BLIND LOYALTY TAKES YOU NOWHERE.
Ever since I started writing this blog every time I have questioned the absence of any visible strategy from the SNP to move Independence forward I have faced a tirade of abuse from the”my party right or wrong brigade” , who assure me that there is no problem and that there is a “secret plan” that exists and that Nicola is playing “cards close to her chest” and that she does not want to give any hint about when she plans to “spring the trap”. Now, if any of that is true, she is playing a cracker and it must be one hell of a plan because all I see at the moment is the Independence cause taking blow after blow with no obvious fight back or strategy to defend Scotland from those attacks. What worries me even more, it is not any of the elected or senior members that tell me that, it is followers from the grassroots who are the “convinced”, the “ certain”. I think they should worry about that. I do not claim these senior people would tell me about any plan but I am sure some would “steer” me away if what I was writing was wrong or unfair and they knew a clever plan existed.
We are just witnessing the last few bars of the Grand Old Duke of York strategy being played out in the Brexit Theatre. Having very publicly promised that the SNP would not allow “Scotland to be dragged out of the Single Market against our wishes” and pledging our opposition to a No Deal. Asking for mandates and being granted mandate after mandate, they now lie unused and having spent four and a half years mouthing meaningless soundbites, including trying to “save” England from what they voted for, we now find ourselves tomorrow facing a vote in the Commons where our representatives have been ordered by the leadership to vote for a No Deal rather than the desperately poor deal on offer. It is quite unbelievable. The SNP voting for NO DEAL! Make no mistake that will be label attached to our actions if we put our own heads in the noose.
Even when faced with only the choices of abject failure, the order goes out urging the completely wrong choice. We should have no part of it, Scotland, having been ignored and ridiculed throughout, should have no part of it. WE SHOULD ABSTAIN AND THEN MOST OF OUR MP’S SHOULD BE PACKING THEIR THINGS AND RETURNING TO SCOTLAND TO TAKE UP THE REAL BATTLE FOR INDEPENDENCE. We should be letting the World see we want no part of it. There is widespread agreement we need to build international support, here is a huge opportunity to attract that support and signal to nations all over the World that we are serious about becoming Independent. Favourable opportunities like this don’t occur very often, it could be many years, if ever, that such an opportunity will present itself again. We must grab it with both hands.
Please note I suggest most of our MP’s should return North. We need to maintain a limited presence, because the SNP finances dictate they are reliant on the short money that comes from being the third party in Westminster to pay staff costs and salaries. Jobs and salaries that would not exist without Westminster’s money.
Another thing I hear regularly is how silly I am to suggest we should turn the constituency vote in next May’s elections into a independence referendum. Have I not noticed we are in the middle of a pandemic? My answer to that is there seems to be no sign that anybody is planning to cancel the elections. There seems no opposition to Scotland going to the polls and the successful candidates being granted more years in Parliament and the salaries that go with it. Other countries are managing to go to the polls. It’s a strange type of virus that can be averted when it comes to electing a Government in a General Election but only becomes lethal if the word Independence is on the ballot paper!
Our “strategy” is a do nothing strategy. Our leader is out of politics, there can be no referendum, voluntarily mind you, until the pandemic is over. Sorry that is wrong, it was recently extended, again voluntarily, until the “effects” of the pandemic has passed. God knows when that will be.
Even then if current policy is to be followed it is dependent on those nice folk down at Westminster, you know the folk plundering our resources daily, having a cataclysmic conversion to morality and granting Scotland the much desired “gold standard”. Fat chance!
It gives me no pleasure to say this but if our leader has decided to concentrate on Covid and its effects then we need another political leader to take on the key role of pushing the Independence agenda forward. We are getting trampled on that front at the moment. They have run all over us, ignored us and bludgeoned Brexit through. They have built and staffed an alternative Civil Service organisation in Edinburgh through the Scottish Office ready to replace the Scottish Government if required. They are stripping powers away from our Parliament and we are powerless to stop them. While our team walked off the park because we thought Covid 19 had stopped the game, their team have played on and have been busy scoring goal after goal at our expense.
I don’t believe there is any secret plan. I don’t believe Nicola has any cards left to clutch anywhere, I don’t believe there is or was any clever trap. I believe the current SNP leadership have had a strategy by pass and while the heart of the movement, the activist base is still beating effectively, a lot of the vital organs are needing nourished and the brain is in desperate need of more oxygen. The oxygen of new ideas, direction, determination and an aggressive strategy. The years of the gradualist snail pace have got to come to an end.
2021 will see this come to a head. The manifesto is key. It must be an Independence Manifesto, that is what Scotland wants. No Hate Crime Bill nonsense, no GRA or any of the convenient diversions some folk built their internal power bases on. Folk that in the main no longer prominently feature, having been the first casualties as the ordinary membership took the initial steps to reclaim their INDEPENDENCE Party back.
The perfect storm is before us, the polls are encouraging, Westminster is both unpopular and in disarray. The Westminster Government are crooks and charlatans busy raiding the public purse to enrich their friends and donors, many billions of pounds have been squandered in this way. The UK performance on Covid has been abysmal while the leadership claim they are world beating. The World laughs in disbelief. They have insulted the whole of Europe and even now try to present a terrible deal that takes everyone backwards as some sort of success.
Now is the time to strike, catch them off guard, turn May into a referendum using the constituency vote. Announce that tomorrow, let the World see we are serious. Make that Scotland’s response. Honour your word and you will have every Independence supporter and the vast majority of remainers in the country behind you. Let that be your “secret plan”, throw the cards from your chest onto the table and let us be having them once and for all!
Circumstances will never be better than now. This is the golden opportunity. Let us take it.
I am, as always
Yours for Scotland
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I will be posting more blogs shortly, not every day as before, but frequently as and when issues arise. I hope you all enjoyed a Merry Christmas and I wish everyone a Happy New Year. Exciting times ahead…..I hope!