Articles in The National such as that proclaiming REVEALED: The number of civil servants working on independence referendum planning are like the bell Pavlov used to elicit a predictable response from his laboratory animals. The SNP loyalists will clap and cheer and never for even the briefest moment pause to question any of it. They will descend like demented Harpies on any who express the slightest misgiving or reservation. They are the worst of all possible independence supporters and as much of an impediment to an effective campaign as their bitter rivals in the Alba tribe.
More thoughtful Yes activists will examine this and similar articles and wonder where is the substance. The SNP’s “prospectus” is more party manifesto than any part of the campaign to restore Scotland’s independence. And what planning is needed for a referendum if the whole thing is to be done in the same way as the 2014 referendum – as Sturgeon seems set upon? Why, after more than seven years. have the practicalities not been worked out?
Anyone who is concerned about Scotland has to be worried about the SNP leadership’s lackadaisical attitude to the single most important thing they have been tasked with by the party members and Scotland’s voters. The dearth of anything resembling preparedness at what political aware people recognise as being very late in the day must be disturbing for anyone who is anxious the Scotland be rescued from the British Nationalist onslaught that is already well underway and proceeding at an accelerating pace totally unhindered by the SNP+SGP/Scottish Government.
While the claque of Sturgeon/SNP loyalists applaud every article such as this as if it proclaimed the most significant development in Scotland’s constitutional struggle since the SNP first came to power ALMOST FIFTEEN YEARS AGO, more reflective individuals will note the litter of qualifiers such as “legitimate and constitutional” and want to know exactly what the SNP means by them. What Sturgeon considers “legitimate and constitutional” is almost certainly very different from what others – including myself – think. We know, for example that Sturgeon remains inexplicably wedded to the Section 30 process while those of us who regard the sovereignty of Scotland’s people as non-negotiable consider an abomination anything which compromises that sovereignty.
We know, to the admittedly very limited extent that even party members are informed about such matters, that Sturgeon’s ‘plan’ is to run a Yes campaign identical in all its fundamentals to the Yes campaign for the 2014 referendum. Neither Sturgeon nor any of her inner circle show any indication of having ever asked themselves whether this is the best approach. Nobody else in the party has been permitted to ask such questions. Debating possible alternative approaches is strictly prohibited and anyone who tries is promptly crushed. Questions and concerns and suggestions and ideas and constructive criticism from outwith the party are steadfastly ignored by the leadership and shouted down by the screeching mob of mindless party loyalists.
Nothing is clarified by articles such as this other than how woefully little progress Scotland’s cause has made under Sturgeon’s leadership. Nothing is more important or urgent than the restoration of Scotland’s independence. Those who gave the SNP the power to do this have a right to expect that it will be done. We have a right to know why it hasn’t been done. We have a right to some assurance that it not only will be done but that it will be done in timely fashion and in a way that affords the best possible chance of success WITHOUT compromising the sovereignty of Scotland’s people or vitiating the democratic legitimacy of the Scottish Parliament.
Sturgeon/SNP loyalists are easily bought off by whatever baubles the party leadership tosses there way through the pages of The National. Others decline to sell their support so cheaply. We are NOT CONTENT!
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