Where are we going to now?

Or actions speak louder than words, Nicola Sturgeon.

On this day (as I write), the 7th anniversary of the day when Scotland was prevented from gaining its independence, I remember the days in the run up to the 2014 referendum, when the hope of many, including myself, was the creation of an independent Scotland which would become a model of democracy and citizen participation: a country which would provide an example to the rest of the world: a country Scots would be proud to call home. We had a government focussed on independence, led by a First Minister who was driving Scotland in the direction most Scots wanted to go, towards an independent future where we would be in control of our own destiny, not depending on our neighbour to make almost all the decisions about how our country is run.

I remember those days and I remember how wonderful it felt believing I was part of the generation that would finally bring us independence after over 300 years of colonial status, subject to the whims of an English parliament more concerned about the prosperity of Southern England and about making the well-off even better off. I remember those days and I also remember the following day when everything took on the dull, grey hue of disappointment.

Of course, in just a few weeks, despite the disappointment of Alex Salmond’s resignation, most independence supporters thought the appointment (or should I say coronation) of Alex Salmond’s deputy and arguably the voice of independence throughout the referendum campaign, Nicola Sturgeon, as First Minister and leader of the SNP would only continue the drive towards independence. What could go wrong?

Well, let’s look at what happened, or what didn’t happen, to take the independence project forward, during Nicola Sturgeon’s seven year tenure.

During the referendum campaign and in its aftermath, several issues arose which would have to be addressed prior to a second referendum or (preferably) another, better process to deliver independence. They included:

  • What currency would Scotland use?
  • How to set up a Scottish Central Bank, essential for a fully functioning economy?
  • The status of the border(s) between Scotland and the rest of the UK?
  • The volume of Scottish exports being shipped via the rest of the UK?
  • The development of port facilities to allow a greater proportion of Scottish exports to be shipped directly from Scotland
  • The development of road and rail infrastructure to support the enhanced port facilities
  • How to introduce a Scottish retirement pension and what level will it be set at?
  • The size and scope of Scottish armed forces?
  • Scottish shipbuilding without orders from the Royal Navy?
  • Scottish Energy Company, announced amid great fanfare at the 2017 SNP conference and promised for the last parliament?

How much time has Nicola Sturgeon’s government spent on addressing, never mind resolving these issues? If your answer is none, then you’ll be pretty close to being correct. Perhaps the biggest fiasco is the Scottish Energy Company, promising cheap energy for all, not delivered in the last parliament as promised, and now not even included in the latest Government plans. Was it always just a wee sop to the masses and never a real intention?

If not the above issues, what have the SNP and the Scottish Government been spending their time on. Well, not surprisingly, I have a list of some of these as well. They include:

  • Brexit. How much time did Nicola Sturgeon spend trying to prevent the English voters getting what the voted for? Imagine the reaction if the English Government spent as much time trying to prevent something the Scots wanted. Oh, of course, they did, didn’t they, in 2014. Who remembers Nicola Sturgeon saying “Scotland will not be dragged out of the EU against our will”. Who remembers “Scotland could hold another independence referendum if forced to leave the EU”. Note the difference in emphasis between the two sentences, “will not” and “could“. As it happens, both promises were ignored,
  • GRA reform, or as it is more commonly known, The Exclusion of Women bill or The Disapperance of the Two Sexes bill, is the Scottish Government plan to invent women with willies,
  • the Hate Crime Act, introduced to prevent any opposition to GRA reform, by making opposition illegal, subject to jail time,
  • the Alex Salmond trials, the SNP’s attempt to exclude any competition for the independence vote by smearing Salmond to prevent him from re-entering politics,
  • the jailing of Craig Murray for having the cheek to report both the prosecution case and the defence case in the Alex Salmond criminal trial, making clear that the prosecution case was so flimsy, you could look through it to see what the Government’s real intention was,
  • the so-called 4 Nations plans, a 4 Nations Covid response which resulted in Scotland having one of the worst records in the world, a 4 Nations Oil plan which would give Westminster even more control over Scottish resources, were Nicola Sturgeon’s ideas for developing the Scottish nation by asking Westminster to make even more decisions for us
  • and the latest fiasco, restrictions on protesting against Government policies close to Holyrood, making use of a Westminster law, presumably to mop up any not caught by the Hate Crime Act.

So, in summary, no time has been spent on updating the indy prospectus, that’s no Scottish Government time in 5 years, no time spent by the NEC, the supposed controlling body of the SNP, though I think everyone knows that the real controlling body of the SNP is the one inhabited by Nicola Stiugeon.

Instead, the majority of Government and Party time was spent doing stuff which brought independence no closer. Just look at the list above. Nothing on that list will help bring about Scottish independence. In fact, arguably, the opposite is true, as all the actions are so devisive, they’re likely the have set independence back for years, perhaps even for generations.

There’s been a lot of talk recently about why independence is important and what independence really means. For me, independence means the confidence to make your own choices, both as an individual and collectively, as a country, knowing what you do matters, knowing that it won’t simply be overturned or ignored by those in another country who really call the shots. I personally think that, in just a few years, Scotland would be unrecognisably better compared to the country it is now. The difference between today’s colonialisation and tomorrow’s independence is vast and is something worth fighting for.

I hope you agree.

10 thoughts on “Where are we going to now?

  1. Excellent writing. I eagree with your take on these matters.
    The sad thing is that it is going to take a while sort out. It is a pervasive, destructive, at times insane, mess. Here is hoping the punters eventually get to the truth of what is happening and how it happened. A few arrests would not go amiss either..

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    1. Thanks. Short of there being arrests, and I think that unlikely, I don’t see anything changing in the SNP till 2025, when Sturgeon may reveal she has been offered some international job, just like Gordon Brown, perhaps. Gradually, the punters will realise, but will it happen quickly enough to be decisive? I do think it’s now too late for the SNP. They’ve spent so long trying to trash any and all opposition that too many no longer trust them, so the pre-2014 collaboration just won’t be repeated. We need a new party, but Alba may not have enough time both to build a reputation and recover from the dirt thrown by the SNP and their media support.

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  2. They are likely to leave us trapped, I don’t know what form it will take but I can’t see any other outcome. I can sense a vindictiveness in the way they are selling us out. In their policy making too and in their reduction of the SNP and the Independence movement.

    I’ll hold on to the hope that justice will eventually be done.

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    1. I don’t know where the SNP are going, but I don’t see any way back for them. A year or so ago, I thought that the announcement of a referendum date would have brought everyone together, but do longer. Too many boats have been burned, too much trust lost for a return to the glory days of 2013-14. Their sole independence strategy is to eliminate all opposition by any means at all, increasingly without the slightest regard for the damage caused to the individuals targetted.

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  3. When not if we take our independence there has to be deep discussion about the traitorous collaborators in Holyrood that have held our citizens in such total contempt , and I very much hold the SNP traitors within that grouping

    A guy called Breeks comments on WOS and along with others including myself has raised the NEED for a second chamber in Holyrood to hold ALL Scottish governments to account , I would propose that second chamber to consist of ordinary working class people , not academics or professionals entrenched in the middle and upper classes who seem to populate the majority of consultative bodies and quangos
    I would use as examples the art college that is submerged in bourgeoisie members and the quango responsible for ignoring MASSIVE opposition (record levels) to the flamingo land desecration of our worldwide beautiful Loch Lomond shore which is OWNED by the people of Scotland
    As you have eloquently stated upthread the lies and failed promises are exposed and either shit or fuck off Nikla

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    1. I’ve seen suggested a body like the South African Truth and Reconciliation commission for those who told lies and ruined lives. Why not.

      Given our recent experience of the stupidity of the Scottish Government, a second chamber seems like a good idea. It should be elected. Although I understand your suggestion of working class members, if there is a reasonable salary attached, some (not all) will quickly become middle class. You can see lots in our current parliaments. There has to be a restriction on the maximum number of terms one person can serve.

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      1. I think personally that a selection such as ordinary people who are selected for jury service could be workable , their current salary would be payable by the SG with expenses incurred also being paid , that would negate the troughing where people would be doing a civic duty and also ensuring that arsehole politicians are kept in check . I also favour compulsory voting which may encourage more participation in politics

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      2. Are you talking about some form of selection, rather than an election for the second chamber? How would a selection work?

        While I agree we need ordinary people involved, there are significant practical issues. Parliaments last a lot longer than trials, so the requirement for employers to release staff selected or elected would have to change. If there is a limit placed on length of service, that would discourage those who have few resources other than their wage. They might find it difficult to get re-employed once their term finishes. That might mean those putting their names forward were those who could afford periods of unemployment or those with private incomes.


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