Referendum update

Referendum update

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Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.

So said Benjamin Franklin in 1789 but his words seem apt for the continuing debate over our forthcoming referendum on independence with campaigners from both sides throwing the ‘uncertainty’ card into the mix.

For our own part we published Professor Leslie Young’s phase 1 analysis on the currency issue. Professor Young is both eminent and, certainly in our view, unimpeachable and has no side in the debate. His analysis cast serious doubt on the advice given by the Permanent Secretary of HM Treasury to Ministers on the idea of a currency union.
Click here to read the full analysis in pdf format (or click here to view MS Word doc version).

His paper also highlighted a range of issues that should be a concern to both sides of the debate…

To be clear this was an independent analysis that we commissioned but did not in any way influence. Hence for those in the chattering classes suggesting it shows our underlying Nationalistic tendencies you are 100% wrong – we take no side in this debate.

Had this report blown the entire case for a Yes vote out of the water we would have similarly published it. By way of reminder our only aim is to help provide independent analysis of the issues facing voters in making their decision at the polls; we make no judgement as to how that evidence is then viewed and interpreted.

Returning to Mr. Franklin’s wise words, Scottish Financial Enterprise published its analysis citing, yes you guessed it ‘uncertainty’
http://www.sfe.org.uk/uploads/independencebrief.pdf

Countering that position was former chairman and chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland (pre-meltdown) and a number of other financial notables who argued a Yes vote would bring significant opportunities for growth
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/ec7c7114-b4f4-11e3-af92-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=uk#axzz2xBDT8pmo

Surrealism also entered the fray with Kermit the Frog, no that’s not a typo, entering the fray to pronounce his preference for the Union
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/mar/25/kermit-the-frog-scottish-independence

He also noted Miss Piggy may be up for Queen of Scotland… Someone somewhere was pulling some strings…

Googling for Kermit’s top quotations you find this revealing quotation:

Here’s some simple advice: always be yourself. Never take yourself too seriously. And beware of advice from experts, pigs and members of Parliament.

To more serious matters the latest TNS poll revealed that 30% of Scots have still to make up their minds on whether to vote yes or no…
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/third-scots-still-not-know-3279710

And in the main they need more evidence from both sides of the debate.

For the final word, aptly about polling and pollsters, we pass over to Tony Benn (1925 – 2014) who’s funeral took place this week:

I did not enter the Labour Party 47 years ago to have our manifesto written by Dr Mori, Dr Gallup and Mr Harris

On a lighter note he also said of the media demonization of him;

If I rescued a child from drowning, the press would no doubt headline the story: ‘Benn grabs child’

May he rest in peace.

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