I was having a wee thought to myself yesterday and came to the realisation that Scotland and the constitutional debate have all but disappeared from the news, has Scotland been put back in it’s box?
The unionist media have all moved on to the two-horse race of the General Election, well they want us all to believe it’s a two-horse race. Here in Northern Britan we are suffering a BBC Scotland branch, Daily Rangers, and other unionist press love in with Jim ’never been a unionist’ Murphy that shows no sign of abating anytime soon.
The SNP are all wrapped up in selecting their candidates for the May elections, feels a bit late for myself but at least it’s getting done. While in Wastemonster the three Tory Parties voted 515 to 18 (28 Scottish Labour MPs voted with the TORIES again) to continue with austerity but you wouldn’t have known that by watching the news, the suffering of millions of people in the UK is old hat now…….just like the constitutional debate, the Smith Commission and Scotland.
It’s all went a bit quiet, too quiet if you ask me. The Smith Commission, as we all know, well those of us who care know, was and is a total con. So, are we all just sitting on our hands waiting for the draft Scotland Bill to be published? It’s supposed to be this month but where are daily requests for the bill? Where is the outcry that we are half way through the month and we haven’t seen a jot of it. Is it to become like Chilcot? Are we waiting on the unionists to water it down even more, is the control over road signs just too much to ask.
Now I would never have agreed to the Smith Commission proposals if I had been the SNP, the proposals don’t go far enough and I don’t hold with the step at a time approach at all, we don’t have time for that anymore as we see daily attacks on our standards of living by the three Tory Parties picking up pace. The SNP feared a backlash from the lying media of the referendum if they walked away, walking away for myself would have retained some dignity because staying meant having to acccept the rubbish that is the Smith Commission. Forget settled will of the people, the whole thing stinks and has been one big attack on the very fabric of Scotland and it’s needs.
However, given the importance of the up and coming General Election to the broader YES movement and the whole argument for constitutional change, I would have expected more to be going on. We are in real danger here of allowing the unionists to set the tone for too long, and the enthusiasm for change gets lost in the arguments of Tory, Tory More or Tory Red leading up to May. There is a real danger here in allowing the media to continue to set that tone with it’s Murphy bomb, the man who couldn’t be bothered to even vote yesterday at Westminster, along with people like Jim McGovern of Dundee West.
We really may be at risk losing the momentum of the broader YES campaign now, if we lose the momentum we lose the argument, and come May we might just lose our last real opportunity for change anytime soon.