The White Paper on Independence is due out tomorrow. Because the SNP have no respect for Scotland’s Parliament, it’s to be launched in the Science Centre in Glasgow. After all, launching the Yes Campaign in a dimly lit auditorium worked so well….
Blair Jenkins writes at Yes Scotland:
Large numbers of people have yet to decide how they will vote in next September’s referendum – and for many this is the moment they have been waiting for.
At Yes Scotland, we know from our own detailed research that the more people hear the independence arguments, the more attracted they are to that option.
I wouldn’t expect Blair Jenkins to acknowledge this (I think the “detailed research” he refers is the surveys carried out by Brandwatch for Yes Scotland discussed here) but the most effective campaigners for a Yes vote in 2014 aren’t anyone in the SNP or in Yes Scotland: they’re David Cameron, Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband, et al.
For example: The NHS in Scotland still works, more or less, because it has not been subjected to the attacks on it by the Conservative/LibDem government to the same extent. No one has any confidence that Labour will reverse what the Tories and LibDems have done to the NHS, especially as the changes began with New Labour. This is not a positive argument for independence, it’s not an argument Yes Scotland are making: it’s not even a particularly sound argument, since there’s no committment made by the SNP or Yes Scotland that the NHS will be better in an independent Scotland: it’s stark fear. We need the NHS: we like the NHS: the Tories and LibDems are systematically destroying the NHS: Labour is not making any committments to refound the NHS on Beveridge principles: we have the option to escape. Should we take it? It could be out of the frying pan into the fire. We don’t know.
I am looking forward to reading the White Paper, and I do intend to blog about it. I remain undecided…
And of course it will be interesting to see if they manage to have a speaker lineup on the launch that is somewhat less stale, male, and pale than the speaker lineup at the last….