There is a lesson here for all who aspire to bring Scotland’s government home.
The British parties will always unite in defence of the structures of power, privilege and patronage which define the British state. The Yes movement must demonstrate the same solidarity if it is not to be crushed by the might of the British state.
Just as the British establishment will come together to use their political power most effectively by concentrating it behind whichever party is best placed to utilise it, so the Yes movement must put its full weight behind its own de facto political arm – the SNP.
The British state will seek to divide us so as to weaken us. Over centuries, the British political elite has become adept at finding and exploiting the ‘useful idiots’ among those who challenge it. Its two main methods for dealing with democratic dissent are assimilation and intimidation. On the one hand, it will attempt to lure susceptible individuals into its conformist web. On the other, it will seek to grind those who cannot be brought under control in the mill of state power and its propaganda machinery.
The political parties representing the British establishment will be as one in this effort. Their power may only be countered by a movement which can insinuate itself into the British political system by way of a political party capable of operating in that context. We have such a party. We must learn to use it.Views: 3363
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