But the question is no longer whether Scotland could afford to be a successful independent country – the question now is whether we can afford not to be independent.Nicola Sturgeon, November 2021
From an article published on my blog in June 2020.
Some of us have for years been warning that the Union is inherently anti-democratic and that the true nature and purpose and effect of the Union needed to be conveyed to the people of Scotland. Some of us have long argued that the question should never have been whether Scotland could survive as an independent nation but whether Scotland could survive as a nation without independence. Some of us have been saying for years that what is needed is not a campaign which behaves as if independence were a nice thing we might have if we could just jump through enough of the hoops set up by the British state, but an essential condition for the survival of Scotland’s democracy and distinctive identity that is being denied us by a malign British ruling elite.Here be monsters!
It would be gratifying to believe Nicola Sturgeon is catching up with thinking on the constitutional issue that she has for years worked assiduously to exclude from discourse and debate within the SNP and the wider Yes movement. At the risk of provoking the petulant ire of Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp, however, I have to express some scepticism. If asked whether Sturgeon’s remark signals an epiphany delayed at least five years or merely a skilled political communicator making the right noises, I’d have to favour the latter.
Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp and other apologists for Nicola Sturgeon – paid and unpaid – will doubtless condemn me as the ‘wrong kind’ of independence activist unfit to be considered part of the ‘official’ Yes movement now to be considered the exclusive province of a self-appointed elite. What neither Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp nor the #WheeshtForIndy mob which patrols social media hunting down dissenting voices will do is ask why I am so sceptical about Nicola Sturgeon’s words. Just as they won’t enquire as to the reasons for me being rather less than wildly enthusiastic about ‘initiatives’ such as the launch of some new organisation or the staging of events such as the cunningly title “Progress to Yes” or activities such as the distribution of a million copies of a publication bearing a message which Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp assures us both new and old.
“Read the paper when it comes out it’s a new socioeconomic message and just what BiS has been saying for two years.” – Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp
His response to my comment that I’d reserve judgement on this new/old message until I’ve read the paper is sadly typical of the ‘othering’ of dissenting voices by SNP/Sturgeon loyalists.
“I have learned to be suspicious of such independece [sic] ‘activists’. Who all too often make sure they are first to comment and post negative comments on all positive independence stories hunting likes rather than helping the cause.”
Apparently, getting up at 05:00 and reading The National over morning coffee is enough to mark one as the ‘wrong kind’ of Yes activist. But what we should particularly note is the complete failure to address the “negative comments”. It is not the content of the criticism which has provoked this infantile tantrum but the fact of it. It’s not what the dissenting voices say that angers the likes of Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp but the fact that anybody dares to dissent at all from the Sturgeon doctrine.
Here’s another of Nicola Sturgeon’s remarks which might be taken seriously or dismissed as fodder for the gullible depending on how good your memory is.
“The time has come to take our future into our own hands with independence.”
It’s at times like this that I most miss the steely forensic journalism we used to get from Stu Campbell before he was driven from the blogosphere by the spitting, snarling gangsters of Nicola Sturgeon’s palace guard. Stu would have told us precisely how often Sturgeon has said precisely the same thing since assuming the guise of the de facto leader of Scotland’s independence movement. He would have accompanied this with solid evidence as was his constant habit and practice. And still that vicious, vitriolic mob would have denounced him as a traitor to Scotland’s cause. Stu Campbell also was the ‘wrong kind’ of Yes activist.
I can’t match Stu’s ability to muster and present facts and figures. But I know that this is very far from the first time Nicola Sturgeon has regaled us with such rousing rhetoric over the past seven years and counting. I don’t have to hand a record of every occasion she’s said this or something very similar. I’m disinclined to do the necessary research as I know it would make not the slightest dent in the faith of SNP/Sturgeon loyalists. But I know I’ve heard it all before. And I know that to date the words have not been accompanied by the action they seem to promise.
To any rational person this would surely be ample grounds for the scepticism I express. Evidently, it is not sufficient for Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp or the #WheeshtForIndy mob. I invite others to draw their own conclusions.
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