I am grateful to Andy Anderson, Saltcoats for listing the priorities of the AltIndy cult in his letter to The National. It gives me the opportunity to point out that, if one is asking what the best outcome of the 2021 Scottish Parliament would be from the perspective of the Yes movement, only one of those priorities makes any sense – the second one.
Getting an SNP government is a bit of a no-brainer. Without that, Scotland’s cause is screwed. An SNP majority government, which Mr Anderson mentions as if as an afterthought, is also essential. Because only a majority SNP government committed to a Manifesto for Independence can possibly be effective in the inevitable confrontation with the British state. If one is asking what best serves Scotland’s cause rather than what serves the personal and partisan agendas of the AltIndy cult then the strongest possible SNP government is the obvious answer. That means, ideally, a working majority and the biggest possible share of both votes that can possibly be achieved.
If you are not working towards that end or, worse, if you are actively putting that outcome in jeopardy then you are not making the restoration of Scotland’s independence your first priority.
As mentioned, Mr Anderson’s other priorities make no sense in terms of the fight to restore Scotland’s independence. Neither does anything for Scotland’s cause. For certain, neither is worth risking the worst possible outcome – allowing the British parties to seize control of our Parliament – which is precisely the gamble the AltIndy cult is asking us to take. If we lose that gamble, we lose everything. If we ‘win’ we gain nothing.
Given the SNP majority government that we all agree is essential – even if some don’t make it their first priority – more pro-independence MSPs are totally redundant. They contribute nothing to the cause. They cannot act to restore independence. Only the Scottish Government can do that. Which is why we SHOULD be striving to make that Government as strong as possible. There is nothing that can be done with a majority of 20 that cannot be done with a majority of two. The votes which hypothetically got those AltIndy candidates would better serve Scotland’s cause as part of the Scottish Government’s mandate.
It simply is not true to claim that a vote for another pro-independence party or candidate is worth the same as a vote for the SNP. Rather obviously, a vote for the governing party strengthens the Government’s mandate. Other votes don’t. They are genuinely ‘wasted’.
Nether does reducing the representation of the British parties serve Scotland’s cause in any way. So long as they are in the minority they can do nothing whatever to stop or impede a Scottish Government intent on restoring Scotland’s independence. There might be some satisfaction in kicking out some of the British politicians who have been squatting in our Parliament. But that is all. In terms of what SHOULD be our primary objective, removing even the most unpleasant of them does us no service whatever.
In 2014 the British Nationalists succeeded in selling a No vote to the Scottish electorate on the basis of a false prospectus. The prospectus on which the AltIndy parties are selling their magical ‘solution’ is equally false. Don’t get fooled again!