I have shamelessly filched this from Willie Rennie’s Facebook fan page with the aim of encouraging you to “like” it if you haven’t already.
It’s quite an interactive environment, with discussions, polls, pretty pictures and lots of information about what Willie’s been up to.
And for what it’s worth, I’d actually back Willie’s sons against him on any computer game you might care to mention. Twiddling knobs and waving about controllers isn’t really his thing.
Anyway, this is Willie’s piece on the SNP’s plans for independence to win in the referendum even if it comes second. Professor John Curtice of Strathclyde University said yesterday that he could see an “obvious problem” with the Government’s intentions.
“The Scottish Parliament has been in recess for the last couple of weeks, a chance to spend more time in the constituency, catch up with family… and play football on the Wii with my son.
I don’t get the chance to play that often and as a result he is a great deal more accomplished at the swoosh of the wrist needed to even pass the ball.
I lost, convincingly. But this week the SNP Government offered me solace in defeat.
In football, just as in politics, I believed that who scores the most goals, or secures the most votes, wins – but it seems I have been mistaken.
Let me explain. The SNP have confirmed that they will include two questions in their referendum to split Scotland from the rest of the United Kingdom. The first, a straight yes/no on if Scotland should be independent, the second on if Scotland should enjoy more powers in partnership with the rest of these islands.
This got me thinking – what happens if the answer to both questions comes back yes, but with more people voting for more powers? Who wins?
The answer given by the SNP should send a shiver down the spine of anyone who believes in democracy.
In this scenario, where yes to independence gets 51% of the vote and yes to more powers gets 99%, the SNP have said that independence would win.
This kind of electoral jiggery pokery proves that the SNP will do anything to tear Scotland away from the secure and strong partnership that the UK offers.
‘Who gets the most votes wins’ has been a universal principle since landowners lost the chance to influence tenants with the introduction of the secret ballot in 1872.
Although Mr Salmond will not be standing over the shoulder of every voter in the polling booth, how much will that vote count for if the SNP simply move the goalposts and declare victory?
The two question conundrum is just another in a long list of questions that the SNP have failed to adequately answer. How much will independence cost? How will we defend ourselves? What role will we play in international organisations?
I will continue to seek answers to these questions as the constitution, the future of Scotland, needs clarity not confusion.
Mr Salmond’s electoral strategy is at odds with every democratic principle that exists.
That said, if my son wants to introduce it at our re-match then I won’t quibble too much.”