posted on Aug, 14 2007 @ 07:03 AM
For your reference, the SNP's white paper can be found here.
Scotland's SNP government has set out its plans for a referendum on independence, despite opposition from other main political parties.
Launching a "national conversation", First Minister Alex Salmond said "no change was no longer an option".
The SNP leader said the white paper set out the "full range of options" which would be debated.
Labour, Tories and Lib Dems, who hold a majority in the Scottish Parliament, have united to oppose independence.
In a broad, 40-page document, Mr Salmond set out the case for a ballot on independence, while saying he was "open-minded" on alternative opinions.
As much as I think he's a great politician (there aren't many people who can get people to ignore facts, reason and history in favour of emotions
and nationalism) I loathe his politics.
All this does is throw up more questions.
Aren't there more pressing issues to deal with? Why hasn't there been a number of full studies exploring Scottish independence and its implications
(using scientific methods)? Why the rush? Why is no change "no longer an option"? That's not very democratic.
Essentially, Salmond's idea is a card trick under the guise of a debate. Whichever option you pick, it's the one he wants you to choose. All
ultimately lead down the same path. Why not give people the chance to keep the current devolution settlement? Or reduce devolution? Or even abolish it
altogether if that's what they want.
This man is trying to swindle Scotland into accepting his views, and I find that very, very concerning. The SNP no longer have any right to complain
about others being 'undemocratic' or 'spinning'.
[edit on 14/8/07 by Ste2652]