Or it could just be that the recently announced programme for government (PfG) is simply the continuation of what the SNP administration has been doing for the past ten years. The self-regarding left, so ably represented by Jonathon Shafi, is torn between taking credit for everything that is in the PfG and following its natural inclination to attack whoever currently exercises the effective political power to which righteous radicals are so pathologically averse.
Jonathon looks at Jamie Maxwell’s ‘analysis’ of the 2017 UK general election results in Scotland and says, it must mean something. So let’s assume it means what I want it to mean. Whereas the rational observer sees yet another in an unbroken string of SNP election wins stretching back into the mists of political irrelevance, Jonathon sees a stark warning that the SNP should follow, not the course determined by the party membership; and not the manifesto upon which the party was elected to govern, but the narrow policy agenda of whatever leftist clique is currently in fashion.
What is most striking about the utterances of Mr Shafi and his ilk is the woeful naivety of it all. Behind the revolutionary rhetoric and the student union idealism, there’s an abysmal failure to realise that democratic politics is an evolutionary process. However glorious your vision may be; however worthy the end goal, there is a path to be followed. There are no shortcuts. Each step along the way must both build on what went before and provide the foundation for what comes after.
It’s all well and good having forces urging the government on. But it’s all utterly meaningless unless we have a government that is both willing to be urged and, crucially, capable of using the effective political power granted it by the electorate to construct and follow the path upon which it is being urged.
We’ve pretty much always had people taking about a better, fairer, greener and more prosperous Scotland. Now, we have a party and a government that is actually doing something about it. It would be a tragedy if that was put in jeopardy by a bunch of kiddies playing fantasy politics.
The above was posted as a comment on Bella Caledonia. As we have come to expect, it was censored.Views: 2018
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