Alex Salmond’s three questions for the SNP’s proposed referendum.


The Scotsman today headlined Alex Salmond’s three questions for the SNP’s proposed referendum. The suggestion is that the questions asked are, more powers to the devolved parliament, the status quo or total independence, the questions to be numbered one two three according to preference. Mathematically this could create a situation where a less than 50% vote would give Scotland independence, in other words a second choice could prevail. While this system of proportional representation is acceptable to the Conservative Labour and Liberal parties for parliamentary elections and indeed council elections these three parties are up in arms and in fact have called this suggestion unconstitutional. Once again I find myself seriously annoyed at the way our politicians play with and spin any and all proposals they disagree with or which go against their particular parties stand on any issue. Do they really believe that the people, that’s us, are so shallow, stupid or uninterested that we are unable to see through these machinations.

While the three main Scottish opposition parties huddled down in Westminster at their Constitutional Convention to which apparently the elected government of Scotland is not invited they should perhaps ask themselves if they are so convinced that the Scottish people to not want independence, why then are they unwilling to support a referendum on Scottish independence.

Independence is not a black and white question for many people in Scotland I think most Scots are still undecided (confused). Without an informed and honest debate free of the fog of spin it will be very difficult to come to a decision based on the realities of the situation. Unfortunately many of our politicians seem happy to shroud and sensationalised the issues for reasons that appear to have nothing to do with Scotland’s future. The one certainty is that Alex Salmond has now opened the debate and appears tactically to have put the SNP in a strong position.

While reading the comments on the Scotsman website following this article, it became very apparent that great number of people who believe their comments are worth posting have not taken the time to do much research. Had they bothered to look at the latest polls it would have been apparent that the SNP’s popularity is in fact growing both at Westminster and in Scotland. This may explain the reactions of the three main opposition parties to Mr Salmond’s suggestion for the referendum.

The Sunday Times of March 16, 2008 published a poll that projected, were an election to be held which brought in the same percentages the SNP would have 57 seats at Holyrood 44 for Labour 16 for the Tories and 12 for the Liberal Democrats, this equates to a rise of six points, to 39%, for the SNP.

Interestingly this week and again in the Sunday Times a new poll projected Labour and the SNP would be on a 34 per cent each of the Scottish vote for Westminster seats this would give the SNP 15 seats at Westminster and Labour 34. Should that become a reality Labour would lose its 50 year lead in Scotland and perhaps that’s as good a reason as any to oppose the SNP at every step. It appears that Labour is more interested in the future of the Labour Party than in the future of Scotland, and no we’re not in the least bit surprised.

It may be worth noting that on the Mondays following these polls any mention of them in the Scotsman was buried in page 5/6 underlining their anti-SNP bias. Perhaps it is time the Scotsman to change its name to the Unionist.

The Scotsman article and comments link.

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