Dear First Minister,
We would like to suggest a solution which uses a calm and fair process with the potential to legitimately and safely enable Scotland to gain Independence.
Our solution would certainly categorically enable you and all of your political colleagues to precisely measure the will of the people of Scotland.
As we’re sure every single of the 1,617,989 YES voters will agree, we don’t want to predict the future, we want to join together and create it.
We propose a Government-enabled Charter for Independence. This would take the form of a state-of-the-art, pioneering, fully secured passport or pin number accessed accumulating online vote.
If set in motion, The Charter would clearly be the greatest community project Scotland has ever seen. As a future historical archive, The Charter would provide a permanent and indelible record of every single individual who has pulled together to enable Scotland’s Independence.
The Charter’s website would be completely visible, and without a defined time limit. As and when a majority is achieved, as First Minister you would then have categoric grounds to make a Unilateral Declaration of Independence.
Such scope could be enabled in technology terms within a very short timescale. The required technology and server capacity is in summary less than a tenth of of the DVLA website.
Our considerations are simply driven by mathematics, statistics and demographics. The online vote would use pioneering cutting-edge technology truly befitting all contexts within our modern era.
We cannot lose sight of the fact that at Sept 2014 a resilient 47% of Scotland’s electorate voted NO. It is only by drilling into the non-voter and non-registered voter statistics, that we can begin to fully understand and then appreciate how an online majority can be physically achieved.
As The Charter would be progressive, online votes can also be placed without any citizen being compromised under the previous and ongoing barrage of relentless media bias.
The archaic and secretive Referendum paper vote process would be stalled, and in the meantime replaced with this fully modernised structure which is in itself worthy of the question being asked, with a vote system proudly based on self-education via White Paper download, wonderful patriotism, and an incredible potential of rippling social media celebration. We have set out suggestions for these aspects elsewhere on our wordpress site.
If as First Minister you will enable The Charter, we’re sure that all other 1,617,989 YES voters will immediately step forward to the line and immediately join you to pull together to fully demonstrate that the will of Scotland’s people can indeed be properly expressed as a majority. All you have to do is set up The Charter, and then inform Scotland that if there is a majority, this would then be quickly followed by Independence.
Those rushing to call for a 2nd Referendum today would do well to consider that whilst 45% of the voter turnout voted YES, the amount of YES votes was actually 37% of the entire electorate. The accumulating online vote may take time to reach a majority.
The related summary statistics are given below. We have already placed these into the public domain for any scrutiny in relation to mathematics, statistics, or demographics. Our proposals are originating from a tiny but highly focussed niche Twitter feed. In all wider contexts if anyone can improve or refine the workings we would very much welcome any comments.
Stating the obvious, the lessons of history tell us that UDI without a prior population majority could have disastrous consequences for Scotland. If on the other hand Scotland’s Charter could firstly and fairly define a population majority, that would be a relevant justification for UDI, as it would properly comprise of the required integrity.
In turn, the road ahead would then be paved for Scotland’s population to see Independence begin with harmony and stability. And in a ground-breaking and inventive way, we’d have arrived there with a sense of style, and a real measure of aplomb.
The eyes of the world have already been upon Scotland. Let us please show the world in these terms that our reputation for invention is well-deserved. Successfully evidenced, this format would no doubt be followed elsewhere.
We kindly request that you please let us know if you feel that there is merit in our suggestion.
STATISTICS, FACTS AND FIGURES
At Sept 2014’s Referendum 37% of Scotland’s electorate voted for Independence, 47% against.
Fundamentally and furthermore, if the previous No vote were to remain static, in order to deliver a YES result at a second Referendum, YES would need heading for 600,000 out of all of 663,477 non-voters to go to a voting booth and vote YES. We say that is almost impossible. We also say that a significant proportion of these previous non-voters would however feel very motivated indeed to now vote YES online.
A Charter would re-enable the 15.4% equating 663,477 non-voters to now go ahead and place their votes online. It would also enable non-registered voters to register and then vote. Demographically, both of these sections of society are obviously much more likely to vote YES.
Given that the ‘The Vow’ has not been delivered, and EVEL has reduced Scotland’s MP’s to second class Westminster status, there will clearly also be many previous NO voters who may now wish to completely reconsider their previous decisions.
From the statistics, a combination of the above can deliver a majority. We have reasonably calculated that if all YES voters remain YES voters (which we believe to be the case) and all work ahead together and with unity, it will be possible to eventually attain a decisive online majority of 53% – 54.75%, with a potential higher end figure, driven further upwards by those logically wishing to join the YES movement at the point of an online majority being defined.
There is no reason why we might not see a majority defined over a very short period of time. That depends on the will of the people. The Charter would only seek YES votes.
An accumulating online vote would be socially driven by Scotland’s 1,617,989 original YES voters, reaching out inclusively and holistically, extending a spirit of community and friendship to the entire population, driven in educational terms with the benefits of an updated White Paper.
The Charter would seek to increase the original YES vote by 600,000 individuals. We’d then have the required majority. As an analogy, the increase equates to 12 Hampden park capacity football crowds. If we want Independence, that is simply what the YES campaign requires to deliver.
Without even figuring any NO’s switching to YES, if 1 in 3 YES voters can encourage either a non-voter, a non-registered voter, or a new (now age 16) voter to vote YES online, then we’d be almost there!
The Charter would also completely remove the current dangerous mathematical potential of losing a second Referendum. If we had another Referendum with No voters largely remaining the same, non-voters and non-registered voters also remaining the same, then it would potentially be Game Over for Independence. As some readers of this open letter may not already know, the lessons of history are clear in that regard. Quebec is the most pertinent. A second heart-breaking Referendum failed by just 0.4% and thereafter YES support reduced.
By our statistical calculation, if the great majority of Sept 2014 NO voters were to remain resilient in their perspective, non-voter turnout remained same ballpark, and non-registered voters remained same, the YES campaign would do well to reach 47.3% of voter turnout. That would be absolutely catastrophic.
Achieving an online majority is however a different matter. It is simply a numbers game, phased by the will of the people.