I only got as far as the bit where Maurice Smith describes the 2017 UK general election result as a “short, sharp shock delivered to Nicola Sturgeon” before it became clear that this was just another tedious rehashing of the mainstream British media’s cosy consensus.
How can something totally anticipated be any kind of shock? Nobody with an ounce of wits expected the SNP landslide of 2015 to be repeated. Everybody with any awareness of politics in general realised that there was bound to be a correction. Only intellectually indolent ‘journalists’ looking for some easy sensationalism peddled the self-evidently daft notion the SNP had ambitions to retain all the seats gained in 2015. The party’s definition of a win was always to come out of the 2017 election with a majority of seats.
In the event, the SNP won more seats than all the British parties combined. Given the circumstances – a decade in office; a totally unexpected election; and, as ever, facing the full force of the British state’s propaganda machine – this was, by any rational analysis, a truly remarkable performance.
It was as close to being the opposite of a “short, sharp shock” as makes no difference.
And if there was any doubt that Maurice Smith doesn’t have a clue what he’s talking about, that doubt must surely be eliminated on discovering that he imagines a new referendum has been ‘shelved’.Views: 4618
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