The problem for Nicola Sturgeon is, not that she is “basing the campaign on Europe” but that this is how it will be portrayed by the media regardless of what the First Minister intends. In general, the mainstream media simply isn’t up to the task of presenting the complexities and nuances of real-world politics. Even if there was any capacity for more profound analysis, there is no appetite for it. Neither in-depth analysis nor even an honest and straightforward recounting of facts are compatible with the imperatives of sensationalism and an undisguised political agenda.
It’s all black and white. It’s all good and bad. There can’t possibly be more than one reason or explanation for anything. Issues are not explored. They are depicted, starkly and simply, in whatever way best serves the financial and ideological interests of the organ concerned and its clients. Reality is whatever set of manufactured truths come to form the cosy consensus of the media.
Bruce Crawford hints at the reality behind this caricature of our politics. Brexit is not the sole ‘trigger’ for a new independence referendum. It is merely the most obvious example of the British state’s abject failure to deliver the prospectus on which a No vote was extorted from the people of Scotland in 2014. Brexit is only part of the wider political context in which #ScotRef is being held.
The reality is that a new referendum was absolutely required and totally justified even without Brexit.
The fatal flaws that have existed at the heart of the Union from its inception now loom massive in our political discourse. For all the desperate and childish wishful thinking of Ian Murray and others, the genie is not going back in the bottle. The first independence referendum asked questions about the nature of the Union in a voice so loud that it could not be ignored. The response of the British establishment has answered those questions. The reality of our current constitutional arrangement has been scrutinised as never before. And it has been found severely wanting by all but the few who are well served by this anachronistic, anomalous and dysfunctional arrangement, and the slightly larger group who are too comfortably complacent or blankly apathetic to care about even the grossest affronts to democracy and the most blatant disrespect for the people of Scotland.
Everything that has happened since September 2014 has served to demonstrate the extent to which the Union fails Scotland. Brexit is but one part of a much larger and very ugly picture.Views: 1934
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