IT’S time that the great IndyRef2 delusion was put to bed once and for all.
Time to expose this tired, trumpeted lie that the SNP have a mandate to deliver it and that the nation demands it.
Because they don’t. And it doesn’t. It really is that simple.
In fact, it’s so simple that I can’t believe it has to be put down here in black and white. Yet it does.
So here is the news for the hard of thinking:
Nicola Sturgeon might control Holyrood and her MPs might hold most of our seats in Westminster, but it’s becoming crystal clear with every passing day that they either don’t know — or worse, don’t care — how the majority of the population sees the future of the UK.
At last month’s General Election, 68.1 per cent of the Scottish electorate turned out. Of that 68.1 per cent, 45 per cent voted Nat.
That’s just over 30 per cent of the total electorate. Or 1,242,084 out of 4,053,140.
Yet still Sturgeon peddles the myth that we’re all screaming to get out of the Union. Still she persists with the paranoia about us being held hostage by an oppressive neighbour.
Still her unquestioning supporters get to commandeer the streets to pretend that freedom is a heartbeat away.
It would be sad if it wasn’t so horribly damaging to the country, this delusion.
When tens of thousands marched through Glasgow on Saturday, they saw homeless souls soaked and starving on the pavement.
They passed businesses shuttered and to let. They saw schools where exam results are getting worse by the year. Across the river from their snaking route, they saw the hulking, showpiece hospital where patients have died through bugs picked up on its wards. On every road they trod, they had to dance a Highland Fling to avoid falling down potholes.
All these blights on our biggest city, blights we see repeated across EVERY Scottish town and city, have got worse on the SNP’s watch and are all fixable under Holyrood’s powers.
But the hordes with their flags and banners fluttering in the wintry wind and their indignation blazing like a flamethrower aren’t having that. Even whisper in their earshot that The Party might be fallible and they curse you as a traitor.
To them, anything that is wrong with Scotland is London’s fault and all of it will go away the day we wriggle free of our imperialist shackles.
To listen to them, you’d think we lived in North Korea rather than somewhere with every freedom known to man.
Well, enough of this fake revolutionary cobblers. We surely crossed a Rubicon this week when Sturgeon accused PM Boris Johnson of “blocking democracy” with his refusal to grant a second referendum on going it alone.
Now, you know and I know that Johnson’s a clown. We know that not only should he not be running Britain, you wouldn’t trust him to run a bath.
He’s right on this one, though — and he’d be quite entitled to say it’s STURGEON who’s the undemocratic one here, she and anyone else who described IndyRef1 as a “once in a generation chance” but now refuses to accept the result.
I voted Yes. We lost. And nothing, least of all those latest election numbers, suggests that the mood of the country has changed dramatically enough to put ourselves through the same angry, divisive trauma all over again.
Why, then, in this climate, we indulge these pointless, disruptive Nationalist demos — the last was only at the start of November — is beyond me. Councillors and police chiefs need to answer why our biggest city has to go on lock down to traffic so Nicola’s Army can yell for something that’s no more than a notion.
They’ll keep on marching, though, of course they will. They’ll keep on blaming our ills on a big English boy who did it and ran away. Just as Sturgeon herself will keep on playing at politics over this, will keep shouting into the echo chamber and hearing the answers she wants to hear.
And you know why? Because it drowns out the rising howl of dissent from the actual majority, from those who don’t necessarily loathe the idea of independence, but who simply don’t CARE about it — just about plummeting school standards, lengthening A&E waiting lists, crumbling roads, those hungry souls in the supermarket doorway.
Until the First Minister breaks free of this delusion and starts living in the real world, she’s about as much use to Scotland as a chocolate Trident missile.
- I too voted YES in that referendum but, as a democrat, I accepted the result, much the same as most right thinking people would were they playing sport. West Dunbartonshire Council and the anti-democratic SNP on the other hand tried to have The Democrat banned from covering local government affairs here. They probably would like to see the article above banned and The Sun boycotted, but they don’t have the courage to take on Rupert Murdoch. There is a strong whiff of mediocrity and cowardice in the Council Offices at the old Burgh Hall in Dumbarton. Bill Heaney, Editor