As I am about to head off on a weeks R&R today, and I wont be making any fresh posts during that time.
I thought I would leave you with a little thought.
After almost daily Howls for over a year from the Unionists, screaming that they were demanding the Scottish Government call a Referendum, the sooner the better. This week we heard Dave the Tory saying he was not fussed when the Referendum was held.
Followed yesterday by his dutiful LibDem Scottish Secretary lapdog Moore about facing rapidly at the call of his Masters voice, and proclaiming that the date of the Referendum was no barrier to agreement.
Couple the above with the Tory Lord Fraser speaking in support of an Independent Scotland in a forthcoming debate for a newspaper,concluding that Scottish Independence is now inevitable, and even Thatchers Dark Lord Micky Forsythe admitting on radio that it may be for the best after all, given that some of his senior English Tory colleagues are quietly expressing the view that they would be happier if Scotland left. We are left looking at something that resembles a slow retreat by the Tories.
Of course this may all be a bluff on their part, but It wouldn’t surprise me one bit that come Autumn 2014, they will already be entering into back room negotiations over the division of the spoils.
One thing for sure, is that their concession over the timing of the Referendum, leaves the Scottish Government having won another round of the phony war.
Still up for grabs is the issue of how many questions will be on the ballot paper. I suspect that the Unionists will be able to claim victory on this one. There will only be One question.
Neither they nor the SNP want a Devo MaxPlus option, so none will be provided. Nor could there be one provided. Any vote over increased powers short of Independence would have to be voted on and agreed by all people of the UK, not only Scots.
The vote at 16 question may be a red herring, and it has simply served as a bargaining chip against the question of the wording of the question, much as multi question chip could be placed against the timing question for leverage.
The Consultation exercise of Both Governments have now been concluded.
So from now on in, we are into the presentation of arguments stage.
The SNP will be kicking off with their campaign to persuade and enlighten the people of Scotland in short order, probably within the next two weeks.
The phony war is almost over, the real battle for hearts and minds begins now.