My initial reaction was to scoff loudly at the notion of any mainstream newspaper being in touch with grassroots opinion in Scotland. But with input from the likes of Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp, the highly respected CEO of Business for Scotland as well as Kathleen Caskie of Women for Independence, the claim begins to look more credible.
Arguably the most significant comment, however, comes from Jason Baird, founder of the National Yes Registry. Acknowledging the need for a “strong party political base” suggests a political maturity and pragmatism that will serve the revitalised Yes movement well as the #indyref2 campaign gets going.
It is in the sensationalist nature of the media that they will spin division and discord in Scotland’s independence movement. Much of this will be malicious, of course. But even nominally pro-independence papers such as the Sunday Herald will be unable to deny their basic instincts. The tendency will be to portray the SNP’s necessary and sensible rethinking of the summer independence drive as vacillating indecision. British nationalist propagandists will try to spin every incident and utterance as a sign that the SNP is “out of touch” with the wider independence movement. It’s the old divide and rule strategy that has served the British state rather well in the past, even if at often horrific cost to those who must endure the manipulation.
But Jason Baird’s remarks indicate that it may not be so easy to drive a wedge between the grassroots Yes campaign and its de facto political arm as unionists would like. He echoes a sentiment that is becoming more and more prevalent across the diverse groups campaigning to restore Scotland’s rightful constitutional status. An acceptance, albeit reluctant and even grudging in some cases, that the SNP is absolutely crucial to the common cause of securing Scotland’s independence.
There is an unmistakable sense of people deciding that the way we win this time is by putting our combined weight behind that “strong party political base”. It was always obvious that the coming referendum campaign was going to be fundamentally different from the first one. It may well be that the most significant difference will be a unity of purpose that lends irresistible force and momentum to Scotland’s independence movement.Views: 2768
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