughts were, ‘They wont wear it!’
I decided not to make an article on the subject at that point, because I don’t like giving Unionists ideas or reasons to argue against Independence.
I did not have long to wait for the howls of protest though! Darling, Forsythe and Rifkind were all on tv that night, spitting mad about the question, and all trying to suggest a question which would suit the unionists. Something along the lines of …You don’t really want to separate from the United Kingdom do you?
I knew however, why they had taken such a massive dislike to the proposed question, and it was not difficult to see.
I very much doubt that question will remain in its current form, and so feel free to comment.
What is wrong with the question? It is loaded or leading, and it wont be allowed.
It is a leading question, because its wording naturally directs the person answering it down one channel as opposed to another.
Let me lay it out for you, and you may see what I mean.
Do you AGREE that Scotland should be an Independent country?
The word ‘agree’ gives a suggestion of travel for the answer, and we are much more likely to automatically respond in the affirmative to it.
In my opinion, and I may be wrong, I feel that the wording will almost certainly change, and we will get a variation of that question instead.
What do I think the final question will be?
I know the Brit Nats want it to be about leaving the UK, but they wont get it.
I think instead it will be much more like this;
Should Scotland become an Independent Country?
Without the word agree, it is not loaded, but still focussed on Scotland. It can’t be disputed for being potentially biased to an outcome, and is an open question.
Who would have thought it would be so hard to ask a simple question?
Mind you, getting to ask the question at all, is the one thing they tried so damn hard to stop, and they have failed.
They will not stop the answer they are going to get either! AYE !