Today, I pottered into the Gurdwara (Sikh Centre) in Albert Drive, Glasgow for the BBC indy debate with Gordon Brewer.
Firstly, I would like to thank the staff of the Sikh centre for their fantastic hospitality; they helped put on a super event.
One of the best events I have ever attended on the campaign trail.
The BBC staff as usual were just great particularly Sarah who appears to do everything at 100 miles an hour brilliantly.
The guests were unpopular Nicola Sturgeon, Patrick Harvie for Yes, and Drew Smith MSP and Lib Dem Jeremy Purvis for Better Together.
Unpopular Nicola Sturgeon had a terrible time as she tried and repeatedly failed to win the economic argument. She seemed really depressed slumped in her chair like a broken woman who knows she has been found out. Everywhere it seems the vote is slipping through her fingers. Nicola Sturgeon's attempt at being friendly also came unstuck as she sat there her face like thunder and looking very annoyed.
Defeat is coming and it is coming like a rocket and she can’t hide it.
Patrick Harvie is a good speaker, wasn’t exactly a supporter of the Nicola Sturgeon independence vision during the show. And he wasn’t hiding it at all either. He spoke well but part of the programme he looked also depressed, a man who knew the game was over. He did have his good moments but not enough. At one stage it looked as if Patrick Harvie was on the No side. I thought at some points, it was the 3 guests against Sturgeon which added to her miserable experience.
Drew Smith, the Labour MSP had a decent take doing the standard and expected performance. You could stay he did the key points and buzzwords, it is what I would expect and so wasn’t disappointed.
The best speaker by far who ‘stole the show’ turned out to be Lib Dem Jeremy Purvis; I was surprised that he delivered such a well polished performance. He ticked all the right boxes, done the homework, delivered the goods and then some. His analysis was spot on and he easily defeated Nicola Sturgeon who just wasn’t well prepared on detail. He articulated his points very well and made good counter points.
I met someone I knew called Clare and sat with her chatting away before the show, the Yes camp was there in force but numbers aren’t everything, quality counts and the SNP and their allies didn’t have it in depth.
As I said, unpopular Nicola Sturgeon looked really depressed and so unhappy, but the unhappiness she feels today will in no way compare to the feelings of mega crushing defeat on the 18th September as everything slips away from her. As I sat there in the audience, I thought to myself, is she really is looking terrible, that shattered look you sometimes see in people who have the life sucked out of them.
Unpopular Nicola Sturgeon is looking very much like a tragic isolated woman on the wrong side of destiny.
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University