Nicola Sturgeon wants to try a Citizens Assembly to set the future of the country.
Widely reported but here it is in the Speccy
The idea is to bring together 120 randomly-selected Scots to ruminate on the future of the nation…each member will get £1,200 plus expenses for six weekends’ work
So, 12 days work, £100 a day. Equivalent to £25k a year, a bit less what with being weekend work. Pretty much average wage then. Plus weekends, so childcare likely to be a problem.
So anyone over average wage is not going to be keen. Anyone with family commitments is likely to find it harder to do. Average age to start a family and get that childcare headache is mid 30’s.
Now let’s consider the demographics of who voted for Scotland to Leave in 2015. Here from the highly reliable Beeb. Low income Predominantly Leave, under 40 Predominantly Leave.
I mean they haven’t actually excluded retirees, but maybe they should as it’s “Scotlands’ Future”. That aside, this is a blatant way of fiddling the selection process to ensure they get predominantly ScotIndy voters.
NB: No objection here if the Scottish genuinely want to leave the Union – think it’s the wrong choice but theirs to make not ours. However subtly fiddling the survey panel and questions to get the desired answer should be fine art, and this is frankly shonky work.