In response to Stan Grodynski’s long letter in the Sunday National, I would like to point out that while I cannot speak for Kenny MacAskill or Kevin McKenna, my “political aspirations for Scotland” are ending the injustice of the Union and restoring Scotland’s independence. Perhaps Mr Grodynski would care to explain why he wants me to put these aspirations “to one side” so as to give priority to the partisan interests of the SNP and the personal ambitions of Nicola Sturgeon.
No party or politician can be immune from scrutiny. We all know how vital the SNP ─ as the party of government ─ is to Scotland’s cause. The notion that this should imply less scrutiny rather than more seems ‘counter-intuitive’, if not just plain stupid. Being essential to the process of restoring Scotland’s rightful constitutional status surely implies that it is incumbent on all who aspire to independence to ensure that the party of government is fulfilling its role in the process. Clearly, the SNP is not.
Under Nicola Sturgeon’s leadership, the fight to restore Scotland’s independence has stalled at best. By some measures it has actually gone backwards since 2014.
Evidently, some are prepared to accept this situation without dissent. Just as they are content to settle for the mock referendum we are being offered rather than embarrass Nicola Sturgeon by demanding the exercise of our right of self-determination that many (most?) of us thought we were voting for when we gave the SNP all those mandates.
I will take no lectures on how my political aspirations for Scotland might be realised from those who put their party before Scotland’s cause. I urge all who share my aspiration to combine in order to compel the Scottish Government to rethink its failed and failing approach to the constitutional issue.
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