The fact that British nationalist fanatic Adam Tomkins is agreeing with him should be a sobering thought for the once respected Kenny MacAskill. As Justice Secretary, MacAskill did a fine job in very difficult circumstances. But as a political analyst he’s shallow enough to make David Torrance look insightful. Parroting British nationalist propaganda may be a sure way for a political has-been to get some space in a failing unionist rag such as The Scotsman. But it is never going to impress serious observers of Scotland’s political scene.
If any doubt that MacAskill is merely peddling the same drivel offered by the British state’s rag-tag band of amateur propagandists, they need look no further for proof than the woeful nonsense about currency. The idiocy of fretting about “what currency an independent Scotland might use” was pointed out a very long time ago. No serious commentator ever took it seriously. Only the most deplorably out of touch continue to do so. Where has MacAskill been keeping his head for the past couple of years?
The other thing that is striking about MacAskill’s half-arsed analysis is his obsession with imagining problems facing the Yes movement while total failing to take account of the very real difficulties confronting the British nationalist campaign to deny the sovereignty of Scotland’s people. He genuinely seems to suppose that nothing has changed in the more than two years since the first referendum. He appears oblivious to the Project Fear lies that have been exposed and promises that have been shown to be as empty as Anas Sarwar’s bag of principles. He gives the impression of being totally oblivious to the EU referendum and incapable of comprehending the implications for the independence cause of Brexit.
What I find difficult to understand is why Kenny MacAskill has chosen to join the ranks of ‘useful idiots’ in the service of British nationalism. Is the attraction of seeing his name in print irresistible? Or is he just flattered beyond his power to resist by the attention he gets from journalists who count among their ‘professional skills’ the ability to make a convincing pretence of taking the likes of MacAskill seriously?Views: 2026
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