In response to your request from No voters about how we think and feel now.
A little brassed off with it all, if I’m being honest. Post-referendum Scotland strikes me as a country refusing to learn the lessons of the last 2 years. We were lied to. Yes by Westminster, but we know that’s the nature of Westminster politics and the media who report it. For the avoidance of doubt, and before anyone puts words in my mouth, the “but” in that previous sentence does not mean I’m happy about it. At all.
What drove me crackers all through the referendum debate, and still does, is the point blank obstinate refusal by Yes voters in general, and SNP voters in particular, to apply the same standards to Holyrood as they are so happy to angrily apply to Westminster. Salmond, Swinney and the Yes entourage were lying to us as well. Bare faced, through their teeth, every day a new spin on the same old lies…. and yet. And yet not once have we seen them called to account for it.
I voted No for one simple reason: absolutely nothing I saw in either their words or their actions told me that the SNP were interested in genuine meaningful change. They haven’t spent their time in Govt trying to pass laws and regulations dedicated to improving the lives of Scottish people only to be stymied by the evil narcissists of Westminster. The SNP have been lying, spinning and/or standing idly by watching while we get on with things as best we can, and all their efforts go into trying together to blame Westminster for all the ills of the world while simultaneously patting themselves on the back for anything good that happens.
They can’t have it both ways. And if Scotland is going to be the successful country we all want it to be, independent or otherwise, that needs to start with honesty. We aren’t getting that from our Govts, be they based in London or Edinburgh, and we didn’t get it from either campaign during the referendum. I’m not going to vote for the biggest political, bureaucratic, administrative and social change in the country’s history based on a pack of lies. I’m not going to vote for the undeniable hard times that would follow a Yes vote without knowing that I can trust those who have asked for my trust.
It’s nothing to do with fear. There will be those angry and disappointed Yes voters who stand at the side chanting “scaredy cat scaredy cat”, just as they did during the referendum. Keep it up kids, you’re putting a smile on my face, just as the pupils I teach do when they try and fail to act like grown-ups. For any serious person who wants to understand what they can do to get my vote at the next Indy-ref I’d say this: give me a balanced objective description of why I should vote with you. The Yes campaign failed, utterly and completely, to do this. Again, to avoid doubt, this isn’t a binary world and saying that the Yes campaign failed to do this is not in any way saying the No campaign managed it (and that, in itself, isn’t a way of saying the No camp didn’t manage it either!). The Yes camp wanted me to vote for unprecedented change, and it was up to them to demonstrate why I should trust them.
They failed, and now instead of constantly harping on about it, they should belt-up, learn some lessons, and let the country get itself back together.