Beware of lying SNP apologists

It is hardly uncommon these days to encounter SNP apologists on social media and in the below-the-line comments facility on The National’s website. For the most part, these are evidently rather unintelligent individuals capable only of the standard #WheeshtForIndy drivel calling critics of their party liars, traitors, closet Unionists, MI5 agents or whatever. Occasionally, however, you may encounter a more practised and slick deceiver. I came across one of those today and thought it might be useful to illustrate my point.

A particular focus of the SNP loyalists has been an effort to convince people that the SNP really does intend to deliver a proper, meaningful, decisive constitutional referendum next year. Many doubt that the SNP+SGP/Scottish Government will deliver a referendum at all. Understandably given Nicola Sturgeon’s record, they reckon she’ll find a way to wriggle out of it. If it’s not Covid it’ll be Ukraine and if it’s not Ukraine it’ll be something else. She has form

I don’t agree with this perspective. I no longer doubt that Sturgeon intends to hold a referendum. My very, very strong suspicion is that she will get around the problem of both keeping her promise to the people of Scotland and avoiding confrontation with the British state by holding a referendum that is so meaningless that not even the British can object to it.

The SNP loyalists, meanwhile, are also aware of the growing antipathy to the Section 30 process. So they have set about trying to convince people that Sturgeon has no intention of requestion a Section 30 order. They claim that she plans on “bypassing” the Section 30 process. These people are what I feel obliged to call lying bastards. Allow me to demonstrate. One of these lying bastard SNP loyalists posted the following as part of a longer comment on George Kerevan’s article in The National today.

For example, the ‘new idea’ of a Constitutional Convention (currently emerging from Alba, and touted as a new alternate route to indy?), is already an option embedded in SNP policy back in 2019 (probably earlier, but it was just a quick search on that occasion). The SNP put it aside in favour of using a referendum, for a time favouring the S30. But more recently (January 2021), policy has shifted to favour using an S30-bypassing consultative referendum run entirely by Holyrood. Funny how some seem to get stuck quoting the late 2019 position of favouring the S30, but didn’t notice the more recent change? Are they trying to mislead everyone? If so, why?

The emphasis is mine. The first thing to note is the use of the term “consultative referendum” by someone who presents themself as some kind of expert on SNP policy – if not an actual spokesbladder for the party. This is the first time I have seen it openly admitted that the intention is to offer a totally unsatisfactory consultation exercise instead of an opportunity to exercise our right of self-determination. I doubt if Nicola Sturgeon will be pleased to have this cat out of the bag.

The following is from the SNP’s 2021 election manifesto.

The SNP is clear the referendum must be capable of bringing about independence and therefore it must be accepted as legitimate and constitutional at home and abroad.

As the Scottish Government, we will discuss with the UK Government the necessary transfer of power to put a referendum beyond legal challenge and in the hands of the Scottish Parliament. For the UK government to refuse to do so would be both undemocratic and unsustainable.

Let’s pick this apart and compare it with the claims of the lying bastard.

The first thing we note is that the manifesto is promising a referendum that is “capable of bringing about independence”. A consultative referendum as stated by the lying SNP loyalist is not “capable of bringing about independence”. It is little better than an attitude survey and will carry no weight whatsoever. Who can imagine the international community accepting as “legitimate and constitutional” an exercise that is but a glorified opinion poll?

Then we get the really devious bit. The manifesto assures us the Scottish Government will “discuss with the UK Government the necessary transfer of power to put a referendum beyond legal challenge”. In other, more honest words, they will request a Section 30 order. This is just a sleekit way of avoiding explicit mention of something that is increasingly unpopular. IIt allows lying bastard SNP loyalists to pretend that the Section 30 process has been dropped. It hasn’t! On the contrary, the manifesto implies as strongly as ever that only the Section 30 process can allow a referendum that is “legitimate and constitutional”. The commitment to the Section 30 process is as strong as ever.

Do not be deceived by these lying bastards!



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7 thoughts on “Beware of lying SNP apologists

  1. Potter is that far up Sturgeons arse it would take a crowbar to prise him out. He likes to portray himself as the SNP member know-it-all.

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  2. “… This is the first time I have seen it openly admitted that the intention is to offer a totally unsatisfactory consultation exercise instead of an opportunity to exercise our right of self-determination. I doubt if Nicola Sturgeon will be pleased to have this cat out of the bag… ”

    Of course that is the form that will be chosen, Peter, if any is chosen. It’s what they did with the GRA reform consultation, all the while ensuring that women were sidelined. They will not only make it a consultation exercise, but they will ensure that no actual consultation makes the slightest difference because the answer has already been provided by the party apparatchiks. It’s called a sleight of hand. Many, of course, will be fooled, but, just as it was with the GRA reform consultation, they will ensure that the Scottish independence supporters are sidelined and only the Unionist and other non-independence voices will be heard.

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  3. This fits with the total absence of any meaningful work on the issues .On the back foot all the way and doomed to fail. Make the Unionists justify their position against all evidence to the contrary ? No, let’s keep tugging the forelock and not spook the soft noes of legend or worse the even more mythical silent majority.

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  4. The Tories said before the 2016 election the SNP didn’t want a Ref. What Scotland voted for in 2014, Independence and to be part of the EU doesn’t seem to matter to the SNP anymore. Sturgeon speaking to Sophie Raworth stated the Ref bill would be put to Parlament in a couple of weeks this was in January 2022, the SNP are now saying just after May’s elections. Come May I wouldn’t dream of puting a tick next to the SNP or the Greens.

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  5. Yes the same lying scumbag was making the same or similar sleekit multiple comments regarding Mike Russell’s commitment to ‘honouring the mandate’ (https://www.thenational.scot/news/20041012.michael-russell-tells-arbroath-independence-rally-scotland-path-indyref2/#comments-anchor). For example he agreed with me that

    “we don’t need an S30, (something the SNP spotted back in 2015), but the S30 does come with a major advantage in terms of diplomatic engagement. It pre-commits GovUK to respecting the outcome of the S30 vote and entering into the talks to dissolve the Treaty of Union. In this respect, the S30 is still the gold standard for a referendum”

    That is, we don’t need a S30 but we’ll ask for one anyway. It’s also news to me, and I imagine a great many others, that the SNP ‘spotted’ this in 2015 – when did the SNP spokesfolk announce that?

    When it was pointed out to him that our gold standard is in fact the Claim of Right (1689), in that explicitly states that it is the people of Scotland who are sovereign, this prompted the following lying response:

    “The GovUK may not just roll over and say – that’s it then. It may take a bit of international pressure to get them around the negotiating table. Their record on Treaty keeping is a bit patchy.”

    So, on the one hand they’ll respect the outcome of S30 but they won’t recognise the CoR – which is it?

    The British government lie to your face without flinching mutliple times in a myriad of ways across a range of subjects … we expect that. But when he deciet comes from supposed supporters of restoring Scotland’s statehood we really are in big trouble.

    These days they call it “gaslighting”. It’s the British way. These people have adopted the ways of our rulers.

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  6. IndyLive have posted video from AUOB Arbroath.

    Hear Mike Russels here:

    “Mike Russell at AUOB Arbroath”

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