John Donnelly wrote:Time we forgot the emotion and looked to the facts. I hope that we will have a full, frank and free debate on this before we make a decision, which, if it goes wrong, will go VERY wrong. Imagine having to crawl back to Westminster, cap in hand.
Be very careful what you wish for; you might get it. This is a VERY difficult one. Don't be persuaded by spurious, emotional arguments.
What is wrong with emotion John? Are not all our major actions and decisions driven by emotion and gut instinct? Is emotion not the driver of life? It's usually after the event that we build a logical argument to support what we have done.
Consider one of the most important, personal decisions we make in life - to get married. (I am assuming you are married - so forgive me if I got that wrong). Did you sit down and logically analyze the pros and cons of marrying your wife? If I had done that, I would probably not have got married. I was a research student. I had just finished the first year of a three year research program and we were both as poor as church mice. Yet within a year of meeting we got married and within five years of marriage we had three children. You could say all that was irresponsible and irrational. Yet we made it and now our kids are married and we have a bunch of grandchildren to revel in.
Multiply that up to a national level. It is the shared emotional, gut response that will give us the confidence to carry this through to independence. Of course there will be problems but they will be our problems and we will find our solutions.