I’m finding all this indignant outrage and ‘poor us’ politicking from the SNP leadership really hard to stomach. It was their choice to prioritise Brexit over independence. Many of us were quite unable to discern what they hoped to achieve by this. Now wee what appears to be the outcome – Scotland being dragged out of the EU against our will and on the worst terms imaginable. What the hell did they think was going to happen?
Even before the EU referendum, it was perfectly obvious to those of us whose views are considered worthless by the SNP hierarchy that the only way to ensure the will of Scotland’s people was respected was to dissolve the Union. It was clear to us that the SNP’s posturing on the Brexit issue was pointless and to the detriment of Scotland’s cause. It always seemed plainly evident that the SNP was never going to have any influence over the final form of Brexit, far less stop it altogether.
Think for a moment how different things might be if the SNP had spent the last four years working on getting Scotland out of the Union rather than trying to save England from its own folly. Consider that the party which proudly proclaimed its ambition to foil the Mad Brexiteers lacked the ambition to defend us against the iniquities of British Nationalism.
Nothing has been gained. The policy of focusing all but entirely on Brexit while leaving the independence issue to simmer has brought us absolutely nothing. The mythical Brexit effect has yet to have any impact on the polls. After all that shmoozing with EU leaders they’ve struck a deal with the Brits that could prove ruinous for Scotland. It’s a massive failure of political strategy.
And still we are told that we must not question Nicola Sturgeon’s commitment to the Section 30 process. Nicola knows best! Have faith in Nicola! Time was when I would have gone along with that. But I am a realist. I have to go with the evidence. And, right now, all the evidence suggests that there is something seriously amiss with the Scottish Government’s strategic thinking.
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