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.
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!!