I can say categorically here and now that the SNP will not win their Independence referendum. I have absolutely no doubts on this matter whatsoever.
I was visiting my sister and brother in law earlier on today, and as usual my brother in law was wanting to have a wee snipe at my support for Scottish Independence.
To put you into the picture, he is former British Army, served Queen and Country,and all that. His paper of choice is the Daily Mail,and dislikes Alex Salmond and the SNP with a vengeance. Needless to say he is also strongly against Scotland becoming Independent.
He knows full well that he will always force a disagreement with me when he regurgitates the rubbish spouted by his favourite paper as if it were actual fact. It wouldn’t matter a jot how often I pointed out that he was regurgitating nonsense without basis of fact, he still continues to persist.
So onto today’s episode of a long running saga:
BinLaw: “So do you think that the SNP will win their Independence referendum?”
Me: ” It is not the SNPs Independence referendum”
I went on to talk about yesterdays debate between Alistair Darling representing the Anti-Independence campaign and Blair Jenkins head of the YES campaign, on the BBC daily politics programme, where Darling had tried to attack Alex Salmond and the SNP, over the question, of whether or not Alex Salmond had received Legal advice on Europe.
To which Blair Jenkins had rightly replied, that it was not for him or the YES campaign to comment on,as he was not part of the SNP, or representing the Scottish Government, and that he was only interested in discussing Independence.
I further went on to explain to him that the YES campaign, represented all the people in Scotland, obviously the SNP, but also other political parties, such as the Scottish Greens, SSP and others.I further stated that many from other political parties, such as the Scottish Labour for Independence group, and a whole host of people who belonged to no political party whatsoever were involved.
In short, that the YES campaign simply stands for everyone that believes that Independence for Scotland is a good thing. That would Include me, as I am not a member of a political party, but I strongly support Independence. Therefore the Independence referendum did not solely belong to the SNP.
To which by brother in law responded; ” Yes, but do you think that the SNP will win their Independence referendum?”
Me; (figuratively slapping my head at this response!) ” I have just explained that the SNP do not own the Independence referendum, nor Indeed Independence itself, it belongs to us all”
BinLaw: ” Yes but you are not saying if you think whether the SNP will win their Independence referendum or not”
(Help! Give me strength.)
Me: ” The SNP do not own the Independence referendum, but will we win the Independence referendum? Yes I think we will.”
BinLaw: ” Well I don’t think the SNP will win their Independence referendum”
Me: ” Neither do I”
You can see where the problem is coming from, can’t you?
My brother in law is by no means alone in his assertion that Independence means the SNP. I have spoken to numerous people who said that they will not be supporting Independence because they don’t like Alex Salmond or they don’t like the SNP.
I am not at all surprised by their attitude,and it is easy to see how they think as they do.
The Media,the Press and the Better Together anti-Independence campaign, which is politically led and driven,has made it their business to polarise the debate purely on party political lines. They have all conspired to paint Independence as the SNP, and have directed their attacks on the SNP specifically.
Hence why we see this constant concerted barrage of attacks by them, on Alex Salmond and the SNP. Their motive is pure and simple, discredit the SNP and they succeed in discrediting Independence.
By polarising the debate in this way, they also succeed in limiting the debate to one political parties policies,and don’t need to take other viewpoints into account. It is also a useful tool to divide the populace on tribally political lines, namely that fervent Labour supporters go against it because of the animosity between labour and the SNP.
I have been complaining for a long time now, that the debate has to involve people from all perspectives in Scottish life, that this is not a party political issue,and the people of Scotland need to be involved and made to feel they own it.
Yes..The SNP are the biggest political party to support Independence,and it is right that they take their place in the debate,and that without the SNP gaining the support it has, we would not have the opportunity to have the referendum. But we must stop this hijacking of the referendum by the political parties, and the YES campaign will hopefully succeed in doing just that.
What we cannot afford to do, is to let the media and the anti-Independence mob continue as they have been doing, otherwise we are in real danger of far too many people thinking as my brother in law does.
The ordinary person in the street needs to know that this is about them,and that they all own the Independence referendum,they all have a part in it,and that it is their own Independence that they should be fighting for…Not some politically manipulated claptrap.
YES for Scotland
YES for yourself!
WE OWN IT!