We may fool ourselves
in Scotland that we are living in a democracy but we need only observe the
world around us to understand that there is a great danger that soon this will
no longer be true.
It was just about alright under Alex Salmond who was
reasonably benign in his immediate actions, if less so in his longer-term
nationalistic ambitions. However his dictatorial side manifested itself
particularly in his foolish and uninformed pursuit of alternative energy, covering
our countryside in windmills regardless of the cost or the consequences.
I really don’t want to denigrate our tribunes of the people, but I do
despair that half the time they don’t understand what they do…
In my opinion, one of the ways of connecting the population with those
who would govern them is to go back to the principle of a smaller society, not
the big society that Cameron so naively proposed. We need a geographic
connection between the governors and the governed; those in charge must be directly
answerable to the electorate. You want those who provide services to do so
Looking back over the past weeks and gathering my thoughts about the
referendum campaign, I try to marshal some of the feelings, reactions and
thoughts that have created in me such a profound depression.
I guess the second “debate” was the principal catalyst for depression.
Oh, what a fifth rate war we had - two shouty men - and an audience
with a cumulative IQ of 90. That really summed up everything for me.
Who won? Who cares?
On second thoughts, perhaps those of us who still are capable of
impartial thought could salvage something from the aftermath of this public