Another turgid offering from Torrance which tells us… what, exactly? Nothing about Scottish politics, that’s for certain. As an observer of the Scottish political scene, Torrance is more hampered than most by his Tory leanings, his British nationalist blinkers and the bottle-bottom lens of a metropolitan perspective with a horizon barely above the backs of the green benches of Westminster.
There is but one rule by which Torrance and his ilk operate. That which is not British is wrong. And if it’s a Scottish form of non-Britishness then it isn’t just wrong, it’s malign.
His ramblings may tell us nothing about Scottish politics, but they do provide a glimpse into David Torrance’s own mind. Which might conceivably be of some small interest to those with no drying paint to observe.
The first thing to note is the way Torrance is totally taken in by the very pish that he and other British establishment propagandists peddle. I have not the slightest doubt that he genuinely believes Nicola Sturgeon to have abandoned the idea of Brexit as a trigger for a second independence referendum. He actually sees the First Minister “re-framing her goal of independence” in terms of a choice between leaving Scotland’s fate in the hands of an incompetent, corrupt and dishonest British political elite increasingly driven by a grotesque right wing ideology, and simply bringing Scotland’s government home.
More astute, if less amply rewarded, commentators will be aware that Brexit was never a ‘trigger’ for a fresh independence vote. That notion is entirely an invention of the British media. It is part of the cosy consensus among British political journalists that few within that clique have the intellectual acumen or intestinal fortitude to challenge. In the real world outside that cosy, but deluded, consensus #indyref2 was always going to happen. Brexit is merely the context within which we are moving towards another vote on restoring Scotland’s rightful constitutional status.
There is no “re-framing” of the independence argument. When Nicola Sturgeon talks of the choice Scotland must make as being between, on the one hand, an anachronistic, asymmetric, dysfunctional political union which requires us to accept that the governments we’ve elected will be overruled by governments we rejected; or, on the other hand, the normalisation of Scotland’s constitutional status, she is referring only to what the independence movement has always been about.
David Torrance might be aware of this if he hadn’t put quite so much time and effort into pretending the independence movement was something else altogether.Views: 2017
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