I was reading an interview in the October IScot Magazine with former Labour MP and MSP Malcolm Chisholm and just thought to myself that a comment he made was the paradox for many Labour voters.
Malcolm said that the ” political arguments for independence have got stronger, “attachment to Great Britain has weakened greatly since 1979”. Malcolm implies that the political argument for independence has been won but that the economics have gotten worse and that economics trumps politics. That might be true for the ordinary man or woman in the street but should it for a politician?
Now a paradox is a statement that, despite apparently sound reasoning from true premises, leads to a self-contradictory or a logically unacceptable conclusion. Some logical paradoxes are known to be invalid arguments but are still valuable in promoting critical thinking (wiki).
Isn’t the paradox here that only independence can put into the hands of the politicians the powers that a Government needs to try to effect the economy, but in Labour speak, unless the economy, controlled by the people who would deny that independence, improves greatly, then they cannot support the political argument even if they think it has been won. Now is it just me or is that nuts, is that a no win position that can only result in burying your head in the sand and denying everything you see around you. I just don’t get the thinking of many who campaigned for a no vote, Malcolm being one of them.
Are they so afraid to take power, so afraid to have to actually make the decisions that normal politicians in independent countries make every day. There is a part of me that see a cowardice in their arguments, a lack of faith in themselves, their country and their fellow citizens and that must be some of the saddest feelings anyone can have. Those of us on the yes side might sometimes feel powerless but have the optimism of the argument, the fight for what we know to be the way ahead. But for those unionists like Malcolm, to be powerless and afraid must be even worse to live with, knowing that the political arguments you believe in have been lost but you are still paralysed by fear. Who would want to be them, not me.