It is not my profession, but regularly to keep fit I do some store merchandising and shop fitting.
Why do I mention this? Simply to relate a little antidote from my travels.
Pre the 2014 #Indyref I had been away with a bunch of scots blokes to do a refit somewhere in England. The subject of the referendum barely raised its head, the guys were far more interested in talking about the footie than any referendum.
On the one occasion that I did hear them discuss it, they to a man said that they would be voting NO, and I assume that is exactly what they did.
Over the past 10 days I have been in the English midlands with 10 of these blokes, fitting out a brand new store. On this occasion, there was the usual footie talk, but intermingled with it was lots of talk about a new referendum, and they had certainly been doing their homework on it. But what is more, to a man they were All going to vote YES this time, and they were extremely determined in that opinion.
What changed their minds? I really couldn’t say to be exact, there wasn’t one thing that particularly stood out, but more a whole variety of reasons.
Individually they had been having discussions with their friends, and they had been doing their homework.
Now these guys range in age from 26 to 60, and all come from different backgrounds.
If there was one feeling these mostly former labour voters had in common, it was utter disillusionment with Labour, Westminster, and outrage over what was being done to the working man, the poor, the unemployed, the disabled, by successive Westminster governments which did not at all reflect their values.
The other being that they no longer believed the lies being spun by unionist British nationalists.
They felt that Scotland had not only been ripped off by the Vow and such like, but had been ripped off for the duration that Scotland had been in the Union.
They had more than their fill of the Tories, Labour, UKIP, and the LibDems, who they considered to be utter shysters. It was time that Scotland grew a pair, and stood up to be counted.
The language often used was somewhat more robust than that, and I really couldn’t repeat much of what they said and keep this article within the bounds of polite language.
They were Angry, they are determined, and this time… they will vote differently.
!0 NO’s have turned into 10 determined YES’s , and they are taking no Bullshit from the Media or the Unionist Press or the Unionist politicians..
No to YES…. requires engagement, discussion, comparisons and bloody determination..
The rabidly fixated Unionists will never budge, but the working man and woman with no axe to grind on that score…are all there for the persuading… Talk to them wherever you meet them…
NO WILL BECOME YES come the time and day.