Nicola Sturgeon opines that Unionist Scots “mustn’t feel as if you are being bludgeoned towards an outcome you have not been persuaded of”. How very democratic of her. I cannot help but contrast this generosity of spirit with the attitude of the 31 MSPs who have so little regard for Scotland and its people that they would foist upon us as First Minister no less a person than Douglas Ross, knowing full well that there is no less a person than he. An individual unencumbered by dignity and unfettered by principle the better to ensure that the interests of the British state in all circumstances and for all time take precedence over the interests of the nation whose Parliament he sullies with his presence.
Such creatures are not to be persuaded. Their loyalties are fully committed elsewhere. Scotland gets from them none of the consideration Ms Sturgeon would have us lavish on them and those who elect them. Ross and his accomplices in the British parties squatting in Scotland’s Parliament have sworn fealty to the structures of power, privilege and patronage which constitute the British state. There is no possibility of persuading them that Scotland’s welfare might be sufficient reason to disrupt the established British order. Neither, we must assume, is there any possibility of persuading those who elect mindlessly fervent British Nationalists such as Ross to represent them at Holyrood. It is perfectly legitimate to judge people by what they do. And what those who elect British Nationalist MSPs do is as much an affront to democracy as is perpetrated by those who voted for him to be Scotland’s First Minister.
I do not hope that Nicola Sturgeon might explain to us how Scotland’s independence is to be restored if as her comments suggest, this is only to be done when we have achieved that idyllic condition wherein nobody is so convinced of the necessity of preserving the grotesquely anomalous Union that they must be figuratively “bludgeoned” into accepting that Scotland is worthy of having constitutional normality restored. Ms Sturgeon is no more inclined to explain this than she is the contradiction of simultaneously insisting that the powers of independence are absolutely essential to the good management of the Covid recovery process AND that she cannot countenance setting about the process of restoring those powers until she is assured that the recovery process has been or is being, successfully managed.
As a political realist I recognise that there are those who consider themselves Scottish who will never under any circumstances accept the restoration of Scotland’s independence. Principles of democracy are no impediment to their determination to preserve their ‘precious’ Union at whatever cost to the people of Scotland. There are, in short, people who will stand stubbornly in the path of Scotland’s progress regardless of the will of Scotland’s people. When that popular will is that Scotland’s independence must be restored these people will think themselves “bludgeoned” no matter how much gentle persuasion is applied to their fanaticism.
If the idea of “bludgeoning” anti-democratic British Nationalists is so abhorrent to Nicola Sturgeon as to be a hindrance to Scotland’s cause then she is no more suited to the task of leading that cause than Douglas Ross is to the role of Scotland’s First Minister.
Let us not forget that behind Douglas Ross and his ilk stands the might of a British state and its ruling elites which regard preservation of the Union as an existential imperative. Anyone who imagines their resistance to the will of Scotland’s people will be overcome other than by the mightiest bludgeon Scotland’s democracy can contrive, is a deluded fool. In the recent election we missed an opportunity to contrive that bludgeon. Had we but armed our Government and our First Minister with the means by which to confront the British political elite then they would no longer have an excuse for failing to do so. Rest assured that Nicola Sturgeon will make the fullest possible use of the excuse for inaction that the outcome of the election has bestowed on her.
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