Does Mundell really think Nicola Sturgeon is going to take the issue of a second independence referendum off the table? Not unless he is spectacularly stupid. Anyone with the vaguest understanding of Scotland’s politics would be aware that it is not possible for the First Minister to take the constitutional question off the agenda. It is not possible for anyone to do so.
It’s not that Mundell is unaware of the fact that something around half of Scotland’s people aspire to the restoration of Scotland’s independence; with a much larger proportion of the population demanding changes to the existing constitutional settlement. He knows all of this full well. He just doesn’t care. He wouldn’t care how much demand there was for a second referendum. What the people want is of absolutely no account to British nationalists such as Mundell.
He is asking the First Minister to defy the will of the people who gave her a mandate. He is saying she should ignore the voice of the people and listen instead to him – the sole representative in Scotland of a party that has been repeatedly and decisively rejected by Scotland’s voters. I don’t doubt that he genuinely believes his word should carry more weight than that of mere voters. Such is the nature of British nationalist exceptionalism. But does he actually suppose Nicola Sturgeon will take orders from him? Of course not.
The sole purpose of this silly demand for #indyref2 to be taken off the table is to fuel a unionist narrative which blames the Scottish Government for the consequences of the Westminster elite’s irresponsible behaviour. According to this narrative, any damage to Scotland’s economy is caused, not by Brexit and the British state’s austerity fetishism, but by the fact that the democratically elected government of Scotland refuses to deny the right of self-determination that is vested in the people of Scotland and insists on honouring the democratically expressed will of Scottish voters.
From Mundell’s perspective, democracy is the problem. And while he knows better than to expect that Nicola Sturgeon might do his bidding, he cannot entirely conceal his frustration at her refusal to adopt a British-style contempt for the people she was elected to serve.Views: 6599
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