Differences in style
The NO campaign for the referendum on Scottish Independence launched recently, it seemed a fairly decent attempt at projecting the view of those in favour of the Union.
I’ll admit I am a supporter of the Union; I’m far from convinced by the arguments for Scotland leaving the UK, but that aside the two launches were polls apart not only in political stance, stating the obvious there, but also in presentational style.
The YES vote launch was very slick, with endorsements from Celebs, and an attempt to make the point that this was a cross party initiative and not just about the SNP.
Firstly the use of celebs, is this a good tactic? I’m not sure about that, is an actor’s views on this more valid than anyone else’s, especially an actor who is not even a resident in this country. It’s a bit like Bono telling us what to do with World debt, folk think “Stick to singing wee man”. Is this another example of First Minister Salmonds fascination with the rich and famous?
Secondly cross party support, well we had the SNP, the Greens & the SSP, cross party, well yes I suppose so, but hardly a reflection of the wide range of political views in Scotland, do the SSP have any elected representatives in Scotland?
On the other hand the NO campaign featured ordinary people during their launch, mind you where do you find these ordinary folk, party members perhaps, or is that the cynic in me? Anyway that sort of approach has more appeal for me, people who actually live in Scotland who will be directly affected by the outcome giving their opinion, not someone based in New York.
As for a wide range of political views, well Labour, Tory & Lib Dems, seems a fair cross section of views there.
Anyway with over two years of campaigning ahead there’s one thing for sure, at the end of it irrespective of the result, Scotland will need a break from politicians, sadly that’s one outcome I do already know, we’ll never be free of them!