Monday, 16 January 2012

Referenda questions...

A couple of thoughts on the Scottish referendum.

Firstly, this referendum so changes the game throughout the union that it must be put to every voter no matter where they live. It must be a fully national referendum providing a definitive answer to a profound question.

And secondly the question of Devo-max should be put, but not as an alternative - a stepping stone to independence - as Salmond would wish.

The principal question - independence, yes or no - is the important one. But a choice between devo-max or the current level of devolution should be put to those who vote against independence as a secondary question. That way it is not posed as an alternative to independence, but fully recognised as an important choice of degree to those who support the union.