If you look at the #indyref tag on Twitter, some of the stuff on there is so combative and hostile that you might get the impression that it’s impossible for people on opposing sides of the argument to interact with each other in a civilised manner.
Not so. Although this shouldn’t be a surprise as in households and pubs across Scotland, away from the social media hothouse, people are quite capable of having The Conversation without falling out or being abusive.
On Friday night, a group of 20 or so Twitter people met in the cosy surroundings of The Sisters restaurant in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove. Before I go any further, if you get the chance to enjoy their pre-theatre dinner, 3 courses for £17.95, take it. The food was beautifully presented and cooked. I had the Chicken Liver Pate, which was smooth and garlicky, with a gutsy pear chutney, the ham, which melted in the mouth with spring onion and parsley mash and the best and most perfectly cooked buttered cabbage. For pudding I had Apple and Pear tart with ice cream. It was all delicious.
So you had all these political types, all with very well defined views on the Referendum, sitting around a table. There was bound to be raised voices and fisticuffs, surely. Nah. It was lovely. I discovered that two of the people at my table were Doctor Who fans and one had been to the 50th anniversary convention on the day I wasn’t there.
The referendum was discussed, as were the prospects for the Euro elections and the General Election next year. Oh, and Gerard Manley Hopkins. Who said we aren’t cultured.
I was once accused of being the Liberal Democrats‘ Duncan Hothersall. The person who said it absolutely did not mean it as a compliment. I wear it as a badge of honour, cos he’s a very pleasant and funny guy. He tweets even more than I do, though. That is quite scary.
Natalie McGarry organised the whole thing, so big thanks to her. I’m also well chuffed that she took a photo of me that I don’t hate. This is very rare.
Wouldn’t it be lovely if the independence debate were more like the good humoured atmosphere of the Twinner? In fact, we should probably sack both official campaigns and let us lot take over.