For years I’ve written about little else but Scottish politics and more specifically the constitutional issue. Of late, I have become increasingly persuaded that this is now a pointless exercise. I have nothing new to say and nobody is listening anyway. I have tried always to present a particular if not a unique perspective. I have endeavoured to be always realistic and rational even when the urge to go with my anger and frustration has been powerful. The greatest compliment I get is when people tell me I’ve put into words exactly what they are thinking. But there’s only so long a person can go on banging their head against a wall.
I detest repeating myself. And now that is all I ever do. I’m writing the same things now as I was two, five and even ten years ago. There’s a reason for that. But I’ve also been writing about that for just as long. Too long.
I never wanted to stop being part of Scotland’s independence movement. I remain totally persuaded that Scotland’s independence must be restored as a matter of urgency and for reasons of constitutional justice which are perfectly sufficient without any further trappings. But there is no independence campaign to be part of any more. It has disintegrated and been replaced with a plethora of factional squabbles that do nothing for Scotland’s cause and which I want no part of.
I have only stuck with this so long because having done it for so long I’m at a loss to know what else I might do. But I know I have to do something else. And after getting my obesity issue under control in barely more than a year I know I am capable of making changes to my life – even as I approach my 71st birthday. A new year is always a good time for a fresh start. So that’s what will happen.
I’m closing down this blog until January when it shall return in a different form. I’m not entirely sure what that form will be. But I do know it will be less concentrated on the constitutional issue – which I’m increasingly persuaded is a lost cause.
This is not a flounce. Although I accept that some will inevitably portray it as such. I have taken a break before without giving notice and I’m aware that it isn’t a good idea – for a number of reasons. So this is just to advise anyone who might be interested that I’ll be gone for some time. Just not as long as I might if I were wandering off into the freezing polar void. In the meantime, it’ll be the meantime. That’s really all that can be said about it.
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