Firstly, before I begin to proceed with this article, may I thank those who have been sending me messages of concern, both publicly and by private correspondence, about my recent silence and lack of articles and commentary.
Yes, I am perfectly fine and in decent health, so no worries there. But thanks for your kind thoughts, they have been very much appreciated.
I have merely been very flat, feeling somewhat disillusioned, and indeed very unhappy with the YES campaign. I wont say why, or give any further reason for this state of mind or affairs at present. However, I will say that certain matters really brought my enthusiasm to a very low point indeed, and to be frank, I am still not in a good frame of mind for writing. Who would have thought that what is meant to be a positive campaign, should have such a negative effect, and produce the exact opposite reaction to what it is endeavouring to achieve?
However, I shall say no more about these turn of events at present, there are far more important matters at foot today.
I had been anticipating, as I am sure many of you were also, the report of the electoral commission on the proposed question to be put in the referendum.
Certainly, given the way that the anti-independence mob had been braying on for weeks, demanding that the Scottish Government must agree to its findings, and also the leaks which had been coming out in all the unionist papers this week, I didn’t hold out much hope for it to be anything positive from my point of view.
But the day has finally arrived, and the findings are out.
Not unsurprisingly given all of the above, they did not agree with the proposed question ” Do you agree that Scotland should be an Independent country?”
They felt that the use of the words ” Do you agree” could possibly lead to people being led to answer in the affirmative instinctively.
Instead they have proposed the following form, ” Should Scotland be an Independent Country?”
from the responses I have seen from the Scottish Government and the YES campaign to this news today so far, they are both happy to accept this wording.
They also took a look at the proposals from the Scottish Government to limit both campaigns to a limit of £1.3million in the run up to the referendum, and they disagreed with this too,and instead suggested a limit of £1.5million for each campaign.
so not too far out from the Scottish Governments suggestion, and also quickly agreed by both the Scottish Government and the YES campaign.
So I think we can safely say now, that the following question “Should Scotland be an Independent Country?” will be the one we will see on the referendum paper.
Even without the words, “Do you agree” not being permitted, It is basically the same form of question, and for the life of me, I cannot see how anyone could answer anything but YES to that question?
Should Scotland be an Independent Country? NO
What do you mean NO?
You don’t want Scotland to have the rights that people and Countries throughout the world take for granted as their right?
You, yourself don’t want to be Independent? You want someone to make all your choices and decisions for you? Are you stark raving barking mad? Or do you want to have mummy and daddy make all your decisions in life for you for ever?
Awa and bile your heid and sober up for gods sakes!!!
Come back when you have really thought this through!
Should Scotland be an Independent Country? Yes….Damned right It should be!!
I am now away for another lie down….I wont be back for a wee while yet, but no worries..I am fine :)
Meanwhile for those who want to read the Electoral Commissions full findings…