There is so much wrong with this article that it’s hard to know where to begin. There’s the abject failure to understand the crucial role of the SNP as the political arm of the independence movement. I weary of addressing that issue. Much as I tire of pointing out that unionist attacks on the SNP would be rather less effective in undermining the independence campaign if half the Yes movement didn’t insist on parroting British media propaganda like an army of mindless automatons.
It’s a hard truth that few want to hear, but it’s a fact nonetheless, that pointless, needless, self-indulgent attacks on the SNP by self-regarding intellectuals and self-righteous radicals cost the Yes campaign vital points. How I cringed to read articles that could be paraphrased thus, “I want independence as much as anybody. But [insert name of British nationalist propagandist] is right.”
How I winced every time I saw some ‘respected’ Yes activist echo the anti-SNP narrative peddled by the British media.
How I flinched when I heard supposed pro-independence speakers open by emphatically disowning the most crucial component of the independence campaign.
How frustrated I became with those who stubbornly refused to accept that, when your opponents are relentlessly attacking some part of your campaign, it’s probably not a good idea to join in the assault. It might even be a good idea to step up and defend.
How massively irked I was by people in the Yes campaign indulging in nit-picking criticism of the Scottish Government’s case just so they could flaunt their non-SNP credentials.
How pissed-off I am with those who, having served as British nationalism’s useful idiots, casually relieve themselves of all responsibility by blaming the SNP.
Like I said. I’m fed up trying to get this message across. Although I continue to be struck by the irony that those who talk most about unity of purpose and solidarity seem least inclined to honour those concepts in anything other than empty rhetoric. But let’s not dwell on that. I’ve probably provoked enough spasms of indignant outrage. So I’ll pick up on another point from this woeful article.
“The Scottish independence movement should not want independence for its own sake…”
I can’t describe how utterly, massively, stupidly fallacious this is without resorting to more ‘robust’ language than The National might be comfortable with. It’s glib. It’s trite. It’s total sh*te!
Independence is normal. It is fundamental. It is essential. It is the root concept from which all else grows. Just as the constitution is the starting point for all politics, so independence is the starting point for the constitution.
Independence is not merely a means to an end. It is the primary objective. Because without independence, all the other stuff simply doesn’t happen.
Independence is not just a marketing device for some narrow political agenda. It is that without which all political agendas become meaningless. It encompasses all political agendas. It encapsulates popular sovereignty and everything that flows from that ideal. It is the kernel which holds all the potential of a nation and its people.
Independence is the great enabler. The great facilitator. The great key to unlocking all that potential.
Independence is the prize. Commitment to winning this prize must be unequivocal, unconditional and unwavering. Never in the history of banal cliché was it more aptly urged that we should keep our eye on the prize.Views: 2615
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