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Published on Jun 24, 2012
'Nuff said on Michael Moore. Stewart Hosie was his usual competent self.
At the end, Martin Sime of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) expresses his now familiar distrust of the political process in the referendum.
I have a familar distrust of non-democratically elected bodies that claim a right to speak. As far as I am aware, the SCVO has a minority of the voluntary organisations in Scotland in membership, and most of them are in it for payroll services offered. I may be wrong on this - happy to take information denying or confirming this.
I do not doubt that Martin Sime has the best interests of Scotland at heart, as do I, as does every individual member of the Scottish electorate - as individuals.
I want Scotland's future to be determined by the debate between MPs and MSPs elected by the people of Scotland to represent them, by the people themselves, and by their free vote in the referendum, not by organisations, however worthy, which by their very nature are undemocratic, such as businesses, churches, and other organisations.
Martin Sime has a right to speak as an individual and as a voter, as I do. I do not believe that he - or I - or anyone else outside of a political party can claim a democratic mandate to speak for anyone else. Such views are welcome, but they have no constituency. Trades union leaders can claim some representative role and mandate - they are elected by their members, but not to either of the two Parliaments that presently govern Scotland.