If Common Space is no more than an echo-chamber for the mainstream media, what use is it? If Common Space merely emulates the disinformation, distortions and dishonesty of the British establishment, in what way does it serve the people of Scotland better than those organs which are mouthpieces of the British state?
If Common Space fails to offer informed analysis and a perspective that is distinct from the unionist media, has it not failed comprehensively and abysmally?
The headline, and the premise underlying it, represent the kind of shallow incomprehension that we would expect to find in The Scotsman or The Herald. The SNP is ALWAYS committed to a referendum. Because the SNP is ALWAYS committed to independence. It’s right at the top of the party’s constitution. Unlike the OPIPs (other pro-independence parties) the SNP’s commitment to independence is unequivocal and unconditional. Given that independence requires a referendum, the SNP’s unmistakeable (except by the woefully prejudiced) commitment to independence necessarily implies a commitment to a second independence referendum. Regardless of what is in the manifesto!
This is the the only possible conclusion that derives from an informed, rational analysis of the situation, rather than a complacent parroting of the nonsense carried by the British media.
What we hope for from those who lay claim to being an alternative to the old media is that they will ask the questions that challenge the cosy consensus of a London-centric journalistic clique. What we expect is that an alternative media will actually be an alternative. Common Space can start to lay claim to being part of that alternative when it provides analysis which, for example, explores the reasons behind the SNP’s “cautious” approach to an unconditional declaration of a specified timetable for a second referendum.
A mature analysis would, at the very least, have examined the potential repercussions of such a declaration. It would have speculated on the likely response from the UK Government. It would have considered the wisdom, or folly, of the SNP narrowing its options in this way.
A thoughtful approach to the matter throws up countless points that the mainstream media would never address. And which Common Space just as assiduously avoids. A more searching analysis promises insights that would mark Common Space as something uncommon. Something different. Something alternative.
That opportunity is far too reliably missed by Common Space. It would be gratifying to think that this was due to correctable incompetence and indolence rather than the pursuit of a petty political agenda no more worthy than the puerile politicking of the British parties in Scotland.Views: 1993
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