I have come in for a bit of flak today (and a few -- but rather fewer -- pats on the back) for signing THAT LETTER about the Scottish referendum.
Let me say that I am usually not a great signer of round robins or on-line petitions (I admit that have seen them work but I still have a slightly puritanical view that it is a rather "no effort" way of getting your point across). So why did I make an exception?
The truth is that I have been feeling very ambivalent about the referendum discussion. On the one hand, I have winced every time Cameron et al have put their oar in to the debate, to urge the Scots to vote NO. It has always sounded condescending and -- to be honest -- would have sent me instantly voting in the opposite direction if I had had a vote to cast. The bottom line is that this decision is for the Scots: and that's that; non-negotiable.