The final sentence in Wee Ginger Dug’s column for The National today requires some explanation. Whis meant by “we”? In what ways do we “enable” the Tories to use current inquiries into the conduct of Nicola Sturgeon and her administration against Scotland’s cause?
Presumably the “we” referred to is the Yes movement. Or is it the SNP alone? Perhaps it’s bloggers. Or journalists. After all, Paul Kavanagh counts himself as a member of both these categories. But whoever it is that is supposedly doing the enabling it remains unclear what Mr Kavanagh thinks constitute the enabling actions.
In his article he refers to Ruth Davidson mouthing off about supposed shortcomings of the Scottish Government at every opportunity. But surely she would do this anyway. She hardly needs to be enabled by “us”. So what is it that “we” are doing which enables the weaponisation of the Nicola Sturgeon inquiries by the Tories? Or, more accurately, by the British establishment.
Is there something “we” are doing which were “we” to desist would disable this weaponisation? Surely it would be of great benefit were Mr Kavanagh to identify this something rather than leaving us in suspense as if preparing the market for a sequel. I can’t think of anything I’m doing which might be regarded as enabling the likes of Ruth Davidson. I simply can’t imagine her stopping her weaponising of the Sturgeon affair for any reason at all, far less because I have stopped enabling her in some way that remains a mystery.
If it is merely by discussing the Sturgeon inquiries that “we” are “enabling” the Tories to use those inquiries to attack devolution then presumably the theory is that the attacks would be disabled were “we” to stop discussing them. But that’s not quite right, is it? Not unless the idea is that it that it is only “our” discussions that are doing the enabling rather than discussion in general of the Nicola Sturgeon affair. That hardly seems credible.
The only one who might reasonably be said to be enabling these attacks is Nicola Sturgeon herself. Because it is she who is responsible for initiating the events which are now the subject of two official inquiries. The inquiries are looking at her behaviour and that of the administration for which she is responsible. Had she not instigated the events which even she herself acknowledges are worthy of two official inquiries then there would be nothing for “us” to discuss. Nothing for the British establishment to use in attacking devolution.
Only Nicola Sturgeon could have prevented or avoided the behaviours which are under investigation. Only Nicola Sturgeon had the ability to stop the chain of events instigated by Nicola Sturgeon and/or the administration Nicola Sturgeon leads before those events accumulated the critical mass no being weaponised by Ruth Davidson and the British political elite she serves.
There is no way to look at this whole situation which does not bring us back to Nicola Sturgeon as the one person who must bear responsibility. When Paul Kavanagh implies that “we” enable the use of this situation in attacks on Scotland by the forces of British Nationalism it looks very much as if he is attempting to divert or distribute blame.
Let us think very carefully about who is putting Scotland’s cause in peril. And who is enabling them.