I have been listening to the chattering classes this week, and watching them play their form of political chess.
Other than the politicians, I have also been taking note of the wide variety of political commentators spouting forth their various views as normal.
About the only thing that I have concluded from the hubub, is do any of them actually know what they are talking about, and do they have a clue where they are going? So far, I barely think that they do, and I include the SNP in that statement.
There seems to be some sort of consensus that the Unionist side are moving towards a baseline of Devo Plus.
One major stumbling block about any sort of enhanced devolution, by whatever name you call it, is not that they wont put it on the ballot paper, but that they cannot put it on the ballot paper.
In order to have a change in the devolution settlement, Westminster must shape what it entails, and it requires all parts of the UK to have their say. The people of Scotland cannot vote on it, and the Scottish government can neither shape it, nor propose it, nor deliver it.
The Unionist argument seems to be that they will deliver Devo something, but only if Scotland votes to reject independence.
Therefore the people of Scotland are asked to trust that they will keep to their word, and that they will deliver something which is acceptable to the people of Scotland, but we are not allowed to know what that something entails, nor when it would be implemented?
We are being asked to bet on a blind hand against the cards we can see in front of us. Its a bit like that looney game show Noel Edmonds hosts where we are looking at a box which may contain the jackpot or equally it may contain a measly £1 .
The decision we have to make requires much more examination and respect than that!
On the other hand the SNP are beginning to confuse me. What is it that they are proposing exactly?
So far it would appear that they are punting an enhanced Social Union.
They say they want to retain the Queen and the whole Royal shebang, which I assume means retaining Royal patronage, Lords and such like?
They say that they want to remain in the European Union, I think?
They say they want to share Sterling but in doing so would be dependent on the Bank of England setting the rates.
They seem to be suggesting sharing Defense with the rUK and having a small Scottish Defense force.
In short, they seem to be suggesting Independence Lite. Having sole autonomy in some areas, and sharing responsibility for others.
I can only say that they seem to be, because they haven’t as yet clearly set out their objectives. This is their prerogative, and it is their timescale to follow, but they will have to clearly answer all the questions we have, sooner rather than later.
Personally, I want Full Independence.
I don’t want Royalty, I want a Scottish Currency after a set time to allow the mechanisms to be put in place. I want no decision on Europe until we have settled the Independence issue, for that is a major decision on its own. I feel there is an argument for being in Europe but following Norways route of being independent of Europe and paying for shared resources and having separate agreements. But it is open for discussion on what our best course should be.
As far as defence is concerned, I would take our 10% share of the UK forces and go with that, and come to mutual agreements and understandings but be entirely free to make our own decisions.
I know I am not going to get what I want, because the SNP are not standing on the same ground as me, but short of what I want to see, I do want to see them propose more than they currently are.
If we are faced with clear choices, we can better make Clear decisions.
The other talking group of Civic Scotland, are doing just that, talking. One of their group has already separated out, in the shape of Reform Scotland, who are the driving force behind the insipid Devo Plus. The others are not saying much yet.
But as I have been asking, where is the people voice in all this. I dont mean Civic Scotland, I don’t mean the politicians, I don’t mean the media or commentators. I mean ordinary people!
What have we got say about it all? Are we to be forever left chattering on facebook groups? So far it looks like it. Yet it is us who must decide, so let us engage in an open positive way.