Let’s face it! Jo Swinson is not a great thinker. She takes shallowness to the quantum level. Her only hope of appearing clever is to stand next to Richard Leonard. If Jo Swinson was having a cup of tea with Nicola Sturgeon, she’d be the third most intellectually acute thing in the room.
Like pretty much every British Nationalist I have ever encountered – online or in what is tentatively labelled ‘real life’ – Swinson is not just ignorant of Scotland’s independence movement, she is stubbornly and even proudly ignorant. For British Nationalists, it is a badge of honour to be so contemptuously dismissive of Scotland’s distinctive political culture as to know less than nothing about it. No British Nationalist, and certainly no British Nationalist politician would dare show any sign of having given the nature of Scotland’s civic nationalism a moment’s thought. To actually research the matter would be tantamount to heresy.
Jon Swinson is ‘interesting’ only for the fact that, being far too self-regarding to use silence as a means of drawing a veil over her witlessness, she offers the adventurous observer a glimpse into the mind of a fairly typical British Nationalist ideologue. British Nationalist ideologues will doubtless be offended by the suggestion that Jo Swinson is characteristic of their cult. But avoiding giving offence to British Nationalist fanatics is hardly a priority.
When you hear someone say “They’re all the same!”, or some variation thereof, you should know that you are listening to an individual who is too intellectually indolent and/or cognitively limited to discern distinctions. An individual who is simply not equipped to analyse beyond the most superficial level. A fool.
Jo Swinson is a fool. She is a fool on several counts. She is a fool because she cannot contemplate the possibility of different kinds of nationalism. She is a fool because she cannot, on account of the rigid British Nationalist dogma she embraces, acknowledge the distinctiveness of Scotland’s political culture. She is a fool because she allows her attitudes and conclusions to be formed on the basis of prejudice and prejudgement. She is a fool because she is a British Nationalist who has adopted British Nationalist propaganda as truth. And she is a fool because she can’t keep her mouth shut long enough for the impression of dumb windbaggery to fade.
Ruth Davidson has been toppled from her rickety throne and deprived of her tawdry crown! The elevation of Jo Swinson has begun. She has established her credentials as the kind of bigoted buffoon the British media love to foist upon a gullible public as ‘The Next Great Thing’. All hail the new Queen of the BritNats!
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