We will look back and consider that the Yes campaign had an almost perfect set of circumstances to win it and didn’t.
They chose the timing, the question gave them the “positive” side, they chose the franchise, good years in power, Tories in WM, recession.
Additionally, years of an *extremely* weak squad of opposition politicians in Scotland.
If the case had been clear, logically sound and compelling, the circumstances were certainly there for a landslide Yes vote.
I could have been a yes voter - genuinely, I could have - but I found the White Paper to be so weak that it undermined all else for me.
I harbour no nationalistic sentiments. I was looking for a clear-eyed weighing of the pros and cons and I didn’t get that balance.
While optimism is commendable, I found the Yes campaign’s unwillingness to weigh genuine risk to be very off-putting.
The No campaign certainly exaggerated risk but there was a middle ground that deserved to be addressed and was derided as scaremongering.
I take no satisfaction that “my side” won. A binary choice was demanded of me and I made it to the best of my ability and judgment.
When my generation writes our independence white paper — and we will — I hope we look to a further horizon.
We will need to engage with privacy issues, capital-biased technological change and the impact of job automation, not keeping Royal Mail.


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Published by Fraser Hess (@fraserhess)