Most importantly, members were regard as a resource. Not merely as labour for election campaigns. Members were valued a source of ideas. Members' participation in the policy development process was so essential as to be taken for granted. It was a good way of running a political party. It was a sensible way of running a political party. Looking at this conference set-up it is difficult to find any trace of that sense.
I read what Nicola Sturgeon actually said and I see a form of words which gives the impression of a promise whilst giving no concrete undertaking.
By now you will all be familiar with Pete Wishart's vacuous and fantastical take on the way to restore Scotland's independence and Alyn Smith's pompous and self-aggrandising opinions on what the SNP is and should be - whether the majority of members agree or not. If not, steel yourself for wading through the sludge of … Continue reading Restoration
Being something of a hard-headed political realist, I recognise that the British state must inevitably use the SNP's commitment to the Section 30 process against the independence movement.
Don't tell me the British are panicking! I'm not stupid and I will not be patronised! They are not panicking! They are calmly, coolly and arrogantly going about the business of protecting and advancing their own narrow interests at the expense of anyone they can push the cost onto. Scotland being at the head of that particular queue! They are perfectly relaxed; leaning against the Union knowing it will protect them so long as they preserve it.
Scotland's cause needs the SNP. That's just cold, hard realpolitik denied only by self-indulgent fantasists. But if we need the SNP we need the SNP to be fit for our purpose. That it presently isn't is all to apparent. In part because of its reluctance to make the commitment required of it ahead of the 2021 Scottish Party election. Partly on account of the party's internal troubles. While the former is a matter for the Yes movement as a whole, the latter is entirely a matter for SNP members.
It says something about the persistence of national identity that the ancient nation of Scotland survived the Union as more than just an annexed territory of England-as-Britain. More than just a premium brand and a tourist destination. More than merely a source of labour, skills and fodder for the British war machine.
It is vital that we properly understand the British establishment in order that we may choose our weapons and formulate our campaign strategy accordingly. At present, the Scottish Government's approach to the constitutional issue assumes that a new referendum will be in all significant ways a repeat of the first one. This is a fatally mistaken idea. Especially when combined with the folly of believing tales of terrified Tories.
What is the point of asking the people of Scotland what their opinion is when their opinion counts for absolutely nothing?
Rather than the now routine outrage at some British politician's lies it might have been more interesting and thought-provoking to consider why this phrase is being so enthusiastically weaponised by the British political elite and their lackeys in the British media.