I dislike the acronym that could come into play if Scotland voted for independence; this, more than any other element of the charade, disturbs me. I do not wish to live in the Former UK.
When one hears Salmond and the Scottish National Party intone on these matters, there is a hint of complacency. They took a literal view of the Scottish electorate. If you are voting for a Scottish Nationalist party, then you are voting for a positive vote in the forthcoming referendum. The party could not shake its single issue mentality: focusing on independence at a time of economic upheaval and forfeiting trust in their governance. (An example of their complacency is lowering the voting age to 16 in the belief that teenagers are more inclined to support independence. An assumption not borne out by the polls). Parallels with the Tory focus on Europe at a distraction to the greater worries of the economy or health have surely preyed on the mind of the Scottish voter.
The SNP has difficulties in explaining why the risk of independence is worth taking. Instead of governance, questions now focus on how matters will be undertaken in a separate country. The Scottish administration states that everything will be fine and assumes that the rest of the UK will sign for their package withoutr preconditions. Hmmm....Fears of change are becoming entangled with everyday questions of performance. The Scottish voter: Why should we vote for you if you can't solve skoolzanhospitals because you are too busy dreaming of a future with more capability to boss us around
Can they square this circle?