Apathy destined to be the winner at European elections

All the indications would seem to point to there being a poor turnout at the forthcoming European elections due to be held on May 22.

My discussions with family and friends suggest that like myself they are sadly lacking information on who is standing, what areas of responsibility they have to name but two vital pieces of necessary data if they are to be able to cast their vote.

Perhaps it is just a generational thing, with my age group not being seen to be cool or informed on such matters, unlike our young folk who will be queuing to vote for the candidate of their choice in just over a week. I jest of course, as I believe we are all in the same boat.

This is either out of choice, or simply because those standing have not bothered to sell their wares to us the great unwashed British public.

Either way it is nothing less than tragic that despite the significance of Europe and role in the EU we are so apathetic as not to be bothered to vote. I shall be turning out, even if it is just to ensure that UKIP do not get a toe hold in Scotland.

I will also be preparing myself for the next opportunity to vote on September 18, though as yet have not decided which way to vote.

The gambler in me is keen to say hang it all and go for broke with a vote for yes, while the more conservative side of me is to stick with the status quo, and give the Union an extended run.

The yes argument is a compelling one, especially as Scotland has its own legal system, an education set-up we have lauded for as long as I can recall. As it stands we have little to thank Westminster for, indeed we are poorly represented in a structure which is driven by career civil servants who have little knowledge of all things Scottish.

Worse still these public school types have little desire to give any ground to anything that remotely threatens their very existence in the Home Counties.

I then have to apply my mind for the reasons for throwing my lot in with the no lobby, basing my concern on all the things we could lose out on should we break away from our English neighbours who I actually like, in fact my father was English which would have some considerable bearing on my personal choice.

The English are in fact in my opinion infuriatingly fair minded, unlike we Scots who can be quite bloody minded when push comes to shove. But the most compelling case for staying together lies in how we would cope financially. All the evidence suggests we would struggle, as is pointed out by those who would have us stay in union. Their negativity is, however, less than convincing.

There again I am not likely to be swayed by the cybernats who attempt to bully me online.

In the end of the day I shall make up my own mind in my time on a fascinating debate that is hotting up some 136 days away from the big vote.