I’m going to gloss over the stuff about ‘broad’ movements lacking any mention of the essential sharp point of effective political power. I know only too well that any talk of real-world political power is anathema to that coterie of clipboard-toting technocrats, posturing intellectuals and righteous radicals to whch Robin belongs. But there are a couple of other things that really have to be challenged.
For a start, there’s the notion that we don’t need to be talking about referendums. It’s like Robin hasn’t noticed that the mighty machinery of the British state is currently mobilised in an effort to prevent a new independence ever happening. It’s like he supposes we can just skip the bit where we affirm and defend Scotland’s right of self-determination against a British nationalist movement absolutely determined to deny us that right.
The reality (apologies for intruding, guys!) is that, right now, mandate for a new referendum. She has the approval of the Scottish Parliament. What she yet lacks is public demand evident enough that it cannot be denied by any but the most fanatical British nationalists with no compunction about looking like complete fools.
What I heard from our First Minister was a barely-coded request that we set about building that demand, and the evidence for it. Only then, when our right to that referendum is established beyond reasonable doubt and generally acknowledged by all but the real anti-democratic bigots, can we take a bit of a break from talking about referendums.
Then there’s this –
“But now Davidson holds the balance of power in the UK. She commands 13 MPs who represent the Tories’ tenuous grip on power.”
To be honest, when I first read this I thought it might be a joke. A facetious reference to Ruth Davidson’s comical pretensions. I’m still not sure I should be taking it seriously. I half expect a reply imploring me to ‘lighten up’ and ‘get a sense of humour’.
I’ll risk the rebukes, and point out that the statement is the most atrocious nonsense on a number of levels. The notion of Davidson’s 13 MPs holding the “balance of power” at Westminster is risible. This is not a separate party. These are Tories. They take their orders from their party bosses in London. Which makes the stuff about Davidson being in ‘command’ every bit as laughable as the idea of these British Tories from North Britain as some sort of rogue political force holding Theresa May to ransom on behalf of the common folk of Scotlandshire.
I get Robin’s point about treating Davidson AS IF she’s a real leader of a real party with real influence. But I’m not sure he makes it clear enough that this is no more than a pretence – a device for the purposes of ensuring Colonel Bull-Straddler is blamed for all the stuff that oozes out of Theresa May as she squats over Scotland.Views: 1972
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