I got into trouble a couple of weeks ago by putting my toe ever so slightly into the referendum debate. So why go there again?
Well not to tell anybody how to vote, that's for sure! But because I watched the debate and have been reading some of the literature on both sides -- and have begun to wonder (to be honest) why the NO campaign, by and large, feels so dreary. That's certainly the way I would vote if I were entitled. But there is no doubt that the vision and passion is largely on the other side. Why is that?
It's partly because it's always rhetorically easier for the party advocating change to muster vision -- which makes one fearful of what will happen in any EU referendum (the thought of ending my days with an independent Scotland IN the EU, and little England having LEFT the EU is not a fun thought). And it's partly because some of the strengths of the NO case really DO rest on some of the nitty gritty and rather unsexy detail.
All the same, in what I have read (please tell me I have missed something), there is a decided lack of any powerful case being made for the ideological virtues of unity; it is all about Plan B or how the sums don't add up.
So I fell to wondering what kind of case one might make that had a bit more of a zing. What might some more upbeat symbols and slogans for unity look like?
I'm sure there are better ones, but here goes!