The Sunday Mail’s sudden support for the Scottish Greens is an obvious ploy to split both the anti-Union and anti-Brexit vote. Why anyone should imagine it to be a “boost for Yes campaigners” is quite the mystery.
This is how it works. It is much easier to attack a politician or a party than it is to attack a principle such as independence. The SNP has been made the ‘face’ of the British state’s enemy. Any success for the SNP must be diminished, or simply go unreported. Any setback for the SNP must be trumpeted as signifying the party’s imminent implosion and total eradication.
Only votes for the SNP count as votes for independence. And only if they can’t be spun as votes for (or against) something else. Votes for ‘minor’ pro-independence parties count only as votes against the SNP. These parties are then airbrushed out of politics altogether unless they are attacking the SNP, or can be presented as doing so.
The 2017 UK general election is illustrative. Despite the fact that, by every meaningful measure, the SNP came out of that election just as it went in, the result was very successful portrayed as a ‘victory’ for the Ruth Davidson Queen of the BritNats Party.
British politics is brutish. Winner takes all. Losers lose everything. And who the winners and losers are is decided at least as much by the British media as by the result of any poll.
A massive surge in support for the SNP in the European Parliament elections would be, from the perspective of the British establishment, a very bad thing. Therefore, the apparatus of the British state will be deployed in order to ensure that this surge does not happen. Or is not perceived as having happened. If some of that surge can be diverted to the Greens, that will suit the British establishment very well.
Unfortunately, there are many in the Yes movement who are so politically naive as to suppose that a vote for any pro-independence party counts the same as a vote for the SNP. It really doesn’t. Not in the brutish world of British politics.
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