Strangely Compelling Viewing #ga2014
I have been watching the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland on the live feed.
Despite the footage of at least one old dear nodding off in the middle distance, the Independence debate / respectful discussion was interesting, and the most civilized and gracious element of the whole pre-referendum phase so far.
How refreshing to have a break from the I’m-right-because-I’m-right-and-who-are-Westminster-to-disagree-with-me? of Salmond and the have-cake-and-eat-it of the Yes Campaign in general. How refreshing to have a break from the withering eyebrows and awkward tipping point between bossiness and apathy sought by the No Campaign.
Just some genuine thoughts, valid concerns, interesting observations and helpful whichever-way-it-goes-conclusions.
I think that politicians should perhaps give the ‘respectful’ discussion idea a go. Instead of assuming that people who disagree with you are evil and self-serving, why not go with the premise that they are sincere? Why not use your imagination and try to see and understand another point of view, even if just for a minute?
There is a lovely haun-knittedness about the whole General Assembly. The crap jokes, the inability of people to remember to say their name and number before they speak, the personal familiarities from real life leaking over into the formalities. Great to hear Scottish accents articulately convey intelligent ideas – although, it wasn’t on the TV, right enough.
On the one hand it is interminably dull; on the other, strangely compelling.