The last couple of weeks I have made a real, and very polite, effort to talk to NO voters both face to face and via social media and I am detecting some interesting things.
There are those whose vote cannot be changed, they see themselves as British and no matter how bad things can and will get in the event of a no vote they will never ever change their view. In fact a couple I have spoken to have suggested that Holyrood should be scrapped and that immigrants are a big part of our problems. They also do not accept that social security changes are causing hardship etc etc etc.
There are those that have no argument what so ever, they avoid the questions and even when they do answer it is from a Better Together leaflet. They hate Alex Salmond, for reasons that are beyond me, think the SNP have done a crap job and there is no way that Westminster would ever do anything bad to Scotland or the Scots. They use sound bites, you know the ones, best of both worlds, better together, what is plan B but cannot explain what any of it actually means. This is the group that I am sensing a lot of fear from, they are the ones who are more likely to resort to abuse, certainly worse abuse than I have ever seen from a YES supporter.
Now I know the polls say that Belter Together or No Thanks or Best of Both Worlds, whatever they are called this week are ahead in the polls. If you are a YES supporter whose optimism only works by polls then you would be very depressed and ready to pack it in, sometimes I have even felt like that given the constant near 100% propaganda of fear and lies we see and hear every day in the so-called media and on the BBC.
But I’m not, and I’ll tell you why. As I alluded to above I am sensing a real display of panic and fear coming from the NO side. Their supporters are more and more now resorting to abuse, there is desperation and a feeling I get from them that some of them know they are wrong and I feel they suspect, as I do, that they are losing the debate. I would love to know, as we all would, what the mega polls, paid for out of our taxes disgracefully and only shared with one side, actually told them but I really feel that these two polls told them they are losing or at worse drawing.
As I said I have been optimistic and then downright fearful of a hammering but the closer we get to the vote the more I am starting to feel that YES is winning, no matter what the polls say, like 2011, I have a feeling that something has changed and the media and the polls are either not catching on and/or are in total denial of what is happening around them. I really believe that the YES Campaign is going to pull this off.
Not scientific, not based on surveys, just my feelings over the last two weeks but sometimes you just suspect things are not what they seem.