We would do well to remember that, just as the SNP isn't the whole independence movement, so the leadership is not the entire party.
There's not much "intellectual rigour" evident in Jim Sillars's pettily dismissive attitude to the AUOB marches. Marches and rallies have been a feature of reform campaigns for as long as there have been such things. If they served no useful purpose or were detrimental to the cause I reckon somebody would have noticed before now. … Continue reading Intellectual rigour
The issue is simple. If there is to be a referendum in the "second half of 2020" or "before the end of 2020" then there must be a process by which that can happen. This process cannot be secret. It cannot be known only to Nicola Sturgeon and a few trusted colleagues. Options are not unlimited. If Nicola Sturgeon can work out what this process is, so can Boris Johnson's advisers.
The term UDI is used by the British state to imply that the act of restoring Scotland's independence is somehow improper if it is done without their approval. It is easy to understand why the British political elite would wish to promulgate such a belief. It is impossible to understand why the people of Scotland would accept such curtailment of our right of self-determination.
I think we have to be very cautious about this story of a new Yes organisation. On the surface, it looks very like Jim Sillars and Robin McAlpine trying to seize ownership of the Yes movement and bring it under the control of factions whose support for independence is conditional on a narrow policy agenda. … Continue reading Dubious plotting
Jim Sillars is very popular. He is, with some justification, regarded as a stalwart of the independence movement. For this reason, there is a tendency in certain quarters for his pronouncements to be received rather more uncritically than is, perhaps, wise.In the first place, we must always keep in mind the fact that Mr Sillars … Continue reading Just Jim
Jim Sillars: A concerned grandfatherJim Sillars is, of course, fully justified in being deeply concerned about the consequences for Scotland of a No vote that will empower people whose purpose is to keep power from the people.I was among the first to write about what a No vote would mean for Scotland more than two … Continue reading Please stay: A response to Jim Sillars’s essay in the Daily Record
Jim Sillars - visionary or liability?I see Jim Sillars is at it again - Alex Salmond has become a liability to the Yes campaign – and could cost them the referendum, says Jim Sillars. The fact that he is winning enthusiastic support and encouragement from the anti-independence campaign should give him pause for thought. But … Continue reading Sniping Sillars