Saturday, 23 March 2013

18th September 2014 is Scots Referendum Day

So, 3 months after the Commonwealth games in Glasgow, and the 700th Anniversary of Bannockburn the Scottish independence referendum will be held on 18 September 2014.
Voters will be asked the yes/no question, "Should Scotland be an independent country?"
Mercifully, Alex Salmond will have a tough job winning. The Nationalist policy of "Independence in Europe", which held that a small country such as Scotland would prosper in the supposedly vibrant, forward-looking, optimistic union of the future (the EU), now looks rather unconvincing. How is it working out for Cyprus?
Salmond may have overreached himself this time and overestimated the appetite for separation. He certainly never intended to be asking his countrymen this question in the aftermath of a global financial crisis which wrecked what he used to describe as the "arc of prosperity". He saw it stretching from Dublin, to Iceland and. Norway, taking in Scotland on the way. This is more of a wavy line than an arc when you think about it.
But still the referendum could be close
I shall be going north this summer to make the case against Scottish independence.
We are better off together.