Ar­gu­ments for in­de­pen­dence

The Press and Journal (Aberdeenshire) - - OPINION -

The process to­wards a Scot­tish par­lia­men­tary man­date back­ing an­other in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum be­gins to­day and Ms Stur­geon’s mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ment was ex­pected to win with the help of a hand­ful of Green MSPs.

Some might re­gard such a lack of unity as a shaky spring­board to such a cat­a­clysmic de­ci­sion, but a ma­jor­ity is a ma­jor­ity no mat­ter how small in a democ­racy.

How­ever, many will fo­cus on whether or not the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment ac­tu­ally has ma­jor­ity sup­port in the coun­try. Polls are stat­ing con­sis­tently that more than half the coun­try does not want a ref­er­en­dum vote at all, while a ma­jor­ity is cur­rently op­posed to in­de­pen­dence de­spite the up­heaval of Brexit.

Much at­ten­tion has fo­cused on the SNP’s 2016 man­i­festo pledge: the party did state “clear and sus­tained” sup­port by a ma­jor­ity for in­de­pen­dence would be a trig­ger for an­other ref­er­en­dum, but in the same sen­tence said “or sig­nif­i­cant ma­te­rial change” brought about by a Brexit vote. So, one op­tion was ac­ti­vated, even if the other is in serious doubt.

Ms Stur­geon read­ily ac­cepts she has a lot of per­suad­ing to do – start­ing with the cur­rent res­i­dent of Num­ber 10.

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