Thanks to all of you who did my little one-question poll of yesterday. The results, as you can see in the image on the right, are fairly clear.
431 votes is a reasonable total but I don’t think we can take too much from it. For a start, given that the majority of voters come from people that I follow or follow me on Twitter, I think I have to admit that there is a certain amount of selection bias involved.
Secondly, I didn’t ask any of these questions, which would have made the thing much more in depth…
- Do you agree with monarchy in principle?
- Do you think the UK should keep the monarchy?
- Do you think an Independent Scotland should have a monarchy?
- If an independent Scotland has a monarchy, should it be the UK one?
I also didn’t ask if you would wish, despite not wishing to set one up, to continue with the current one, which may have produced different results too.
So what was the point of all this?
It was simply as a reminder that if we vote Yes to an independent Scotland, we will be able to remodel the country to a place that is fit for the 21st Century and beyond, not one that still gives much service to anachronistic ideas because of absurd and outdated traditions.
This is our chance to make that modern update. With our independence we can get rid of some of the unnecessary baggage that weighs us down.
I think it is fair to say that one thing the poll results really do point to is that a lot of people think like me on this and regard the monarchy to be (only) one of the negative traditions that isn’t worth continuing.