The Date of the Independence Referendum & the Battle of Bannockburn
There has been much hot air about the supposed date of the Independence Referendum falling on the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn. This may seem like a good time to mention that that particular anniversary falls on the 23/24th June 2014 which is bang slap in the middle of the 2014 World Cup Finals which run from 12 June – 13th July 2014.
Now Alex Salmond is many things but the sort of person who may allow the vicarious fortunes of the Scottish national football team (the horror!) to potentially interfere with the most important political decision to be made in any of our lifetimes…. I don’t think so!
Even were Scotland not to qualify I doubt if anyone in their right mind would call such an important vote during the World Cup finals. Got that Mr Forsyth? Okay now thats been cleared up can we go back to Planet Reality, please?
NB For what its worth I think its a good bet that the date of the Independence referendum could be April 2014 or early May 2014. The Westminster election in 2015 pretty much rules out all of that year. Autumn 2014 is a possibility but still perhaps too close to the Westminster election. The sharp money will go on April/early May 2014 in the run up to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
I suspect too that the First Minister will announce the date very soon since his inner circle have supposedly been informed of the date already. Things may get very interesting around here, and a lot sooner than folk think.