The latest No campaign video, targeted at undecided female voters, has created a storm of protest on social media and in the press.
It has been labelled as patronising to women, sexist, and insulting. It is all of these things, and more. It is the product of a campaign so bereft of ideas and coherent policies that it has seen fit to serve up a dog’s breakfast of doorstep soundbites to the Scottish people.
The engaged, informed and serious debate about Scotland’s future that is taking place in every corner of the land, on both sides of the argument, puts this ridiculous concoction of indecisiveness, passivity and ignorance to shame.
If we swallow this story whole, we are left with the depressing vision of a nation lacking in any intellectual vigour, a real basket case.
We should not succumb to the scaremongering tactics of Better Together by acting as a nation that is too fearful to take a step into its own future, and too lacking in self-confidence to exercise our individual and collective capacity to think deeply and well in order to resolve deep societal problems and manage our affairs better.
Because therein lies the door to a confident, thinking, fairer and more prosperous Scotland.
(Dr) Margaret Kirkwood
Formerly Reader in Education,
University of Strathclyde
Member of Academics for Yes.