What makes an #IndyRef don’t know an actual “Don’t Know”?

This conversation recorded in a pub in Cupur by Reporting Scotland is worth leaving here if only for sake of outlining three concerns of Don’t Know voters (there’s vanishingly few of those if most of the polls are to be believed)…

– One simply doesn’t know and cites the lack of information (a residual feature of referendums)…

– One doesn’t believe the assurance that there will be no trouble ahead in the short term and suspects Yes of lying over the NHS…

– One wishes that the No camp would quit the negative campaigning and apply itself to offering a long term prospectus for a Scotland within the Union…

There may not be many of them, but turning them one way or another will crucial for a win, and these it seems to me, are the elemental sticking points…

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  • Muiris de Bhulbh

    An amount of the reporting suggests that a lot of the No camp are swayed by the economics, ignoring their ‘hearts’. How can a nation with such a proud history be so supine as to be persuaded by twenty pieces of silver (if even that)

  • Mister_Joe

    My, admittedly purely anecdotal “evidence”, is that “Don’t Knows” don’t bother to vote.

  • Mister_Joe

    I think that the idea that people shouldn’t consider their economic future is nonsense. I don’t know about Scotland but a poll published yesterday in Canada says that 51% of the population would not be able to survive (whatever that means) their pay cheque being a week late.

  • mickfealty

    It’s partly a generational thing. And in Scotland’s case, the economics probably do align in the longer term. In the choice between democratic agency and the pension problem (which could get particularly acute in a population which is as old relatively speaking as Scotland) it induces caution.

    Besides the Union is something Scotland walked into more as an equal partner than Ireland ever did…

  • Muiris de Bhulbh

    You’re probably right. Certainly a united Ireland cannot be considered until both sides can afford it (as well as want it). However, the notion, for example, that we could be bribed effectively, to rejoin the UK, or in this case, to stay in the UK seems odd to me