Stuart Kelly | The Scotsman
WITH only two years until the referendum on independence, the real questions are being ignored, writes Stuart Kelly
The Chinese phrase “May you live in interesting times” is well known. Slightly less well known is that it is a traditional curse. Nonetheless, we find ourselves living in interesting times in Scotland, with all the ambivalences that entails. The referendum in 2014 certainly counts as interesting, and yet the discussions around it thus far – from both sides of the political spectrum – have been anything but.
There was always going to be a certain degree of grandstanding and hyperbolism around the respective launches of “Yes Scotland” and “Better Together”, and it is a regrettable feature of contemporary politics that it aims more at the platitudinous soundbite than the complex argument. The fact remains that such a constitutional vote is complex, and if Scots are to be proud, or even content, with the result – whatever that transpires to be – then the intellectual calibre of the debate needs to rise significantly over the next year.