I believe in unity, just not with ‘them’

This week saw the most post-election independence activity ever from Nicola Sturgeon, perhaps pushed into it by the enormous success of the Wee Alba Book, with crowded venues at every event organised to discuss it. However, several important questions, such as the date, the currency and the borders, were either not addressed or were glossed over. In particular, there was one very important aspect of any campaign that Sturgeon refused to address, even when directly questioned.

One thing that all Independistas agree on is the need for a united campaign. Without unity, there won’t be a campaign, there will be several different campaigns. Without unity, there will be disagreements between the campaigns, there will be arguments about the correct way forward, there will be different points of view on all of the questions that damaged Yes in the 2014 referendum. Without unity, voters will think that independence is all about arguments and confusion. Without unity, independence will not happen.

Despite the obvious disadvantages, Nicola Sturgeon has consistently refused to allow the SNP to have any contact with Alba and ISP and the other independence supporting groups and parties. In fact, the opposite is true as she has encouraged her followers to describe the other independence supporting parties in the most unflattering of terms, describing them as enemies, not friends, as if trying to ensure that pro-independence voters have only one realistic option, rather than trying to maximise the independence vote.

A recent reply from an MSP to a query from one of his constituents pretty much confirms that there is no possibility of a collaborative relationship between the SNP and Alba. Typically, the SNP puts the whole blame on Alba.

Sturgeon gives the impression that she believes the SNP owns the Yes movement and there’s no need to discuss policy options with other groups. Recent events have shown how true that is. Last Tuesday, following the presentation of the first in a series of papers highlighting the advantages of independence (a bit of a damp squib considering how it was announced), Sturgeon was asked if she saw a role for Alba in the independence campaign. She refused to give a direct answer.

What then could be the reason for Nicola Sturgeon to rule out SNP collaboration with any other independence group? What could be the reason for her to do the one thing that all independistas agree will assure a No vote?

Two possible explanations occur to me, neither great, but one worse than the other.

First, it could be that Sturgeon believes that she knows all the answers and that independence can only happen if she calls all the shots. Based on her behaviour as First Minister and leader of the SNP, it is obvious that Sturgeon needs to be in charge. She allows no dissenting opinions. Nothing happens in the Scottish Government or in the SNP without her say-so so it wouldn’t be a shock if she acts the same way about independence. Her policy of my way or the highway can be seen from the swift action she takes to sideline any party members with their own opinions. Those promoted are those who agree with her every statement. Whether that leads to better government and whether it would lead to a winning independence campaign is in some doubt.

Second, and much worse, it could be that Sturgeon is making decisions to sabotage the independence movement, and she could be doing it deliberately (© George Foulkes). Could that be the explanation for her strange and counter-productive infatuation with GRA reform and Hate Crimes legislation which are obviously creating division in the Yes movement. Could that be the explanation for the otherwise astonishing decision to sell off Scotland’s wind energy future for buttons. Could that be the explanation for her ignoring all the earlier opportunities to advance the cause of Scottish independence, particularly in 2016 with the Brexit vote.

If Nicola Sturgeon is serious about independence, she will have to accept that any campaign is not just about the SNP. There are other parties with other opinions whose views will have to be discussed and accommodated within any campaign strategy. Can she do this? Will she do this?

22 thoughts on “I believe in unity, just not with ‘them’

  1. Not a chance will there be a unified campaign. 0. I am still 99% fraud and 1% stitch up with regard to whether this is genuine. Or in other words it is just another Sturgeon trick given that only her leadership clique are in the know. Every other policy announcement bar the social engineering agenda has been a con. I would be very worried indeed if a date was confirmed and verified.

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    1. Unfortunately, I agree with you about the unified campaign. I will be extremely surprised if this is not a trick to buy even more time to find a reason to blame inaction on the Tories. As no preparation has been done, and nothing has been done to fix the skewed franchise, they cannot possibly hold a referendum in 16 months time with any hope of success. My belief is that they are driving up Scottish hopes in the expectation that they will be able to blame Westminster, the Tory controlled Electoral Commission or the English Supreme Court (or all three) for their blocking tactics. I really hope I’m wrong, but I cannot see any good outcome, short of a miracle.

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      1. I’m just frustrated at how wrong things have gone AW.

        You’re a good writer and obviously a decent lad, thanks for taking the time to give me your opinion.

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  2. your article answers the question. If the snp run a referendum campaign it will be to make sure it fails. The only hope we have is The Claim of Right.

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    1. I see no signs that they’re looking for success. No preparation, no timetable, no plans, no effort to persuade folk by highlighting all the advantages of an independent country. The Claim of Right may be the best option, but I would worry if it would work if the SNP refuse to cooperate in good faith, unless Sturgeon is in charge.

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  3. The SNP has always been a bit cagey about collaboration with other parties – although when in government it is happy to work with the alleged greens.

    The SNP has definitely never been able to separate itself from the wider independence movement, always thought of itself as absolutely equivalent to the independence movement. It is very subtle. When I was a member it was never talked about explicitly but somehow it was just assumed that this was the case, that being in the SNP meant being in the vanguard of independence activism and that this was the only way to achieve independence. Never articulated exactly like this, but assumed to be the case. It was almost like the secret handshake.

    And yet the only active things expected of members was stuffing envelopes, delivering leaflets and mild canvasing. Hardly revolutionary!

    The SNP hatred of ALBA is frankly childish.

    Don’t forget either that the SNP has been taken over by an unintelligent cabal of sheeple led by intellectual mediocrities, none of whom are unable to cope with criticism, because they have been “captured” by the violence of woke. I use the word violence with some trepidation, but it is often used by the woke to describe views that do not conform with its own, so it seems appropriate to use it against them, to say that woke arguments are a kind of violence against ordinary common sense – particularly when woke activists carry baseball bats to pride marches – and believe that being what they call CIS is an actual threat to trans people. They really are fckng idiots.

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    1. From 2015, the SNP thought they were the independence movement and could do whatever they wanted and everyone else would just follow. Just when it changed from wanting independence to wanting power, I’m not sure, but it may be earlier than people think. I believe it was only weeks after Sturgeon became leader that the SNP registered the Yes flags as an SNP trademark, so even then they were acting to take over the movement, and by the time they introduced the gendered version, they were probably beyond saving.

      Members are there for the work they do and for the money they generate, certainly not for their contribution to policy making. The current SNP are probably the least democratic party in the UK. Their attitude to Alba is beyond childish. It’s a reflection of Sturgeon’s refusal to accept that she’s been bested by the jury in the Salmond trial as well as doing ll they can to make sure there’s no other party in town for independence supporters to vote for. All about power.

      I still don’t understand the woke nonsense. Maybe it’s close to Sturgeon’s heart (if she has one) or maybe it was just a way to deliberately cause trouble in the Yes movement. However, it may be they’ve underestimated how angry people would get. They seem to have a ‘tiger by the tail’. They can’t stop pushing the agenda, because, if they stop, it will devour them.

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    1. “Genuine” is a complex word when applied tp the SNP. From the outside it looks like another bit of necessary fodder for the doubters and switherers. It may also serve an internal function to encourage the envelope stuffers. Some may even believe that it will be a campaign that will actually make a difference. I don’t and I doubt if it will …. a campaign for another independence referendum that will appear indistinguishable from the last in 2014? The powers that be are streets ahead of this already!! If nobody in the SNP realises this, then there is no hope at all.

      Sometimes I think that the SNP in power at Hollyrood is for some already a sign of victory or of “independence being just around the corner” … it is this kind of naïveté that has ensured the so called democratic route has failed and always will.

      As Mr Bell of Perth is always keen to reiterate there will be no independence campaign that does not directly confront the power of the British state. And for as long as the SNP is populated by idiots who believe otherwise, then there is no campaign.

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  4. What I am getting at is that it is time to stop guessing. The tactic is to keep us guessing and that is the stage we are at. We will not under any circumstances that I can imagine regain our Independence under these people and this style of government. It is crystal clear to me that Sturgeon and her closest associates need to get out of politics completely and as soon as possible. The immediate concern is not Independence it is the damage being done right now under the current political arrangements.
    Surely the absolute priority is for the removal of the people who currently sit in the Scottish government from any influence whatsoever in the future of this land. Only then can we try and rebuild. It is a bad time generally and in the best of times Scotland is disadvantaged by its political situation. We cannot afford at this time of all times to be governed by a bam, a psychopath.

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    1. I can only agree that we won’t get independence with Sturgeon and her acolytes in charge, but how to remove her? The changes in the SNP constitution makes it impossible to follow the legal route, so she can’t get voted out. People keep voting for the party, so there’s not even any discontent to base a revolution on. Getting the offer of a UN job might take her out, but she’d only be replaced by another clone like Angus Robertson or Alyn Smith. I can’t see a way of reversing the SNP’s current political direction, so I think it’s beyond change. Another party may be our only hope.

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    2. There is also the old rumour that the bam and the psychopath have been knobbled by the British state already and will do absolutely nothing to further the advance the cause of independence because they are shit scared of whatever shit they have on them. I have no evidence in support of this rumour, but also none that would falsify it. It becomes more and more plausible sometimes as certain events play out … … or if certain campaigns are announced with no chance whatever of achieving anything other than window dressing.

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      1. Good question. By stopping voting for the SNP while they are under her control I suppose. You don’t see the ‘Sturgeon Must Go! patter posted much so I thought I would post it. It seems like the first step to bringing down that which she has created. The control thing is big with her as is the me me me. You can see how that system of control would fall apart quickly when she has left to enjoy the contents of her bank account in peace, finally.

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      2. Unfortunately, recent elections have shown that Scots don’t seem likely to stop voting for the SNP, no matter how obvious it is that they don’t prioritise Scottish interests. A campaign to stop voting SNP seems likely to fail unless something dramatic happens, unlikely considering the current media love-in.

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      3. The exposure that Duncan Spence talks about will take a bit of time but there are people who are getting organised in their professions, in law particularly. You can see it in the articles that are written in their journals that trained honest people are not content at all with the condition of the world they work in. We also have a couple of trials coming up at some point. It will be drip, drip, drip unfortunately given the miserable state of mainstream journalism.

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  5. Its going to take a while to come back from this period. For a start there will need to be a review of all Sturgeon’s appointments by the next SG, for a couple of very good reasons. That will be a job in itself she will have built up a fair bit of patronage. It would be far better done by an honest nationalist government than a unionist one.

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  6. Unionism is perfectly content with corrupt government and its patronage if the requirements of established power are being met. How would have Salmond have fared with our unionist media had he tried to fit up Jack McConnell?

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