It may seem a strange thing to say, but unionists are not unionists.
Whatever they may be, or whatever they think they are, what they are decidedly not is Unionist.
Many residents of Scotland when asked how they identify themselves, will say ” I am Scottish and British” , others may say ” I am British first and foremost”
If one identifies oneself as being British first, or solely as being British, then it stands to reason that even if they will also Identify as being Scots, their allegiance is to the Union and the British State before and above any other consideration.
They may have been born in Scotland, they may have lived all their life in Scotland, but when it comes to their first priority that is not to Scotland but to the UK.
Being British, their country is Britain, even though there is no such Country but a Unified State.
When they tell you that they are against Independence but are proud Scots they are talking utter bunkum. When they go along to Hampden or Murrayfield for Scotland matches against England, and sing ever so lustily Flower of Scotland it means as little to them as singing Baa Baa Black Sheep… Oh yes they may want our neighbours to lose the match, but that is just regional competition as far as they are concerned. Its like Dundee v Dundee Utd.. We can still rise now and be a Nation again is just utter rubbish as far as they are concerned, and a tad hypocritical when they sing it.
But if they value the Union above all else, how can they not be Unionists?
Quite simply, their political allegiances are with Westminster, and what is decided there takes priority over whatever the majority of Scots wish for.
Take the Brexit vote as an instance. A clear majority of Scots in every single area of Scotland voted to remain with the EU. Their argument is that it was a UK referendum so it is immaterial if the majority of Scots voted to remain, therefore it is quite ok that Scots wishes be discarded. Scotland voted to remain in the UK so therefore Scotland must simply accept without demur exit from the EU. The fact that we were all told prior to the independence referendum that Scotland was a valued and equal partner in the UK, we are just supposed to forget that now. Forget consultation, forget finding acceptable compromise to take into account Scots wishes. Brexit is Brexit and it is a Red White and Blue Brexit.
That is not a Union, that is Submission.
Under these circumstances, there is no such thing as a Union, so therefore Unionists are not Unionists. When push comes to shove, Scotland does not count.
They will not readily admit it, but what they are is Nationalists, and they are the worst kind of Nationalist at that. Not civic Nationalist like Scots Independence supporters but the other kind which has wrecked havoc across the globe. They associate more readily like we have seen Theresa May doing, with the Trumps and Le Pens of this world.
In recent times we have seen the likes of Davidson, Dugdale and Rennie and our solitary Tory MP Mundell all having argued to Remain in the EU, and all of them supporting the Scottish Government after the Brexit vote in endeavouring to seek every possible solution which would allow Scotland to remain in the UK and the EU, before all of them doing a complete U turn when it became evident that Theresa May and her Cabinet were just not going to seriously entertain finding a solution.
At which point they all lost their conscience and principles and did a fast about turn, because with no chance of May and her Tories budging an iota Scottish Independence was back on the table.
Forget showing a united front and putting Westminster under real pressure to find a solution, they all bowed to their respective London Party leaders to do their bidding. Forget serving the people of Scotlands majority views and standing up for them, the Union comes first. Their own political self interest and country comes first, and that country is not Scotland.
A Union where every single Scottish MP, albeit only 1 Lib Dem, 1 Tory and 1 Labour amongst them all voted bar one against Brexit can never win a vote, is no Union at all.
Every single MP could be a Scottish Nationalist, and Scots voices would never be listened to. That is Subjugation not Union.
Those that adhere to such a thing are not Unionists whatever ever else they might be , and they do not serve Scottish Interests when they advocate the opposite of the Scottish popular view.