Tuesday, 17 January 2012

What is positive?

Whether or not you are a fan of his, or a fan of the beliefs he espouses, Alan Bissett's contribution to the debate is well worth listening to. It can be found here. Admittedly, to me this  an articulate version of the cloying ''I'm dead Scottish'' attitude that always makes me cringe.The reaction to this is telling. Plenty of Scottish Nationalists have posted this on their Facebook pages or on Twitter feeds saying that this ''sums everything up'' or similar. Really? It says everything he is against and nothing he is for (presumably the opposite of everything he is against but politics doesn't really work like that - or it shouldn't). I thought this was odd. 

Saturday, 14 January 2012

To our tale....

Presuming the current wrangling and chicanery comes to an end, we will have some form of referendum in some time of autumn 2014.

The exact nature of that referendum - will it be two-option, will it be three-option, how will it be worded, who will get to vote and so forth - will be battered out over the next weeks and months. It is right and proper these things are discussed. There are good arguments (for both sides) for having a three-option referendum. There are good arguments (for both sides) for having a two-option referendum.

At this moment, I think I'd be keen to have a two-option referendum but I can see the argument both ways and may return to this subject at some point in the future.

I have set up this blog - a spin-off from the football blog Left Back In The Changing Room - because I am a politics junkie as well as a football geek.  This blog will examine the various issues of debate which I am sure will happen over the next two and a half years.

I do not intend to blog massively frequently but will do from time to time. My sports blog will continue to be my first love but I will occasionally analyse issues pertaining to the independence debate.

I am a unionist - in the sense that I think that the Scots, and the other people of these islands, would be better continuing with the Union that is the United Kingdom. If you are not a unionist, or you haven't made up your mind, you are more than welcome here. Maybe you'll be persuaded either way by myself or in the comments. Welcome aboard!