Independence is not “clearly in sight”. If it was, people such as myself would have no complaints. It is precisely because there is neither a plan for nor prospect of any meaningful action to restore Scotland’s independence that increasing numbers of SNP members and other Yes activists are growing more and more restive by the hour.
Finely polished sound-bites and well-worn platitudes won’t cut it with the politically aware Yes movement. If Nicola Sturgeon wants to persuade anybody other than her unquestioningly devoted acolytes then she will have to explain what it is that she intends to actually do about restoring Scotland’s independence. She will have to give us some reason to believe that she is prepared do do whatever is necessary. She must convince us that she has a grasp of the practicalities as well as the principle.
It is no longer enough for Nicola Sturgeon to point to the gleaming prize atop a distant hill. We need to see the path that will take us there. We have supplied her with the yellow bricks. Now we need to know whether she intends to build a road or a wall.