In my last post – Another Scoot Round Scotland – I did not mention the topic which was on everyone’s lips when we were there on our recent holiday.
The Independence Referendum has certainly got folk talking and the level of political debate has been higher than I can ever remember in the twenty-five years or so that I was active politically in Scotland and that period included the Devolution Campaign. This can only be a good thing of course and it is to be hoped that the momentum created will continue, whatever the result on September 18.
In a post on this Blog much earlier in the year, I made no secret of where my sympathies lie. They have not changed. At the time, I said:
Whilst it is clear that views are strongly held on both sides of the debate, for me there is much regret that many ‘good’ socialists are ditching their internationalist heritage and jumping on the nationalist bandwagon. As happened in both World Wars I think it is particularly unfortunate and somewhat disturbing that once again the perceived national interest seems to count for more than international solidarity.
Looking forward, another unwelcome aspect is the likely closeness of the result. Whoever wins, will they respect the result or are we in for endless argument?
In this context, I have just watched a video clip on Facebook which I think needs to be viewed by anyone considering voting ‘Yes’. I accept that it has been put together by ‘Better Together’ but the fact remains that Jim Murphy (not a man for whom I have a great liking by the way) has had to suspend his tour of Scotland because of systematic disruption, orchestrated by the ‘Yes’ Campaign, which seeks not just to silence him but anyone attending his rallies.
Good old-fashioned heckling is fine of course but this goes way beyond anything which should be acceptable in civilised political debate. In my view, the content of this video should disgust anyone who believes in democracy and if this is the Scotland that is promised by the ‘Yes’ campaign, then should they win I think it will be a sad day for democratic politics. Let the issues be debated!
Here’s the link: http://vimeo.com/104844421
Please watch it.
As before, these are my views and they are not necessarily shared by Sheila.