Whatever credibility Cat Boyd might have had a tenuous claim to went right down the pan the moment she used the term “party loyalty” in relation to those advocating #BothVotesSNP. And not only because she calls in aid a man elevated to the status of a Hero of the British establishment by way of some highly selective quoting and distinctly partial presenting of Professor John Curtice’s recent report on the election campaign so far.
It is, regrettably, not at all uncommon to find spokespersons for and supporter of the OPIPs (other pro-independence parties) enthusiastically parroting the latest gobbet of British nationalist propaganda. While not consumed by the same resentment-fuelled hatred that drives British Labour in Scotland; or the jingoistic British nationalism that inspires British Conservatives’ fear and loathing of the SNP, the OPIPs nonetheless regard the SNP as electoral rivals. And, in some respects, the ‘false prophets’ of the ‘One True Radicalism’ to which every leftist faction assert exclusive ownership.
Cat Boyd has as much of an electoral agenda as any unionist. And, while different in many significant respects from the virulent anti-SNPism of the British parties, that agenda is every bit as prone to mindless anti-SNP sniping where there is the perceived potential for a bit of electoral advantage. One of the most disappointing things about the OPIPs is their tendency to slip into petty politicking of the kind that we would hope to leave behind with our departure from the corrupt British political system.
What really destroys Cat Boyd’s credibility is her resort to this facile pish about “party loyalty”. the insultingly shallow notion that those who advocate #BothVotesSNP do so solely out of partisan allegiance. In Boyd’s wee world, no less than in the world of the hard-line unionist, it is not possible that anybody might have arrived at the conclusion that #BothVotesSNP is the optimum strategy in this election through careful and thoughtful consideration of the situation. In Boyd’s mind,no less than in the mind of the ranting British nationalist fanatics that we are all so sadly familiar with, #BothVotesSNP can only be the reasonless incantation of unthinking SNP automatons.
Limited in her analysis by a caricature of the ordinary SNP member or supporter reminiscent of, if rather less grotesque than, that concocted in the warped minds of strident ideological unionists, Boyd cannot imagine any SNP member or supporter calmly assessing the situation and recognising that, regardless even of their personal inclinations, #BothVotesSNP is the only strategy which makes sense in terms of the priorities of securing an SNP majority; maintaining an environment in which progressive politics can flourish; and progressing the cause of restoring Scotland’s rightful constitutional status.
Neither is it possible that it might occur to Boyd that some, perhaps many, of those advocating #BothVotesSNP aren’t SNP members/supporters at all. The immediate, thoughtless resort to the “party loyalty” explanation precludes consideration of the possibility that people from other parties, or with no party affiliation at all, might have arrived at the #BothVotesSNP position entirely on the basis of their own rational analysis. I am personally aware of a number of such individuals.
But it is not only the dumb resort to the comfortable simplicity of the “party loyalty” explanation which limits the intellectual reach of Cat Boyd and her ilk. This vacuousness is combined with a vaunting self-righteousness which impedes any questioning of their own motives, assumptions, prejudices and conclusions. In the dogma of the left, radical is synonymous with virtuous. More radical is more virtuous. Believing themselves to be supremely radical, they get the satisfaction of automatically being supremely virtuous.
The perfectly sound reasons for #BothVotesSNP have been explained repeatedly, comprehensively and in term accessible to anyone of normal capacities possessed of only a sufficiently open mind. Given that none of this has impacted in the slightest on Cat Boyd’s inane infatuation with the idea of “party loyalty”, there seems little point in rehearsing it all again here. Suffice it to say that the rational case for #BothVotesSNP exists. Cat Boyd hasn’t even attempted to address that rational case.Views: 9581
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