* Friday 19th September 2014? *
A year to go until the referendum.
I've a shocking acknowledgement to make - I don't think the sky will fall in, if Scotland votes yes next year ...
... even more shocking - I don't think the sky will fall in, if Scotland votes no next year either.
Life will go on; the earth will continue to turn; the sun will rise.
Of course, the actual result
will have a profound political impact on the country we live in.
But neither possible
result - and I only wish more politicians would honestly admit this - will be a panacea for all of Scottish society's ills.
Now, it won't shock anyone
to hear that I'll be voting no.
Just type 'devolution' in the top-left, blogger search-box; and scan through the results, and you'll quickly realise that I'm a (relatively) unusual - but hopefully consistent - unreformed, Labour Party (con)Federalist.
If I was to pick out one post, to illustrate my thinking, I guess I'd choose this one
(and the links therein); but there are many more if you're inclined to undertake the suggested search ;-)
I have thought (rather sadly!) about these issues over several decades now, and basically remain fully committed to the cause of a Federal UK.
I completely accept that others, have arrived at a different decision - many of them may have settled on supporting Scottish Independence via a similar, constitutional (and political) trajectory to my own ... that's fine by me; I respect their view; and hope they respect mine.
366-days from now, regardless of the result, we'll wake up and the sky won't have fallen in; the earth will still be turning; and the sun will have risen ... and we'll need to collectively
get on with attempting to make our country a better place to live in, for as many of its inhabitants as possible.
The vast majority of the people I know, on both sides of the referendum debate, are working to do just that today ... they'll be doing just that tomorrow; in a months time; and in years time.
Wouldn't the next 12-months be a little more interesting, and engaging, if we could all just keep that in mind as we move towards the morning of Friday 19th September 2014?