Thursday, 17 May 2012
The Scottish Tories Could Be The Independence Referendum Catalysts
The campaign to win Scottish independence will be launched on 25 May.
In the past few months I've been asked several times if I think the pro-independence side will win. I've ducked the answer but think it's time I gave my opinion.
I've no wish to be a doom-monger but my feeling is that no, I don't think we will win. Not this time, sadly, but I know the Yes campaign will give it all it's got. We will win eventually and I hope in my lifetime. It takes time for those not interested in political machinations to discover and consider the true facts and that will take longer than a couple of years.
Peter Fraser, the former Angus MP now commonly known as Lord Fraser of Carmyllie, conceded the 'inevitability' of Scottish independence this week. He was right. It is inevitable. He also said: " ... while the SNP might not win the referendum in 2014, the issue would not disappear following a defeat. It will just go on and on until the electorate are ground down into voting for it."
It's a wee bit of an insult to say that people will be 'ground down' rather than become aware, but perhaps I'm being pedantic.
I suspect there are many Scottish tories who feel like Lord Fraser because I know quite a few who will vote Yes in 2014, but will other Scottish tories be brave enough to say Yes in 2014? These tories could well be the voters who decide if the answer is Yes or No in 2014.