To be scrupulously fair, it isn't easy trying to find new ways of saying the same thing over and over week after week. I could almost sympathise. I have to try and find new ways of responding to this vacuous drivel. I know what a grinding, joyless, soul-sucking chore it can be. But any fellow-feeling I might have quickly evaporates in the heat of my anger at being taken for a fool. Angry, too, on behalf of all the others who are being treated so shabbily by the SNP's chief enthuser.
This is the kind of idiocy politicians come out with when they're obliged to fill air time or the space between quotation marks.
SNP members in the Edinburgh Central constituency will have their own views on the matter of how the independence campaign should be taken forward.
The movement for Scotland to be an independent European nation can only be realised from Holyrood.
We know what the "key" is. We've been handing that key to the SNP for thirteen years. We know we will have to hand them that key again in 2021. What we need to know is when are they going to use that key.
The point I'm making is that it was perfectly possible to start planning for a new referendum immediately the result of the first one was known. Even if some wound-licking time was required there has been at least five years in which the not inconsiderable resources of the SNP could and should have been devoted to developing at least the bones of a campaign strategy.
I'm sure readers of The National are obliged to Angus Robertson for pointing out that "Scotland’s future is currently not in the hands of the people in Scotland". We should all be grateful to him for reminding us that "Our future is being determined by people we did not vote for and [who] do not … Continue reading Telling it how it isn’t
What I take from this article is that the SNP is content to let things play out under the auspices of a malignant child-clown on the assumption that this will somehow lead to the restoration of Scotland's independence.
The political landscape has changed dramatically since the first Scottish independence referendum.
In terms of political campaigning, what matters is engagement. Getting people to listen. Inducing them to think. Provoking them to act.