While a large chunk of the independence movement gets stuck into the tiresome business of pointing fingers at other independence supporters and sneering, all is not at all well with our real opposition. Both the Labour branch office in Scotland and the Scottish Let’s Have Our Democratically Elected Leader Overthrown By London Tories are currently embroiled in existential crises.
Jackson Carlaw was elected by the membership of the Scottish Tories in a ballot just a few months ago. As we all know, the real leadership of the party however decided that Scottish people had voted wrongly, and so got rid of him. And in the process also got rid of any right not to be laughed at when they complain about other parties not respecting the outcome of democratic votes. Sadly for the Tories, their new branch office misleader DRoss is living down to his name.
DRoss has already been caught out this week lying in a radio interview about how he’d voted when he claimed that he’d stand up against imports of chlorinated chicken and hormone injected beef. He then managed to infuriate the Farmers Union after he falsely claimed that they supported what he’d done. Then yesterday in an interview with the BBC he decided that he’d enjoyed the experience so much that he was going to do it again. Not being content to aver that his support for the union was “staunch”, a dog whistle word whose implications any West of Scotland person will fully appreciate, DRoss asserted that the Edinburgh Agreement contains a proviso that the referendum of 2014 should be “once in a generation”. Of course the Edinburgh Agreement says no such thing. Naturally he was immediately corrected by the BBC interviewer. Oh wait. No.
Then in response to a tweet from the SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford calling out DRoss for lying, struggling children’s entertainer Annie Wells tweeted : “Come on Ian….. you must remember the Edinburgh agreement that Nicola and Alex signed. I can jog your memory if you like?” Please do Annie. We’d like nothing more than for you to jog on. Please show us the section in the Edinburgh Agreement where it says that the referendum was a once in a generation event. Annie then attempted to praise her own tweet, only she’d forgotten to log out of her main account to her troll account. Then she tweeted from her Women2Win account the exact same thing presumably believing that no one had noticed.
She was later joined by Jackson Carlaw in her insistence that the Edinburgh Agreement contains a piece of text that we can all see isn’t there. We’re now in some bizarre mirror universe where the Conservatives in Scotland are reduced to blatantly lying about something that is easily shown to be false, yet they insist on doubling down on their lie. This is a special sort of desperation that you only find amongst people who have realised that the game is up. The Conservatives in Scotland are now officially on a lower level than a small child whose face is covered in chocolate and who is sitting amidst empty packaging and crumbs yet who is insisting that it hasn’t eaten all the biscuits.
But they weren’t yet done. In a transparent attempt to garner some sympathy and throw up a distraction, because there’s nothing more energetic than a British nationalist in search of victimhood, resident Tory smugness Andrew Bowie tweeted a list of insults that he’d received in response to tweeting out a photo of his dinner, a plate of fish and chips. Unfortunately for Andrew this was not a plate of fish and chips as you or I would understand a plate of fish and chips. This was a twattishly designer plate of fish and chips of the sort you get in expensive Commons restaurants which are performing heavily subsidised riffs on working class food. One of the insults he received in response was the supremely poetic “Scottish Tory 6 chip twat”, and if that doesn’t end up as an song track title on the next album of a Scottish band there is no justice in this world. Personally I want to know whoever it was who came up with that quote and vote them the queen or king of the Yes movement.
So to recap, just in this week DRoss has managed to enrage the Farmers Union, lied on the BBC not once but twice, announced a Trumpian Scotland First programme which when you read the small print says that it won’t put Scotland first at all, claimed that causing traffic chaos with roadworks on the M8 will save the Union, engaged in a light spot of dog whistle sectarianism, and has seen “Scottish Tory 6 chip twat” trend on Twitter. So yeah, this is looking very like a party which is totally confident in its ability to resist another referendum.
Meanwhile in London, the real bosses of the Scottish Conservatives continue to inspire confidence. Health Secretary Matt Hancock was asked by Kay Burley of Sky News why the British Government wanted to offer a senior post to former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. “He’s a homophobe and a misogynist,” Kay pointed out. “Well he’s also an expert on trade”, replied Matt. Also Rolf Harris is pretty good at painting. Jimmy Savile was an expert at fundraising. Harold Shipman was a family doctor. And Peter Sutcliffe was a great lorry driver. Tory apologists have now been reduced to claiming that Kay Burley, yes that Kay Burley, is nothing more than a spokesperson for the woke left.
Looking at this chaos, the Scottish Labour party sent out an official press release saying “Haud ma coat”. The party’s dwindling band of MSPs are getting fed up with a branch office manager whose name they can never remember. And let’s be honest here, when James Kelly MSP manages to write a more eloquent resignation letter than anything that Rigomundo Lumpsqueezer has ever managed to say during his entire time in office, you should realise that you’ve got a bit of a problem. That’s a “bit of a problem” in the same way that a dinosaur in the Yucatan circa 66 million years ago thought that the rapidly growing fireball in the sky above it might just end up spoiling its afternoon.
So far no less than four Labour MSPs have publicly demanded the resignation of Randulph Lightluncher. But it’s going to take rather more than a change in leadership to save the Labour party in Scotland. Labour has lost its way in Scotland. It has devoted all its time and energy to attacking the SNP and to nurturing its grudges against a party which has proven considerably more successful in appealing to working class Scottish communities that it has forgotten that it was supposed to act to defend Scotland against the Conservatives. They now find themselves on the same side of the constitutional issue as the Tories, and moreover show every sign of wanting to double down on it. They’re like a poisoned man who thinks that the cure is to drink more poison.
There is a strong faction within the party which wants it to take a much harder line against independence, however over 40% of the party’s remaining voters want independence. Even worse than that according to an opinion poll that was published today a whopping 62% of Labour voters in Scotland believe that if there is an independence referendum in 2021, Scotland will vote for independence. The same poll also found that 63% of people in Scotland believe that Scotland will vote yes to independence if there’s a referendum next year. That means that a large and significant block of no voters already believe that independence is inevitable.
We are now close to, or maybe even already at, the tipping point where Scotland becomes a country where independence is the settled will of the people of Scotland. The British nationalist parties are in chaos. Labour has utterly lost its way and is facing extinction. The Conservatives are mired in confusion and incompetence and the cracks are already showing in their determination to resist another referendum. The momentum is ours. The future is ours. Our biggest danger is division amongst ourselves.
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