Where is the spirit?

Truly depressing stuff from Nicola Sturgeon. I read the headline ‘This was the day independence became completely inevitable‘ and immediately supposed our First Minister was at last going to say something that at least hinted at the possibility that she might be on the verge of considering actually doing something to bring about the restoration of Scotland’s independence. But, having scoured the article all I find is well-worn platitudes and stern condemnation tagged on as an afterthought to yet more of our First Minister’s obsession with England’s Brexit.

Of course, Brexit will adversely affect Scotland. But only if we, the people of Scotland allow it. And to prevent it we need our First Minister to step up. We need her to be bold and decisive. We need her to be entirely focused on Scotland’s cause and not the forlorn cause of trying to rescue England from the consequences of its own democratic choices.

It is patent nonsense to say that “a No-Deal Brexit was not on the ballot paper in 2016”. Of course it bloody was! It is the default outcome of invoking Article 50. If England’s voters were unaware of this before the 2016 EU referendum then that’s down to their politicians, their media and their own reluctance to make an effort to inform themselves. But the result of that referendum stands regardless.

The people of England are getting precisely what they voted for. And it is being delivered by politicians who have all the mandate the British political system requires. What Boris Johnson is doing may be outrageous, but in terms of the ‘British constitution’ it is totally legitimate.

So why is Scotland’s First Minister – whose first responsibility is, by definition, to Scotland – so insistent on trying to “work with others” within the British political system to undo something that is a product of the British political system? Why is she not primarily concerned with the fact that the Union allows this product to be imposed on Scotland?

What will it take for the First Minister to realise and/or recognise that Brexit is merely a symptom and that the Union is the disease? What will it take for her to stop putting her faith in a British political system which is so plainly deleterious to Scotland’s interests?

What does the British political elite have to do to really piss her off to the point where Nicola Sturgeon admits that she must break the Union that places Scotland at the mercy of the likes of Boris Johnson?

Our First Minister looks forward to Holyrood going back into session next week and the Referendums Bill resuming its leisurely parliamentary progress. But she does so immediately after acknowledging the threat to the Scottish Parliament that many of us have been aware of for years. It’s almost as if she trusts Boris Johnson not to ‘suspend’ the Scottish Parliament as casually and arbitrarily as he did the British parliament. That is depressing.

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12 thoughts on “Where is the spirit?

  1. Independence is not inevitable Nicola!

    You need to make it happen. Just by saying something, does not make it so. Actions create nations , not affirmations.

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  2. When they ‘suspend’ the Scottish Parliament, Nicola will say it is an ‘outrage’. It will be followed by an email to everyone on their sucker list, asking for a donation to help with the campaign to ‘restore the Scottish Parliament’.

    I guess Nicola, Mike Russell and the rest looked at what happened to the Catalans, and decided they didn’t fancy it, no matter how remote the possibility of it happening here.

    I’d still love to think that she’s playing a blinder, knowing things that we don’t, but very difficult to believe it now.

    Can’t see this ending well.

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    1. “When they ‘suspend’ the Scottish Parliament, Nicola will say it is an ‘outrage’.” That’s the way I’m seeing this as well.

      There doesn’t have to be a plan. There is time to accelerate the approval of the referendum legislation and to authorise a referendum to be held close to the end of October. As time is of the essence, there would be no postal voting. If the result was a Yes, the Scottish Government could invoke the United Nations Resolution 1514 (XV) approved 14 December 1960

      “All peoples have the right to self-determination; by virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.

      All armed action or repressive measures of all kinds directed against dependent peoples shall cease in order to enable them exercise peacefully and freely their right to complete independence, and the integrity of their national territory shall be respected.”

      All we would need after that was for other countries to recognise this independence.

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      1. Absolutely correct. And all that would be required for that international recognition is that the process should be open and democratic. British laws would have no bearing on the matter. As the British state itself argued in the ICJ Kosovo case.

        I still maintain that the best way forward is a confirmatory referendum on a proposal to dissolve the union as passed by the Scottish Parliament. The Scottish Government MUST seize control of the process.


  3. Jeggit: ” There is no plan”

    He is correct. This idea that there is some kind of master plan being hidden in the background. Is pure fantasy. The plan was to get a section 30. When that was refused then it scuppered Nicola’s timetable. She is winging it. Hopeful that circumstances will have a cause and effect.

    In other words she needs to make a plan following what has just happened.

    Independence is not inevitable. Nothing is inevitable in politics. People need to stop saying it is.

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  4. I have very reluctantly come to the conclusion that not only is there no plan, but there never was, and that independence was never really on the agenda. I have not the slightest doubt that Nicola Sturgeon believes in independence for Scotland, just not on her watch, I’m afraid.

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  5. If the Scottish Government does not introduce an Act resiling the Treaty of Union and revoking the Act of Union, someone else needs to act to bring this about. There must be a petition directly to the Parliament. I live in Wales so cannot start it. Can you, Peter? Someone must act!


  6. Been clear for some long while. She and her cadre have no intention of liberating Scotland. She and they have to go before there will be any chance of independence. Unity is useless if the leadership of the SNP, the tip of the spear, has no intention of hitting the target.

    Better to topple the old guard, install a leadership focused on the goal of independence, than waste time and opportunity after opportunity with these grifters (I had high hopes for Angus MacNeil but he turned out to lack strategic vision).

    You think you can scare Sturgeon into action?

    Good luck with that.


  7. Deeply worrying for me now.

    When Salmond was the boss. We always knew that he was one of us and he would always have a master plan. He made a few minor errors along the way, for sure. But when he was off balance, he quickly resolved any crisis.

    What we are all feeling now is a crisis in confidence. Can any of us really feel confident about what will happen next? Nicola seems to be constantly being led by events. She is not being pro-active. She is being re-active.

    When an enemy knows this, they will always win.

    Not once in the last 3 years has Nicola done something which has completely thrown our enemies. She was dealing with the weakest prime minister in history and never truly laid a glove on her.

    Events are things that happen all around us. We can’t control them. But we can steer ourselves on a different path , if we so choose.


  8. “…I still maintain that the best way forward is a confirmatory referendum on a proposal to dissolve the union as passed by the Scottish Parliament…”

    We still require to win that referendum, Mr Bell. Having talked to some Quebecois during the last indyref, their warnings still echo in my mind. However, as I have said, if that is the majority view, so be it. I just wish the SNPG would run a parallel action in the International Court of Justice where Westminster’s and Whitehall’s sticky fingers cannot reach.


  9. I keep coming back to Chelsea Manning’s words. “We don’t need more or better leaders, we need someone willing to fight”.

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