The BBC reports
that we will be asked two questions on two separate ballot papers.
Firstly, voters would be asked to vote 'yes' or 'no' on whether they support the Scottish Parliament being given new devolved powers.Interesting. Why two ballot papers? Does Alex Salmond think that separating the questions will make the issues appear separate to the electorate. Surely it's not some attempt, along the lines of "Alex Salmond SNP", to fool the voters?
The consultation paper offers two alternatives for this question, one based on the so-called "devolution max" option of giving Holyrood control of everything except defence, foreign affairs and financial regulation, and another based on the more limited powers put forward by the Calman Commission.
They will then be asked whether: "The parliament's powers should also be extended to enable independence to be achieved."
And, if the question is as described, how can we decide on wanting "new powers" if we do not know and are not told, what those new powers might be?
Even the question on independence isn't posed honestly...what exactly does "The parliament's powers should also be extended to enable independence to be achieved." actually mean. Whatever happened to a simple "Independence, yes or no" referendum.
Why not pose the question: " Do you want an independent Scotland",
A simple, straightforward question with no room for confusion or obfuscation, and likely to produce a clear answer?
Unless the last thing the SNP wants is a clear answer. Because it's odds-on that it would be a clear "no", and that would be that for them.