I promise to tell the truth …

Or … how Sturgeon has tried to save England

I’m not talking about her flawed and unsuccessful attempt to change the minds of the English Brexit voters, the majority of whom foolishly voted for a proposition that only benefitted the rich and, as is becoming more obvious by the day, disadvantaged the rest of us.

No. This is about how she has managed to maintain her popularity despite a series of events and decisions she has made that have produced no benefit for the people of Scotland but have continued to provide Westminster and their rich pals with the opportunity to strip Scotland of resources to the advantage of London and the South of England.

The SNP was formed in 1934 and, for the first 80 years of its existance, its main focus was on independence for Scotland, culminating in the 2014 referendum. They had limited success in Westminster elections during that period, the highlight being the 11 seats gained in October 1974. Following the loss of the referendum vote, Alex Salmond resigned and his deputy Nicola Sturgeon became party leader and First Minister.

At every election since then, Sturgeon has told Scotland that only a vote for the SNP will guarantee independence for Scotland. Give us the mandate and we’ll deliver independence, she said.

But independence has never been delivered because if they were ever to deliver independence, they wouldn’t be able to use the same argument at the next election. Why would Sturgeon discard a winning argument. After all, if you don’t vote for the SNP to deliver independence, who will you vote for? Failure to deliver was SNP strategy for continuing electoral success.

Doesn’t that remind you of the Labour Party in Scotland. At every election, Labour promised to improve conditions for working families and the less well off, but they never delivered, because if they did, they wouldn’t be able to use the same promise in the next election, and the one after that. Failure to deliver was Labour strategy for continuing electoral success.

Is this the reason behind the SNP’s treatment of other independence supporting parties such as Alba and ISP? For the ‘who will you vote for’ argument to work, there can be no other independence supporting parties worth voting for. So, part of the SNP strategy for election success is to paint other parties as not worthy in some way. Unlike the unionist parties, whose policies they may criticise, the SNP target individual members of independence supporting parties, labelling them as misogynistic, homophobic and their old standby, transphobic. They’re even trying to bring in a set of rules preventing any individual or group from campaigning for independence unless they agree to self-id and the SNP definition of women. Good luck with that, SNP. You’ll need it.

This strategy particularly applies to Alba. Apparently, in a party with over 7000 members, Alba has no decent members at all. Not even one. Strange, as most of the members were formerly in the SNP, but transferred because they became dissolutioned with the SNP’s lack of progress towards independence.

Getting rid of political competition would also have been the reason behind the attempt to remove Alex Salmond from the political stage by concocting a series of unbelievable falsehoods and exaggerations to try to get him imprisoned, with the help of the politicised police and procurator fiscal service. I say unbelievable because the jury didn’t believe them, one reason for the latest push to try sex cases without a jury. Easier to get the ‘right’ verdict? Had the lies succeeded, Salmond could well have died in prison, making those involved open to accusations of both political murder, subject only to the court of public opinion, and actual murder, for which, in today’s Scotland, no charges would be brought. Charges are never brought against pro-Sturgeon individuals, even those who commit obvious perjury.

And now we have the latest nonsense, handing over the decision on Scottish independence, a decision which rightly can only be made by the Scottish people, to an English court. The judgement of the so-called Supreme Court, set up by Westminster to allow any and all Scottish decisions to be overruled by English opinion, was that there is no legal means by which Scotland can regain her independence, so Scots should just lie back and think of England while allowing themselves to be raped, time and time again. Comment on the judgement has already been covered many times, by many people, including myself, here

Who benefits from this SNP failure to plan for and deliver independence? It’s certainly not the majority of Scots, who continue to have to put up with decisions made by the increasingly abysmal English government in Westminster. It’s not even the majority of the English, who are having the same problems with Westminster as we are. The only beneficiaries are the Tory party and the top 1% in England, both getting richer, and SNP leaders and politicians in Scotland, getting richer while doing nothing to advance the cause they were elected to advance.

But has Sturgeon taken things too far? Has her decision to hand over Scottish sovereignty to an English court backfired? Has her plan to introduce yet more delay into the independence project resulted a totally different outcome to the one she wanted and has it resulted in weakening her position even more than the self-id rebellion? Have ever larger numbers of Scots started seeing that the lack of planning for independence, the lack of effort to gain independence, and the lack of desire for independence is being demonstrated almost daily by Nicola Sturgeon, by members of the Scottish Government and by nearly all SNP elected members? Has Sturgeon signed her own political death warrant?

Finally, should we consider whether Sturgeon planned the actions only designed to benefit herself or whether her failure to deliver independence is part of an agreement with the English government along the lines of “you make sure independence doesn’t happen and we’ll support you for the UN job” or whatever other high-profile, highly paid ambassador position she thinks she has the best chance of getting? Watching Sturgeon’s actions (or inactions) since she became First Minister, can anyone really believe that this scenario is completely impossible?


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English Supreme Court Rules – OK

In the blink of an eye, in court judgement terms, the Supreme Court has ruled that Scotland is not a country, or at least, not a country that can make its own decisions without help from Mother England. They’ve ruled that Scotland is a colony controlled by the English parliament, who are the ultimate authority and have the power to deny Scots the ability to even think about the form of government they want.

Unionists will be pleased. Yet another blow to Scot’s belief in themselves. Yet another victory for those who want us all to think Scots are the lowest of the low. And yet another excuse for delay that was surely the only reason why Sturgeon sent a unionist Lord Advocate to the Supreme Court to destroy the Scottish case.

This was a case that was supposed to take months to come to a decision on, because of the volume and the complexity of the written evidence before the judges. No decision before next year was the expectation. The early date for the announcement leant credence to the view that there would be no decision, that they would say that a decision couldn’t be made because the Scottish Parliament hadn’t yet approved a referendum bill. That was my belief and that of many others.

Instead, what we got was a decision based solely on the judges’ understanding that Westminster is boss, that whatever Westminster says, goes.

There was no time to look at the evidence before them, so the evidence was ignored. The judges simply said that we aren’t going to waste our time thinking about what Scots want to do. We’ll just tell them to get back their box, learn their place and stop pretending they can think for themselves. We’ll just tell them that they can only make decisions that are permitted to them by English parliamentarians.

A judgement that was supposed to be made under Scot’s law said that Scot’s law is merely a subset of English law and when push comes to shove, English law is all that counts. A panel of five, including one Scottish judge, effectively ruled that Scot’s law doesn’t exist.

So where does that leave us now? What legal means exist for Scots to decide on the form of government we want? Now that a referendum has been ruled out (giving Nicola Sturgeon’s government another year to think about what they’ll do), what’s next? Is it the plebiscite in 2024? Or will Sturgeon ask the Supreme Court to rule on whether a plebiscite is within the competence of the Scottish Government? I wouldn’t rule that out.

If we don’t take Scot’s law into our own hands, nothing will ever happen. Let’s remember the Declaration of Arbroath. Let’s use the Claim of Right. Let’s do something before being Scottish becomes nothing but a folk memory.


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Is it all just a dream?

Imagine the following post summarising the current state of the Scottish independence debate.

There’s an independence referendum coming. Obviously, with less than a year to go, the Scottish Government’s campaign is in full swing. There have been marches through the streets of major Scottish towns and cities, SNP MPs and MSPs at their head, spreading the word, making sure everyone in Scotland knows about the benefits of independence.

The biggest march, so far, has been in Glasgow, with Nicola Sturgeon leading over quarter of a million independence supporters to a rally in Glasgow Green. An even bigger march and rally is planned for Edinburgh, with close to half a million expected on the Meadows to witness the widely rumoured reconciliation between Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon, setting aside their differences to work together for independence.

The independence bloggers have all got a new lease of life. Stuart Campbell has unretired Wings over Scotland and has nothing but praise for the actions of the Scottish Government. Many blogs, even including my own poor efforts, are showing a ten-fold increase in traffic, driven by the availability of two independence supporting video channels now being broadcast into every home in Scotland and being watched by millions.

Even the mainstream media are finding it impossible to ignore what’s going on, especially following the decision of Scottish Labour Party members to demand separation from the UK Labour party so Scottish Labour can become a truly Scottish based party. The Scottish Liberal Democrats are soon expected to follow suit. The numbers involved in independence events are so large that the mainstream media, even including BBC Scotland, are forced to report (almost) truthfully on what’s happening, even showing glimpses of the hundreds of onlookers stepping off the pavement to join the marchers. Unionist supporting organisations are finding it hard to get a platform because very few want to listen to what they have to say and they have no evidence to back up their increasingly deranged utterings.

How many of you have been swept up by the colour and noise and excitement of the events? How many of you have now been converted to be strong independence supporters when the true facts were put to you by the Government. Were you a No and are you now a Yes? Will you now be voting for independence? The campaign is being and will be a success. There is no longer any doubt that independence is the settled will of the Scottish people. Scotland will return to being an independent country next year.

But …

Is this true or is it all a figment of my imagination? Is it just wishful thinking on my part? Is it all a dream? Unfortunately, it turns out I’ve woken up to the real nightmare, the real nightmare where nothing described above is happening and where the ‘party of independence’ has leaders who are actively trying to prevent independence. This is the nightmare when the people in whom you put your trust turn out to be no better than those you knew would do everything they could to stop you from succeeding. This is present day Scotland.

However, to end on a lighter note, here’s a few words that Abba could have written to cheer you up and help you through these dark times.

I Have a Dream, a fantasy
To help me through, reality
And my destination, makes it worth the while
Pushin’ through the darkness, it’s just another mile

I believe in Indy
Something good in everything I see
I believe in Indy
When I know the time is right for me
I’ll cross the stream, I Have a Dream

Don’t give up. Keep the faith, folks.