Sorry! Can’t do it! I just can’t take Cat Boyd seriously as a spokesperson for the Yes movement. Or even as a committed advocate for independence. Not even as a genuine political progressive. Whatever credibility she may have had was squandered when she proudly boasted of voting for British Labour in Scotland (BLiS). An act of self-indulgent silliness only aggravated by her attempt to rationalise the folly on the grounds that, by voting for the bitter Blairites of BLiS, she was somehow supporting Jeremy Corbyn.
Yes! THAT Jeremy Corbyn! The Trident-hugging British Labour leader who is competing with the Tory half of the British establishment to see which can be the most confused and cloddish in its approach to Brexit. The Jeremy Corbyn whose anti-democratic British nationalist zealotry is barely distinguishable from that of Colonel Ruth Davidson, Queen of the Britnats.
Had Boyd hesitantly, reluctantly admitted using her vote to validate some of the very worst that the British state has to offer, it might have been possible to get past the blatant, oxymoronic contradiction that struggles to avoid being labelled a betrayal. But no! She proudly boasts of it! Which makes it extremely difficult to listen to her lecturing those of us who have remained resolutely true to the cause about how independence might best be achieved.
Not that Boyd will see the problem. To her, it’s those who so much as comment on her behaviour who are the problem. She is a member of that clique that I refer to as the ‘righteous radicals’. A left wing elite that presumes to speak for the entire Yes movement. As GA Ponsoby says on Indyref2,
The elites have created their own hierarchy, and they sit at the top. The rest of us are too vulgar to be heard. They despise Stuart Campbell not because he runs the most popular blog, but because he runs the most popular blog and isn’t one of them.”
Most of us aren’t “one of them”. By far the largest part of the Yes movement is not included in this leftist elite whose support for independence is strictly conditional on it being tied to their own narrow political agenda.
By definition, such elites are exclusive. Which would be fine by those of us who find elitism repellent, but for the fact that this particular elite claims sole ownership of a movement hitherto defined by its breadth, diversity and inclusiveness. Anyone who does not subscribe to their vision of what an independent Scotland should look like is condemned as a heretic. Anyone who criticises a member of the priesthood is accused of ‘abuse’. Anyone who questions their right to represent the cause and manage the project is pilloried for bringing the independence movement into disrepute.
So, I can’t take Cat Boyd seriously. I won’t take her seriously. I won’t feed her ego or legitimise the elitism that she represents. I have no great problem with much of the left’s thinking about the kind of society that might be built in Scotland once we bring our government home. There are numerous figures on the left who are doing valuable work and contributing innovative ideas about what being independent could mean. But I suspect I speak for many in the Yes movement when I say that our primary focus at this time must be on the matter of becoming independent. And, on this, the righteous radicals have nothing whatever to offer.
I don’t take Cat Boyd seriously because, while I have my own views on how we should take the independence project forward which are open to dispute, I know as a matter of absolute certainty that what will kill that project stone dead is the corrosive elitism and divisive factionalism that she and her ilk bring to the Yes movement.Views: 4891
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