The Game Changer Within
Everyone waiting for a game-changer, or Darling getting a pasting would be disappointed. That wasn’t to be. Neither is the discovery of a major new oil find off Shetland. Sorry. There is no D notice.
Don’t believe the hype. Last night may not have been a killer blow for Salmond but the important bit, how did it effect Undecided voters, has been overlooked. The ICM poll that says Darling won 56% to 44%, but a closer look is telling:
Don’t knows thought Salmond won, 45% to 55%
No’s thought Darling won, 90% to 10%
Yes’s thought Salmond won, 80% to 20%
So Darling edged it overall because No voters were more convinced their own man won than Yes voters were, but Don’t Knows narrowly preferred Salmond.
Who cares? It isn’t significant.
Repeat to yourself the simple truth: It’s not about Alex Salmond. It’s not about Alistair Darling.
There will be no game-changer. Realisation should be dawning: politicians are disappointing; professional campaigns are disappointing; we are the change.
The game changer is within. No-one will hand you down tablets of truth. No higher authority will tell you facts that will allow you to decide.
Think for yourself. Act for yourself.
Instead of succumbing to the desultory spin-room filled with an exhausted looking Scots commentariat sipping from plastic cups, it’s time to wake up to some harsh realities.
Today , in the second decade of the 21 Century, the present British Prime Minister, Foreign Secretary, Chancellor, Shadow Chancellor and Shadow Home Secretary all went to Oxford University together. Many of the Cabinet actually went to the same school together. David Cameron, Oliver Letwin, minister for government policy; Jo Johnson, head of his policy unit; Ed Llewellyn, chief of staff; and Rupert Harrison, George Osborne’s chief economic adviser all went to Eton.
We are ruled by a failed elite we didn’t elect from an absurdly narrow and privileged sect of English society. If you find that a bizarre symbol of enshrined institutional failure, Vote Yes.
Don’t wait for leadership, don’t believe the media framing, don’t rely on one big moment. On the streets, campaigning, at mass canvas, at Women for Indy stalls and events, at YesShops and hubs, at Super Saturday: you are the game changer.