Now’s the day an now’s the hour…

Once upon a time (in May of the year of our lord 2021), there was an election in the realm of Scotland. Many candidates fought (though no physical violence was involved) to be elected. Some apparently campaigned on a platform of independence for the realm, revoking a treaty signed some hundreds of years ago, which obliged the realm of Scotland’s to pay all their wealth as a tribute to another country. Others campaigned on a platform of retaining the status quo, which meant having to do what the other country told Scotland to do and to remain beholden to the other country for whatever pocket money they deigned to give Scotland from the tribute the realm was obliged to pay for having signed that treaty hundreds of years ago.

Lo and behold, it came to pass that those apparently favouring independence gained a majority of seats in the parliament. There was much (muted) celebrating, especially among the downtrodden masses, who were most affected by the realm’s lack of wealth. Now, they thought, at this 7th time of asking for and receiving a mandate to take Scotland out of this dreadful treaty that obliged the realm to pay all of its wealth in tribute; now we will escape.

As the dust settled (no actual dust was obliged to settle) at the conclusion of the election, it became obvious that the leaders of those candidates who had apparently campaigned on a platform of independence seemed to think that, although they still said they favoured independence, now was not the time to move forward.

This caused much wailing and gnashing of teeth among many of those supporters who had voted for the candidates who had apparently campaigned for independence. Many supporters were so put out by this apparent back sliding by the candidates who had campaigned on a platform of independence that they vowed never to vote for them again. Instead, they pledged allegiance to another group of independence candidates who had been prevented from being successful in the election by the chicanery and bad faith of the winning candidates.

Now, to bring us up to date, we are in a position where it is obvious that the SNP, or the SNP/Green combination (apparently we can call it a coalition) are not going to prioritise independence, but are likely to concentrate on passing laws to allow men wearing dresses to call themselves women and usurp all real women’s places and other laws to prevent anyone objecting to this, on pain of imprisonment.

Now, you would think (or do I mean hope) that, among the 64 SNP MSPs elected in May, there must be some who really want independence and are unhappy with their leaders’ decision to delay any progress. In the expectation (hope) that this is true, here is a suggestion for action they could take.

Should even a small group decide that they see more urgent action on independence as a priority, they could rescind their SNP membership and instead join the Alba party which does see independence as a priority. Remember, even with Green support, it only needs 8 or more MSPs to convert from SNP to Alba to put the SNP/Green combination into a minority position and provide the opportunity to bring pressure to bear to stress the importance of more speedy action.

So, what’s it to be, MSPs? If you’re actually the independence supporters you said you were during the election campaign, have you got the guts to do something to move independence forward, or are you too frightened of big, bad Nicola or too worried about losing you lucrative sinecure? After all, you were elected on a platform of independence. Is it too much to expect you to do something about it now?

With sincerest apologies to Rabbie

Now’s the day and now’s the hour
See the front o’ battle lour
See approach proud Johnson’s power
Chains and slaverie.

Wha will be a traitor knave?
Wha will fill a coward’s grave?
Wha sae base as be a slave?
Let him turn an flee.

By Oppression’s woes and pains,
By your sons in servile chains!
We will drain our dearest veins,
But they shall be free.

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