Unionist MSPs in a minority at Holyrood are not a problem for Scotland's cause. No doubt I'd cheer as loud as anybody if the likes of Jackie Baillie or Willie Rennie got kicked out by the voters. But I wouldn't cheer as long. Because I have wits enough to realise how vanishingly little good it does beyond that momentary gratification.
If one is asking what best serves Scotland's cause rather than what serves the personal and partisan agendas of the AltIndy cult then the strongest possible SNP government is the obvious answer. That means, ideally, a working majority and the biggest possible share of both votes that can possibly be achieved.
At present - and for our purposes there not only is no time like the present but no time other than the present - the only party capable of forming this pro-independence government is the Scottish National Party (SNP). That is a fact so far beyond doubt as to render questioning pointless. Even if there was a different or better answer further along the chain there is no time to get to that answer never mind implement the new solution. It's the SNP or nothing. So, regardless of any other consideration, shouldn't that be where all our efforts and resources are directed?
If social media is a concentrate of human folly and general awfulness then it is equally true that what we regard as 'the real world' is a dilute solution of the same foolishness and unpleasantness. So which offers the most accurate insight? Is the view we get of our fellow human beings in the 'real world' overly kind? Or is the view through the lens of social media excessively harsh? Can those who completely eschew social media precisely because it exposes more of the rawness of their fellow creatures than they are comfortable with really be said to have a less distorted impression of our species than those who only know the 'real world' as occasional visitors?
If your thinking isn't flawed, you recognise that the arithmetic and the plan are quite separate and different things and that the fact the arithmetic works doesn't mean the plan works. You also recognise that however amazing and wonderful the promise it is worthless if it isn't connected to the proposal by a viable plan.
Mandate! The bigger the mandate, the better equipped the Scottish Government is to confront the British state - as it must. The mandate is measured in votes. So it follows that the more votes the SNP gets, the more powerfully armed it is for the fight. You want to take votes away from the SNP. You want to weaken that mandate. (And FFS! don't start going on about unused mandates. That's the past. We're discussing a totally different situation.)
Here you come upon the important fact that every revolutionary opinion draws part of its strength from a secret conviction that nothing can be changed.George Orwell - The Road to Wigan Pier George Orwell can always be relied on for a thought-provoking quote. It's many, many years since I read The Road to Wigan Pier, … Continue reading Conveniently unchangeable
Even if your cunning plan was as cunning as the dogma claims it is, it’s a cunning plan to flood the Scottish Parliament with pro-independence MSPs. It is NOT a plan to get independence.
This is not a proposal for a one-party state as some exceptionally shallow people may shrilly insist. It is a one-party solution to a particular problem. A problem which cannot otherwise be resolved.
The following formed part of a comment on an article I posted earlier today. My emphasis. Clearly the list parties are a gamble but given nothing has happened in the past five years then blowing an election term or two to experiment with list parties might just be worth it. This follows a couple of … Continue reading Warning!