The Referendum Will Not Be Fairly Televised

(with apologies to Gil Scott Heron)

You will not be able to rely on TV news.
You will not be able to turn on the BBC and hear balance.
You will not be able to help folk kidding themselves
about the safety of the status quo
and the need to close their ears to nasty separatists,
because the referendum will not be fairly televised.

The referendum will not be fairly televised.
The referendum will not be brought to you
by a journalism with integrity.
One side will not be allowed to speak
without scornful and derisive interruptions.
The other side’s wilful misrepresentations
will not be challenged, their airtime will not be limited.
They will not have to deliver their no-vote devolution promises,
better, faster, safer change, the closest thing to federalism…
because it’s over now and you
should accept the result and eat your cereal
because the referendum will not be fairly televised.

The TV will not show you pictures
of Britnat extremists on the nineteenth
celebrating their ten per cent margin of success
by giving nazi salutes, kicking people when they’re down,
burning saltires and screaming abuse… at a peaceful gathering.

The referendum will not be fairly televised.
The referendum will not be brought to you by
those who care what you think, what you think
is either irrelevant because you live in a region, not a country,
or dangerous because you’re a nationalist extremist,
like Hitler, get it?
The referendum will not give you right to reply.
The referendum will not allow that your side is not irrational,
deluded, following a cult-like leader.
The referendum will not let you look
like a voice of reason or a normal person,
because you are now the other, a nat, a separatist
and nothing you say should be taken seriously.
The referendum will not be fairly televised, sister.
The referendum will not be fairly televised, will not be televised,
will not be televised.

The next time? Well, we’ll see.

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