Not good enough! If Nicola Sturgeon had ever properly connected with the Yes movement beyond the party membership; indeed, if she hadn’t so totally disconnected even from the party membership, this is the message that would be ringing in her ears. Not good enough!
It is not good enough to merely talk about a new independence referendum. We’ve heard such talk before. We’ve heard little else for the past seven years. What we want now is an absolute commitment to specified action within a defined timeframe.
It is not good enough to offer nebulous assurances about some shadowy thing at some vague point. I ask myself why you qualify your not-quite promises with phrases such as “when this current crisis has passed” when it is impossible to define such a point. I ask myself why the public health emergency presents difficulties for a referendum in Scotland but not in any other country. I ask myself how come it’s possible to have an election under prevailing conditions but not a referendum. I ask myself why I never get any kind of answer to any of these questions. What should I think other than that this is no more than a politician’s device? Why would you be saying “when this current crisis has passed” if not to provide yourself with an excuse for yet further delay once the election is over?
It is not good enough to say that we need independence to effectively address the aftermath of the pandemic while also saying that we can’t even begin the process of restoring Scotland’s independence until the aftermath is upon us. It is not good enough because it doesn’t even make any sense. The different bits of your not-quite promise don’t join up.
It is not good enough that you ask us to put our faith in you while you continue to put your faith in the very politicians and institutions you say are incapable of adequately representing our interests.In asking us to trust you, you are asking us to trust that British political elite will afford the people of Scotland the respect that they have never shown to date. By asking us to have confidence in a plan to restore Scotland’s independence that you will not describe you are asking us to have confidence that the British state will cooperate with that plan.
It’s not good enough to merely imply or hint that you a have a plan to proceed with a referendum absent a Section 30 order at the same time as you insist that a Section 30 or is required. Both things cannot be true. If a Section 30 order is required then we must accept that there cannot be a free and fair referendum. If a Section 30 order is not required then we must wonder why you continue to insist on asking for one. We cannot both wonder about such things and trust you.
It’s not good enough that you expect us to accept such paltry promises and hollow speechifying and illogical statements. If I wanted to be treated like a fool then I’d turn to one or other of the British parties. Not the least of the reasons I want our nation’s independence restored is to escape the very equivocation and prevarication and duplicitousness that I find echoed in your rhetoric.
It’s just not good enough!
It’s not good enough that you ask us to rely on your political skills when recent history provides such compelling evidence that those skills are inadequate at best. In this context the outcome and direct consequences of your recent travails are of less importance than the fact that you allowed the situation to arise – and may even have engineered it to some extent. I look back to where Scotland’s cause was six or seven years ago and ai look at where that cause lies now and a am baffled as to how so much could have been lost in so short a time and with so little apparent effort.
It’s not good enough that you try to divert and distract us with tenuously favourable polls while you have no evident plan to exploit the indicated public support for the benefit of Scotland’s cause rather than your own electoral prospects.
None of it is good enough!
We deserve better! You owe us better! DO BETTER!