As Independence Day nears in Scotland and Catalonia, their national governments, the media and the EU have warned of the dire consequences of Independence. However, Project Fear, as it is called by the pro-independent supporters, seems to have had the opposite effect on floating voters.
According to the Scotland on Survey newspaper which commissioned a survey, “37% of people will vote yes in the referendum, while 44% will vote no. .A further 19% of voters said they do not know how they will vote. The poll was conducted by ICM between January 21 and 24, surveying over 1,000 people over 16. .”
Compare this with 40% for yes, and 60% for no in the September 2013 poll, and we can see a significant rise for the ‘yes’ vote, or the ‘ayes’ as many call it. .
Meanwhile in Catalonia, the ‘yes’ vote has gone from 42.9 % in 2011 to 54% in the last quarter of 2013. This has increased dramatically since the PP took the helm of government. However, the Spanish government have refused to allow elections on Independence, which spells disaster for unity within the country. This future clash, reminiscent of the Civil War which pitted Catalonia and other regions of Spain against the Franco, Dictatorship, could result in disaster for both Catalonia and Spain in general. However, if democracy is allowed to flourish, then the vote will be the only weapon used.
I hope no bloodshed will mar this election.
Ironically, there are voters like me who cannot vote in the Scottish elections as I live in Spain. However, I might have the opportunity to vote in the Catalan elections.
A recent YOUGOV has poll put the YES vote at 51% and the NO vote at 49%. Reeling from the sudden upsurge in the YES vote, the government have introduced DEVOMAX as an alternative. Devomax, or Full fiscal autonomy (sometimes referred to as devolution max,[ devo-max, fiscal federalism, independence lite, or independence-minus, is a particular form of far-reaching devilution proposed for Scotland. The term has come to describe a constitutional arrangement in which instead of receiving a block grant from the UK Exchequer as at present, the Scottish Parliament would receive all taxation levied in Scotland. It would be responsible for most spending in Scotland, but would make payments to the UK Government to cover Scotland’s share of the cost of providing certain UK-wide services, including, at a minimum, defence and the conduct of foreign relations. Scottish fiscal autonomy, stopping short of full political independence, is usually promoted by advocates of a federal or confederal constitution for the United Kingdom.
After so many scare stories in the media, widely- known as Project Fear, many feel the offer has come too late to turn back now. The very fact that this is on offer now, means the Government has seen the writing on the wall and fear Scotland will vote for independence.
Whatever happens in these elections, let’s look at what Burns wrote.
A Man’s a Man For A’ That
Then let us pray that come it may,
(As come it will for a’ that,)
That Sense and Worth, o’er a’ the earth,
Shall bear the gree, an’ a’ that.
For a’ that,an’ a’ that,
It’s coming yet for a’ that,
That Man to Man, the world o’er,
Shall brothers be for a that.
Here’s some fiction to read if you have time.
THE HAPPY CAT’S DETECTIVE – http://goo.gl/fVcIo8
THE HAPPY CAT’S OME MSYTERIES – http://goo.gl/PYRR1D
EASY PREY – http://goo.gl/5CQKRI
GONE ASTRAY – http://goo.gl/spvg3E