As the referendum campaign intensifies, it is interesting to note certain manifestations of it.
Yes supporters are very much to the fore in sticking signs in their cars and windows and might give the impression of leading the polls by their prominence.
In Aberdeen, it has been reported in the local press that spray paint has been used by Yes supporters, leaving buildings and local landmarks with signs saying “Vote Yes” and, encouragingly, “Vote Yes or else”.
A neutral observer might take this to mean that there was a groundswell of opinion in favour of the break-up of the UK based on the relative lack of stickers in favour of the maintenance of the Union.
Sad to say, all the evidence confirms comments that I have had from a number of people to whom I have spoken.
They tell me that the programme of intimidation, so-called “Campaign Fear”, by SNP ministers against prominent businesses and their directors is echoed by the behaviour of their supporters.
People do not stick “No” stickers on their car or house windows because they expect that they will get a brick thrown in, and that applies to me too.
That is a reflection of the reality of the political situation in Scotland. People will vote No, not only out of conviction, but also of fear of the people who want a Yes vote.
Andrew HN Gray
Should there be a No vote this September, will we be forced to endure another referendum on greater powers for the Scottish Parliament, as promised by the pro-Union parties?
Few prospects fill me with such dread. If the current one is anything to go by, all it will do is perpetuate the incessant name calling, uninformed debate, illogical grievances and economic illiteracy which sums up modern Scotland and its bitter people.
At least we can now safely say that the picture many had of Scotland before the referendum debate started, that we were a humorous, tolerant, welcoming and outward-looking nation, can safely be put to bed.