Different times

The Herald describes #indyref2 as a “repeat vote”. This, as we would expect, is to totally misunderstand the situation. The coming independence referendum will not be a rerun of the 2014 vote. It will be an entirely new poll addressing a dramatically altered set of circumstances.

The Herald also states that Brexit was cited by the Scottish Government as a “trigger” for a second independence referendum. This too is quite wrong. It was the media that used the term “trigger”. Nicola Sturgeon merely mentioned Scotland being dragged out of the EU against the will of the people as one factor which might be taken into consideration.

Arguably even more significant than Brexit, in terms of the changed circumstances which make another referendum necessary is the fact that pretty much everything Better Together/Project Fear said last time has been shown to be worthless. It is now absolutely established that the No vote in 2014 was won with lies, vacuous scare-mongering and empty promises. Voters are unquestionably entitled to revisit a choice made on the basis of such a false prospectus.

We will have another referendum – a NEW referendum – in part, because the UK we voted to remain part of has ceased to exist. In part, because Scotland has also been changed by knowledge of the deception perpetrated by British nationalists. But mostly because it is our undeniable democratic right to determine the constitutional status of our nation and the form of our government.


About Peter A Bell

Thinker. Listener. Talker. Reader. Writer. None of my attitudes are immutable. None of my conclusions are final. None of my opinions are humble.
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