An executive member of an organisation that has described itself as an umbrella group for the Yes movement has accused the SNP of helping the British state.
Jonathan Shafi, who sits on the executive committee of the Scottish Independence Convention [SIC], tweeted: “The SNP are the ones rushing to the aid of the British state, surely.”
Shafi posted the accusation after clashing with other twitter users over his claim a No Deal Brexit would offer opportunities under a Corbyn-led UK government.
The SIC member argued that it was time to “put some actual pressure on Brussel” and accused Theresa May of having failed to do so.
He added: “And if they don’t want a deal, fine, leave and conduct a programme of massive state investment and rebuilding. The left in control of Brexit process is a totally different dynamic.”
Another user challenged the Radical-left activist, saying: “Brexit doesn’t offer any opportunity for rupture with neoliberalism – only tactical retreat or outright surrender. Why do you, as a Scottish independence supporter, want to *strengthen* the British state? I thought your reason for voting leave was to weaken it.”
Shafi’s stance appeared to be backed by Common Space writer David Jamieson who tweeted “Brexit weakens the British state. How could it be otherwise?”
During the exchange, Shafi also appeared to praise Jeremy Corbyn, saying alternative Labour leaders might not have “the steel Corbyn does to resist poltical pressure”.
Shafi’s attack on the SNP and his views on a No Deal Brexit will cause concern amongst many within the pro-Independence community given the former RISE national organiser has a seat on the executive committee of the Scottish Independence Convention. SIC describes itself as a “stakeholder organisation for all those who wish to see Scotland be an independent country”.
According to SIC, Shafi and the rest of the executive were elected through a vote which saw 19 pro-indy organisations take part – one of which was Common Weal with which Shafi serves as the campaigns officer.
The Scottish Independence Convention was relaunched in November this year. An earlier launch in 2016 petered out despite significant media coverage and two well attended events generated thousands in cash. The initial re-launch was hamstrung by controversy and rows with key SIC figures launching attacks on prominent pro-independence bloggers.
The 2018 relaunch has sat alongside an appeal for cash from the pro-independence community that has thus far raised just over £100,000. SIC recently confirmed a design company, Tangent Graphic, had been commisisoned to design a website, social media accounts, posters and printed materials. SIC has also advertised for a full time co-ordinator with a salary between £28000 and £32000.Views: 5022