I think it’s really nice that Nicola Sturgeon understands “the frustrations that many of those who support independence feel in terms of the stance taken by the UK Government on the referendum issue“. I think it would be nicer still if our First Minister were to show some understanding of the frustrations that many independence campaigners feel in terms of the stance taken by the Scottish Government on the referendum issue. It would be quite delightful were she to give the smallest indication of even being aware of an increasing clamour for action from herself and her Ministers. But she continues to appear oblivious to this clamour.
When you see the sole of a boot about to come crashing down on your face, that is not the time to be passively pondering the pattern of the tread. That is the time to be taking evasive or defensive action.
Nicola Sturgeon says that this is the approach she is committed to. And that is precisely the problem. She committed to a very specific approach some considerable time ago and has remained immovably invested in that approach ever since. This has rendered her unable to respond flexibly to events and developments which even she says she never thought she would see.
Which only prompts the further question of why she did not consider the possibility of a far-right government in England prepared to trample all over democracy in pursuit of an extreme British Nationalist agenda. Why was she not mindful of a threat to Scotland that some people were warning about long before the EU referendum, and even before the 2014 independence referendum?
Is it any wonder some of us feel let down by the politicians we entrusted with our democracy and our nation’s future? When we see that boot about to crush everything that our government is charged with defending and protecting, are we not entitled to expect something more from our First Minister than stateswoman-like posturing and empty platitudes?
Nicola Sturgeon has been acting in a “calm, considered and consensual” way for the past five years. Five years of wasted time and squandered opportunities. Now that Scotland is teetering on the brink of an unthinkable abyss with the British political elite eager to push us over the edge, maybe it’s time for a rethink. Maybe it’s time for a different approach. Maybe it’s time to push back.
Maybe it’s time to remove the velvet glove and unleash the iron fist.
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