#IndyRef: In a battle for a nation’s hearts and minds it has to be both…

Now, this is interesting. It’s a fairly aggressive question from the BBC’s Nick Robinson on “why a Scottish voter should believe you, a politician, against men who are responsible for billions of pounds profit?”… Not his greatest moment implying as it does an ad hominen appeal to absent and unaccountable authority (a classic of the cave) rather than a question with its own internal logic. What follows is a long hectoring lecture from the Scottish First Minister on Number 10’s anti Scotland briefing and the failings of the BBC occasionally interspersed with applause from the audience.

Robinson later tells the Six O’Clock News that Salmond refused to answer his direct question, a point strongly disputed by Rev Stu over at Wings Over Scotland.

…the second part was a rhetorical question anyway. There is no factual answer to “Why should we trust you rather than X?” – trust is emotional, not logical.

Yes well up to a point Lord Copper. Herein lies the faultline between the two camps: that difficult and often compromising tension between the heart and the mind. In a bid for a nation’s will it cannot be entirely be a matter of one or the other but a substantial appeal to both.

In any case this was a moment for which the Yes camp seems to have been uncharacteristically unprepared.

Scotland’s long term prosperity will as likely arise from further investment in its already high performing education system, and increasing inward investment as from the fading influence of oil or competing with Dublin for the City of London’s back office tax-avoidance trade.

As one friend put it yesterday perhaps they should have already shoved the headquarters of the retail banks out of the door and offered to pay their bus fare to London.

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  • chrisjones2

    http://order-order.com/2014/09/12/scotsmen-want-independence/

    Read the numbers

    1 the weemin have it

    2 around 70% of all sexes believe they will be economically worse off independent – so why would they vote for it?

    I think with these figures its a clear Nae – expect to be surprised by just now many say NO

    And Dave has made himself look a twat and buggered up the constitution for no real reason and handed UKIP a fourth ace before the next election. He really is useless

  • dougthedug

    Yes well up to a point Lord Copper. Herein lies the faultline between the two camps: that difficult and often compromising tension between the heart and the mind. In a bid for a nation’s will it cannot be entirely be a matter of one or the other but a substantial appeal to both.

    So which side is going with the heart and which with the mind?