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A Date with Destiny. In The Garage?

18/09/14

It is I suppose as good as any for a date with destiny.

Actually that reminds me of one of Kevin Bridges’ routines where he speaks about a girl called Destiny, named after the night club where she was conceived. Her brother is apparently called The Garage.

One of my favourite Bridges lines is “Locally I can catch a bus……from Clydebank…………to Easterhouse……….via……….Drumchapel. It’s as if somebody drawing up the timetable decided that the journey wasn’t quite mental enough”.

Which brings me to the referendum and the 16 week journey from May to September 2014…..via Edinburgh, London and Brussels. I have a feeling that in terms of the nastiness and negative campaigning traditional in elections, it will be out there on the margins.

Windae hinger Johann Lamont got off to a blazing start to the ‘kid on’ campaign yesterday. When I hear her she just sounds like a wee wummin in a queue at the fishmongers complaining about council workmen or that Mrs McGlumpher up the road and her man who hasnae worked for ten years.

Eck though is ‘pompous’ apparently and she definitely has a point there.

Patrick Harvie meanwhile criticises the whole debate for focussing on economics and finance rather than social justice.

I wonder how many people placing their cross next September will have social justice uppermost in their minds?

Largely it will be decided by what happens to the economy here and the unfolding catastrophe in the Eurozone/EU. Events this week might make even the most pro independence voter think about how the EU regards small member nations in trouble as opposed to larger ones.

No one can predict with any clarity what precisely is going to happen in the run up to the referendum but it is not easy to envisage a European/British economic recovery any time soon.

All of which adds up to what looks like a lost cause for the yes campaign and it is very difficult to see how that will turn around. People won’t, I think, vote for such a massive constitutional change in the midst of continent wide economic downturn.

One small country, Iceland, has managed a fairly miraculous economic recovery, but then they have control over their own financial and economic affairs.

As yet that isn’t an option in this referendum.

Scotland’s destiny is in the garage.

We’ll never have our own hoose I doot.

But deciding which garage(s) we park in and the four month long driveway to it, is going to be mental.

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4 Responses

  1. “the four month long driveway to it”
    Sixteen months isn’t it, Rab?

  2. The official campaign period is sixteen weeks and begins in May 2014 Jack.

  3. ‘All of which adds up to what looks like a lost cause for the yes campaign’

    Piffle.

    A 5% swing, according to the latest survey, will have us neck and neck with ‘Better together.

    Where will ‘Yes’ be in say a years time?

    • It’s difficult to predict David but the prevailing economic situation will be the guide. Any dramatic change in that looks unlikely.

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