We now focus our full energies on developing the independence case in anticipation of the referendum vowed next year.Alex Salmond
This is precisely what the SNP is doing. And what the Scottish Green Party is doing. And what the Independence for Scotland party is doing. And what countless other pro-independence parties and organisations and groups are doing. It may be that by some miracle of coincidence they are all developing the same “case”. Or by an only slightly less miraculous happenstance, “cases” which complement each other rather than conflicting horribly.
Vastly more like is that this plethora of parties and overabundance of organisations and glut of groups will produce a dizzying welter of contradictions and inconsistencies. The Yes campaign will be diffused and diluted just as in the first referendum.
Inevitably, there will be tension between and among the parties advocating “cases” which cannot coexist peacefully in the environment of a political contest. Just as inevitably, these parties will expend as much or more of their efforts and resources fighting one another than they devote to Scotland’s cause.
In short, it is a recipe for disaster.
Arses need to be kicked. Heads must be banged together. Scotland’s entire political class is betraying the nation in the name of partisan interests and personal ambition and perhaps a few even less worthy motives. Everybody agrees that the independence movement must unite. Nobody is prepared to make the necessary compromises. Everybody wants unity on their own terms. The independence movement cannot and will not unite until every individual within the independence movement discards partisan interests and policy agendas so as to focus on the one thing all can agree on – #DissolveTheUnion.
It is obvious that the parties themselves will not take the lead on this. The various factions within the Yes movement are even less well-disposed to setting aside their dogma and concentrating on the fight to restore Scotland’s independence. That quote from Alex Salmond reflects an attitude that is common to all the factions and splinter groups. They’re all insistent on doing their own thing. They’ll each put in a colour and it’ll come out grey. Causes don’t prosper by means of a grey campaign.
If our political leaders won’t put Scotland first then it is down to individuals to correct this. Scotland’s cause needs more rebels. All Alba has done is take potential rebels and neutralise them. People left the SNP to join Alba as an act of rebellion. But all that’s happened is that these rebels have been defanged. They’ve been rendered ineffective. The energy that might have been part of a mighty sword in the hands of the Yes campaign has been diverted to the petty squabbles of party politics and policy agendas.
There may still be time to correct this. If the independence movement goes into a referendum campaign in its present condition WE WILL LOSE! That is as much of a certainty as you’ll get in politics. Not only does the Yes movement have none of the things it needs to fight a successful campaign it has all the things that might prevent it from fighting an effective campaign. The keywords for an effective campaign are Solidarity! Focus! Discipline!. Either we acquire these attributes PDQ or WE WILL LOSE!
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