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I’m not the biggest user of Facebook. Indeed, I use by proper Sunday name as my ID so that for the most part anyone casually looking for me won’t find me that easily. But I’ve just logged on to the site to make what I hope are a few considerable points. I hope you don’t mind if I share them with you.

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I’ve kept my counsel on the upcoming Referendum thus far but no more.

I haven’t enjoyed the campaigning one single bit and I fear that whatever the outcome this coming Thursday, there has been a great deal of damage done to our hard-earned and well-deserved reputation for friendliness and tolerance.

I’ve always thought and believed that the existence of diverse opinions make for a healthy and happy society but right now there’s far too many folk who I previously thought of as being well-balanced and rational letting their emotions run away with them and lashing out wildly when someone has the temerity to disagree with them.

I’ve worked in and around various political environments for 30 years and have long been aware of how it is always possible to gather up figures and information to make a case for one way or another. That’s what’s been happening this past few months and increasingly so as we approach the 18th September. Politics is not, never has been and never will be an exact science and too many folk this past few months have simply not realised that. Not everything being promised by the Yes campaign will happen if we go that way but equally, not everything the No campaign are predicting will come to pass.

The level of debate has been toe-curlingly embarrassing for the most part and I’m sick to death with it all. Roll on Friday.

Now please excuse me if I spend the next few days trying my best to ignore the increasing levels of hysterical witterings across all forms of media. Nothing that is said or done now will make me change my mind on the way I’m voting. Nor will the endorsement of one particular side by any musician, footballer, actor, writer or celebrity – no matter how much I admire or respect them – influence me one way or another. So you lot can also shut up.

Rant over

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I have a posting for the day of the referendum already written and hope that you folk, as regular readers of TVV will like it when it appears on Thursday morning. I won’t be standing on any soapboxes.

Thanks for allowing me to interrupt and spoil you day.

JC