I watched it last night. I listened again in bed this morning before getting up for work. I listened again to it this afternoon while typing emails. It was billed as being that important. Three times last nights debate between Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond has played through my mind so important is the vote now only six weeks away. Scottish Independence is coming up to be voted upon and am I closer to a choice. Am I closer to a decision based on rational arguments, evidence and calm debate through answering questions from a studio audience? Simply put no I am not.
In a ninety minute exchange the two representatives of the YES and the NO campaigns put forward their cases or rather they repeated the same waffle without concrete facts that I have been hearing for months. Over all I thought that Alastair Darling came out on top but that was mainly due to Salmond’s personal attacks upon him and childish rhetoric rather than any other reason. Honestly it is starting to make me sad. I have been avoiding posting on this subject waiting for something vital that I could point to and run with to voting day…but it has not come.
An in depth look at the debate can be seen HERE on the BBC website for news. Its worth reading but the debate is not worth watching in full. I am likely to believe anyone who can actually prove, prove mind not tell, me what will happen. The truth…I think no one actually knows what will happen.
My own opinion at this moment? Well despite the excellent result of the 2014 Commonwealth Games for Glasgow and the fun it inflicted on those trying to work about these parts there is no swell of feeling for separation and I think that on the day the result will be a majority return of NO. That is unless something radically changes soon. I have yet to make up my own mind as it is on 6th August 2014.