Last autumn I posted this ... about the emerging notion that somehow there should be a second question on a referendum ballot, as suggested by Alex Salmond. It is a warning and a question about so-called Devo Max and why the Nats need it and Scotland does not.
Since then the Nationalists have been pretending that the whole question of Devo Max and extra powers for Holyrood was nothing to do with them, it came from a call from the people for more, if vaguely defined, powers, and the Nats were only thinking about it because they wanted the to respect those calls and wishes.
Everybody else, perhaps cynicaly, has been convinced that Eck wants a second question because he knows he would lose a single, yes/no, in/out referendum, and he wants to hedge his bets. It has certainly been noticeable that the people who keep bringing it up are Nationalists, and no-one else.
Today the FFM moves again. The Scottish people have "a right" to his second question and are calling even louder for that right.
Funny that, I talk to people all the time about politics. The referendum isn't the first thing they mention: that's usually bread and butter issues like jobs, earnings, housing, schools.
And even when the referendum does come up, it's a low priority. So a two-question referendum? High on peoples' agendas? Not in my experience.
The second question is the "saving FM Eck" strategy. A ploy to claim victory even in defeat.
I'm surprised that Nationalist activists buy it: if successful it means no "independence" in anyone's lifetime. It's an admission of defeat and a preparation for the world of neverendums, where the Nats never quite win, but real politics is stymied and neutered by the constitutional question.....
The limit of Alex Salmond's ambition, apparently....
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