“So they’ll ask their friends who are Yes: about the pound, the EU, pensions, jobs, the budget. And every single one of them will be able to answer them. The First Minister left these questions for the people to answer. Because as he well knows, this is not about Alex Salmond, or the SNP – this is about the people of Scotland. It will not be Alex Salmond who convinces the unconvinced that we’ll be using the pound – it will be the people. It will not be the SNP who will prove we will remain EU citizens – it will be the electorate. And it will not be up to the Yes campaign to engage with the issues which matter to the undecided, but the people who know them best – their friends, family, acquaintances.”
The Alex Salmond – Alistair Darling debate has been and gone. I foresee that there will be much discussion of everything said, analysis, cross-examination, and whatnot. Already the Reverend, Paul Kavanagh and James Kelly have their thoughts up (as well as a time-travelling Peat Worrier), and to be frank, I don’t think there’s much point in me going through all the motions.
But here’s the problem: we’re still letting the UK government dictate the narrative. They set the agenda. The main points of debate, according to them, are:
These issues, so it seems, are the most important in the entire debate on Scottish independence. The only things which people care about.
None of those things are some of the ten reasons I’m voting Yes – why were none of my reasons discussed at in any detail at all?
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