What is more significant for Scotland is the timing of the AV vote which has been scheduled for the same day as the important Holyrood elections in 2011.I think "those of a more conspirational bent" would more realistically read as "wild-eyed, mouth-foaming, tin-foil hat wearing, anti-Brit loons".
As the SNP have commented: “It just shows that the Tory-led coalition government with the LibDems is treating the Scottish Parliament and the people of Scotland with contempt.”
It gets worse. The British Royal Family have since announced that the wedding of the heir to the throne will take place on the Friday before the Holyrood election. A national holiday has been announced. The Scottish elections will be further diminished. It is worth noting too that Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, has stated that this election will be fought primarily on the case for Scottish Independence.
It is hardly surprising that those of a more conspiratorial bent are suggesting that this is a grand pincer movement by the British establishment to diminish the importance of the forthcoming Scottish elections. That may or may not be the case
Still, this is a good idea:
1.Q. How should Scots respond to this disrespectful imposition of an irrelevant referendum on the same day as the election of our national parliament?Let's hope Mr Salmond and the rest of the SNP pragmatists have the balls to back you up on it....
1.A. We hijack it. We use it for our own, much more important, objectives. We turn the AV referendum into a referendum on Scottish Independence.
So with this in mind, we, the undersigned, call for all Scots who support our country’s independence to write the word INDEPENDENCE in bold letters across the AV voting slip on 5th May.
Let’s make sure the piles of “spoilt” ballot papers rejecting the British electoral system – and rule from London – are greater than those voting Yes or No.
This way we can finally have our first national referendum on Scottish Independence. The beauty of this initiative is that the London government will fork up their own cash to print and distribute a voting slip to every person in Scotland. Which is very generous of them. Thank you London!
Spread the word. Use your vote on 5th May. Vote INDEPENDENCE.
They've set their target and if achieved, then they've earned their separation referendum- direct democracy in action.