Nicola Sturgeon has a column in The National today.
Today I will join thousands of others in the heart of Glasgow to demand Scotland’s right to choose independence.
The First Minister of Scotland concedes that our right of self-determination is in the gift of the British political elite.
Another election win for the SNP will make the case for this country having the opportunity to decide its own future simply unanswerable.
What makes this mandate different from all those that already exist? What has changed to render “unanswerable” the case that Theresa May demonstrated was answerable by the simple expedient of not answering?
And the National’s rally today is a great chance to show Westminster that Scotland’s voice will not, and cannot, be ignored.
All experience tells us that Scotland’s voice both can and will be ignored. Again, Nicola Sturgeon fails to explain why it should be any different this time.
The question people are now faced with is whether Boris Johnson or the people of Scotland themselves should control this country’s future.
The First Minister of Scotland has declared her intention to acknowledge and validate the authority of the British Prime Minister to “control this country’s future”.
And I am confident that people across the nation will answer that question in a resounding fashion on December 12 by rejecting Johnson and his increasingly extreme right-wing government.
We’ve been rejecting those governments for years. What difference has it made? Why might it be different this time?
This election is Scotland’s chance to escape Brexit and to put our future in our own hands.
Actually, it isn’t. But it’s a great line – so long as you don’t think about it.
I could go on. But what’s the point? Nobody, least of all Nicola Sturgeon, will attempt to address any of these points. Instead, they will condemn and castigate those who not only have the audacity to think rationally about what the First Minister says and does, but the effrontery to give voice to their concerns.
Five years ago, in the aftermath of the 2014 referendum, this is not what I envisaged. I anticipated that lessons would be learned from the first referendum campaign. Following the EU referendum in 2016, my expectation was that there would be a marked change of mindset in the SNP and the Yes movement. Instead, it’s as if nothing that’s happened since 2012 has been taken on board.
Over the past eight years or so, pretty much everything in the political environment has changed – except the mindset of the SNP leadership. Their attitude to the British state has, if anything, grown more deferential. Or, at least, the deference is more explicit. Their approach to the independence campaign hasn’t developed at all. Unless you consider demanding rather than requesting permission to hold a referendum a significant development.
But, as I say, it is futile to speak of such things. Messengers will be shot.
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