… before casting their vote on Thursday.
I completely believe that the people of Scotland have the right to self-determination, and I'm not going to join in with stating my preference for the outcome on Thursday, although married to a Scottish husband and with proud half-Scottish kids, then we are certainly very interested in our house.
Decision-making always has an element of uncertainty and decision-makers need to make judgements on how to proceed based on the data available (some trustworthy, some maybe not) and trying not to fall into an irrational trap. Risk assessment is such an integral part of decision-making because it helps to frame the problem and sensitise decision-makers to some of the potential consequences of their choice. It's not a science, but it always needs more than a gut-based, fingers crossed behind the back approach.
So for the Scottish people who have been handed this huge decision to make, I hope that they can find a way of balancing the rhetoric, and thinking about long-term consequences, not just short-term victories, or worries (depending on their perspectives).
Whatever the outcome on Thursday, the Union as we have known it in our lifetime will be changed forever. Let's hope that the people of Scotland get a great outcome for them, and that the rest of us get our say in the outcome for us.