INDY WARS

I may not have written anything recently on this blog, given that I have been focussed entirely on writing my book “The Thistle,The Lion and The Unicorn” , but that doesn’t mean to say that I haven’t also been following closely what has been happening on the political landscape.
Indeed I have been having my tuppence worth on a regular basis on my Aye4Scotland Twitter account for those that are into that form of communication.
However with the recent spats and fall outs which have been happening with alarming frequency between Independence supporting factions I feel that it is worthwhile expressing my views on such conflicts in a bit more detail.

In case you haven’t noticed, for quite some considerable time now there has been an all out concerted attack in the mainstream media on everything Scottish and targeting the SNP and the Scottish Government in particular.
Nothing new there you might say, and you would be right, there is nothing new in that given that over 90% of our mainstream media is pro Union. However what has been particularly noticeable is the sheer volume of attacks on Scotland and everything Scottish as a whole that have been taking place since the prospect of IndyRef2 became a probable reality. Day after Day we see it, In our press, on our radio, on the tv news, in our politics programmes, on Social Media in facebook and Twitter. We are absolutely being covered in shite bombs.
It is an all out full frontal bombardment!

Nothing to be surprised at there you might say, and you would be absolutely right, It is not surprising in the least as the Unionists are absolutely terrified and the very last thing that they want to see happening in amongst the horrendous Brexit debacle is a second Independence referendum. They know that this time they will assuredly lose their precious precious Union and the perks and privileges so many of them gain from it.
The ermine of those Labour, Lib Dem and Tory Lords will be only worth putting in a moth ridden bin. The huge  salaries, perks and expenses their MPs receive for being cowed puppies in Westminster will be all gone. The dim witted brainwashed bigoted trolls will have their precious Union flag for dinner.Their journalists and political commentators will be out of a job and dumped by their Imperial paymasters. Indyref2 must be resisted at all costs.

Make no doubts about it, they all will oppose Scottish Independence to the death.

What is far more concerning has been the ramping up of tribal rhetoric among those who say that they support Independence.
In the Gulf Wars the term friendly fire was coined to describe the bombing and killing of those on the same side by accident.
What we have been seeing in Scottish politics since 2015 when the SNP almost annihilated the entire Scottish Unionist opposition at Westminster has been a marked increase in inter tribal Independence political warfare going on….. And THIS HAS TO STOP!
We have had some of the SNP Old guard attacking the current SNPs stance and progression of Independence in the shape of Jim Sillars and the Late Gordon Wilson in particular, and also former special advisers such as Alex Bell writing regular pieces for anti Independence papers. We have had small scale disagreements within the SNP government itself with Alex Neil voting for Brexit against the official party line.
In some SNP branches there have been fall outs between old stagers and newcomers as they found their positions threatened.  Some Councillors were deselected and bitter, some others bitter that they were overlooked.
All of this serves as increasing disillusionment with party politics itself, and much hope and good will is lost in the process.

Outwith the SNP the flak has been even more evident to the public in general. In particular it seemed to initially rear its head prior to the Holyrood elections where smaller parties were looking for their share of the Holyrood cake.
Blogs such as Bella Caledonia, particularly their facebook page became a harbour for Greens to have a go at the SNP over how people should use their vote, with the Greens demanding that people should vote for the SNP in the Constituency vote and Green in the 2nd Vote. SNP supporters were equally as adamant that it should be SNP in both votes and thus a viscous cycle of name calling began. I eventually blocked that facebook page in disgust.
SSP who had aligned with Cat Boyd of the Radical Independence movement co founded Rise and some of their attacks on the SNP were mostly seen on Social media.
Tommy Sheridans party were less inclined to attack the SNP but the SNP wouldn’t go anywhere near Tommy as he is such a divisive figure himself. Meanwhile there is such festering hatred between the SSP and Tommy that they wouldn’t be seen dead in each others company, never mind share a stage.

Most recently this friendly fire has become even more divisive and vitriolic, ramped up recently by Cat Boyd stating that she voted for Labour in the recent election. Unsurprisingly she has been subject of a veritable bombardment on Twitter by those absolutely stunned and gob smacked by this revelation and some of the comments she has received have been less than pleasant shall we say.
I too have questioned her directly on her reasoning, particularly as in my view if what you want to achieve is Scottish Independence you DO NOT go voting for a an anti Independence Unionist party in any election. However my criticism was coached in polite terms not some of the angry vitriolic attacks she has received from a minority.
Of course what will be highlighted by her and her journalistic pals and supporters is the abuse she received not the considered objections. All of which of course serves as some sort of vindication for her stance while painting angry Independence supporters in a negative fashion.
It also serves the self appointed elite group of journalists to attack ordinary people as being anonymous trolls for daring to criticise one of their own. It seems pretty much to me that both journalists and politicians seem to think that only their views should be heard and most definitely not criticised on Social Media. If you aint a prominent Name then your views not valid is their game.
Of course all of these types of spats only make the Unionist Media and supporters clap their hands in glee. The more divided and divisive the Independence movement is, coupled with their shit Scotland bombing the better! All such disagreeable commentators will be gladly accepted onto their radio and tv shows and have press space made available for them….plus some nice little monetary kick backs too for their trouble.

Which brings me onto some of those who have made profit and position from the YES movement. As you will have noticed a number of Left leaning pro Indy sites developed from it, and some have gone on to being household names and are regular contributors to what pro Indy press there is whilst others have hitched onto the party political game.

In no way am I saying that they all have been in it for personal gain, in fact I would suggest that very few have been in it for that, but there is no doubt in my mind that the ones who have been best at self promotion are the ones who have gained most financially from it, and are now seen as go to people for the media.
It is when there is preponderance of left wing views that we hit a problem, as Scots while In general are left leaning, they are not ultra left, but rather centrists. So more balanced voices who are not likely to cause the sort of uproar that the Boyds can produce are in a rarity. We do have excellent balanced representatives such as Leslie Riddoch or Ian McWhirter to thank for the degree of sanity and Incisive comment they bring, or the excellent Paul Kavanagh (Wee Ginger Dog) whose brand of writing humorously rips apart Unionist arguments. Though you will note as Paul himself has commented, when his name is put forward by his editor in the national for being a commentator on any BBC political program he finds that they never call him to ask. It wouldn’t suit the BBCs agenda to have such an incisive Independence voice speaking on their discussion programs, far better to have a more left wing indy contributor.

Given all of the above, it is not at all surprising the drop off on people voting in the last election, they very probably have been utterly scunnered by it all. Which of course suits the British state right down to their silken socks…. Divide to Conquer has always been their game and everything in that sense is going perfectly for them.
Voices such as mine you will never hear other than on this blog and that includes pro independence marches and rallys….. I am just not a NAME .
Which in itself is a shame, because there are many like me in the middle ground who simply are not being heard…but such is the way of it.

I will include here another excellent unheralded blog response by Leyaterra to the Cat Boyd nonsense which rips to shreds Corbyns so called radicalism and shows it for what it is. I recommend you read it.

Corbyn Isn’t the Radical choice for YES supporters

In amongst all the negativity and criticism in this article I have written here, I ask you not to despair….. It is better to recognise these issues for what they are, and then we can be aware of them and deal with them.

More than anything this is a plea from me to stop the infighting and get back to the business of achieving Independence. Put aside the petty divides and the political tribalism and get back together to the positivity of the Yes campaign. More than ever we need to be united in our purpose whatever differences we may have otherwise. All our differences can be argued the toss over in an Independent Scotland but first we need to get there.
United under YES we shall not be defeated, but rather we shall succeed. If we allow such petty conflicts to continue, when the time comes we shall lose again and lose badly. We shall not get another crack at it in our lifetimes. So quit the not so friendly fire and get the show back on the road…. Together!!

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About auldacquaintance

I am not a member of any political party. I am however a strong supporter of Scots Independence. Any views which I express in this Blog are purely my own. This Blog intends to be a place where I will be putting my views on Scots Independence. It will primarily concern itself with the upcoming Referendum In Scotland. However It will also be somewhat diverse in the range of day to day issues which are evident to me in modern day Scotland. Not all of it will be political, and indeed may take me off into avenues I am not even aware of yet. Please come and join in on this journey, and any comments are welcome provided they are not abusive! All the best from a new acquaintance! Rod
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15 Responses to INDY WARS

  1. davidmccann24 says:

    Here here (or is it hear hear?) to all that!!

  2. John says:

    Love your analysis , runs in parallel to my thinking of late .Your right of course , it has to stop . The Unionist press are having a field day ,If a referendum was called tomorrow we would lose , mainly because the Scottish public are getting far to many conflicting opinions and I do not think the SNP are defending their time in government well at all . Davidson and Dugdale ran rings round Nicola prior to the election by hammering home how hopeless her government was , it worked , we lost seats !

  3. Worth the wait for your brilliant piece Rod,put nicely but firmly like a lot of us want a united Scotland,light the fiery cross and call the clans together we have an outsider to defeat,alas it wont happen too many read the rubbish in the unionist press.We have the National but its printed for the choir,and it allows the odd (really odd) unionist to make snide comments or some that are banal,its playing fair against a bunch of cheats and so we will lose,unless we learn to play dirty like them and look like we are as clean as them.I think of how Ireland got partial independence and their country partitioned.The Westminster mob and they are a mob,deceived and lied to them Ireland did win the vote for independence but not good enough for those reaping the profits from the island of Ireland and while people starved,and so the empty bellies started a revolution,then the Irish civil war Westminster had a big hand in causing it,in my opinion as my grandfather told me.I see some similarities with our cause here and now,I maybe decrepit but I’d stand(or sit in my wheelchair) with all who will oppose this tyranny of Westminster.I look to those who are smarter than me and I know there are plenty much smarter,to tell us how we can circumvent all the rubbish spouted by the fakers those that have pretended to be for independence but now deliberately cause mischief on the pages of facebook and get some folk confused talk them into hating aye hating,the FM because she wont name the date for the next independence referendum,they wont listen or read that it cant be divulged too early it needs to come when the time is right and the time is not what the odd stirrer wants but as the SNP have taken us this far in 80 years another few wont be a hardship surely the leadership will know when is best. The last/first referendum we were bounced into it because we never expected to win a majority in Holyrood.Sometimes I think a bit of jiggery pokery went on to make us get that majority so that the referendum could be dictated to by the Westminster party and they were ready for forcing the pace of it.Sorry its so long but there might be a kernel of an idea somewhere in it.

    • Thanks Charles as ever for your support and comments much appreciated

    • bigirishman says:

      Sorry. I agree totally with the original blog. I have problems with your comments on Ireland. First of all they are historically inaccurate, and secondly it is dangerous to seek to draw parallels with Ireland. Several Thousand people have died in the name of Irish independence/Unification in the past 100 years. I would not wish a similar fate on anyone in Scotland.
      I agree that Westminster will do everything they can to frustrate an Independent Scotland. However reference to the Irish situation is not the answer. There can not be a 1916 declaration about past violence, nor the promise of future violence. That of course is what the Unionists would like to see happen. That being said, we can learn from the Irish experience of how the National movement and Land Reform came together, and how a deepening understanding off the Culture of Ireland played a part in the building of national consciousness.
      Above everything else we have to ensure that no part of Scotland can be able to develop a different self understanding than the rest of the Country. That is why it is so important to bring both the Borders and the North East with us as we seek to get people to support Independence. It is unlikely that people in an area of Scotland would resort to arms as happened in Ireland, but it might be difficult to argue for the inclusion of a geographical area which was strongly against Independence in an Independent Scotland and that is I fear what the Unionists are trying to make happen.

      • The area they would most certainly want to annex above any other is the Shetlands…and we have seen a number of overtures on this in the past. Any division of such a kind needs to be robustly rebuffed!

  4. Reblogged this on charlesobrien08 and commented:
    Worth the wait for your brilliant piece Rod,put nicely but firmly like a lot of us want a united Scotland,light the fiery cross and call the clans together we have an outsider to defeat,alas it wont happen too many read the rubbish in the unionist press.We have the National but its printed for the choir,and it allows the odd (really odd) unionist to make snide comments or some that are banal,its playing fair against a bunch of cheats and so we will lose,unless we learn to play dirty like them and look like we are as clean as them.I think of how Ireland got partial independence and their country partitioned.The Westminster mob and they are a mob,deceived and lied to them Ireland did win the vote for independence but not good enough for those reaping the profits from the island of Ireland and while people starved,and so the empty bellies started a revolution,then the Irish civil war Westminster had a big hand in causing it,in my opinion as my grandfather told me.I see some similarities with our cause here and now,I maybe decrepit but I’d stand(or sit in my wheelchair) with all who will oppose this tyranny of Westminster.I look to those who are smarter than me and I know there are plenty much smarter,to tell us how we can circumvent all the rubbish spouted by the fakers those that have pretended to be for independence but now deliberately cause mischief on the pages of facebook and get some folk confused talk them into hating aye hating,the FM because she wont name the date for the next independence referendum,they wont listen or read that it cant be divulged too early it needs to come when the time is right and the time is not what the odd stirrer wants but as the SNP have taken us this far in 80 years another few wont be a hardship surely the leadership will know when is best. The last/first referendum we were bounced into it because we never expected to win a majority in Holyrood.Sometimes I think a bit of jiggery pokery went on to make us get that majority so that the referendum could be dictated to by the Westminster party and they were ready for forcing the pace of it.Sorry its so long but there might be a kernel of an idea somewhere in it.

  5. Willie John says:

    I’ve always considered that the SNP are just a means to an end; that end being an independent Scotland. I’m also of the mind that 5-10 years after independence is achieved the SNP will likely fracture into its component parts, and that is when the likes of a radical left (and conversely a right wing) will appear in the SG.
    But until then there is only one party in town – we need Independence first!

    • Absolutely Willie John, none of us know how the political map may change after an Independent Scotland has been established. One thing for sure, nothing much if anything will change for the better without Independence and that needs to be our focus.

  6. Geach says:

    I’m sorry, but as much as I enjoyed reading your column, there will be no independence until the currency/deficit/loss of the fiscal transfer questions are answered… it is a big elephant in a small room, and it ain’t going away anytime soon.

    • Today In Spain…. Now I wonder where we have heard all this before?

      “‘WE WILL NOT LET IT HAPPEN’ SPAIN WARNS CATALONIA INDEPENDENCE WILL DOUBLE UNEMPLOYMENT

      CATALONIA will be at least 30 per cent poorer and unemployment will double if it becomes independent, Spain’s economics minister has warned.

      Luis de Guindos told Catalans calling for an independence referendum they would find themselves out of the Eurozone and out of the EU, with all import and export tarrifs suddenly installed if their ambitions were realised.

      In a further blow he added a referendum will not happen because “secession is not only illegal, but also totally irrational’.

      In an interveiw with Spanish newspaper ABC, Mr de Guindos said: “In the Ministry of Economy we have analysed the impact of secession and it would mean an impoverishment of between 25 and 30% for Catalonia and its unemployment rates would double.

      “For the whole of Spain it would also be negative, but much more for Catalonia.

      “When a region of a euro zone country separates, it is immediately left out and all tariffs would be applied, it would be out of all EU trade agreements, which would have a very important impact on an exporting region like Catalonia, but they would also lose the euro as currency.

      “And given the circumstances of the financial system in Catalonia, that would mean that they would need their own currency, meaning a huge devaluation with the euro, which would cause a significant impoverishment of the Catalan savers and that would create a very high inflation rate.

      “This translates into a fall in GDP of between 25-30 per cent, and a brutal impact on unemployment and hyperinflation. The Spanish government is not going to let that happen in Catalonia.”

      • Geach says:

        ??? So you side-step the currency/economic issues by deftly and disingenuously bringing Catelonia into the argument? Lovely bit of imagined whataboutery.
        You are just another indy writer with a nice eye for constructing a sentence and zero plans or ideas on how to justify the lack of any economic plan that the SNP have for an indy Scotland. To paraphrase ex Dallas Cowboy’s Coach Barry Switzer “You don’t know, and when you don’t know that you don’t know, the you really don’t know.”

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