The Sadiq Khan story rumbles on. First of all we had the ill-informed article in the Guardian by Claire Heuchan, and covered very well elsewhere.
Then we had Anus Sarwar talking about being trolled by angry white men while denying what Sadiq Khan said, what we read that he said and what he actually said at the Scottish Labour Conference or meeting given the amount of people who actually bothered to attend. But as we know Anus isn’t very bright and actually got into Holyrood on the list vote after saying in Westminster, shortly before losing his seat, that Holyrood wasn’t a democratic place, damn right it’s not if he can get in on the list.
Jennie article is even worse as she tries to imply the same accusations without actually saying so. She says the campaign for Scottish independence has long since been hijacked by purer nationalists, who have narrowed the focus of the debate, as nationalists tend to do, to a them versus us contest. Alex Salmond, Sturgeon’s predecessor, was not necessarily the instigator of this more traditional form of nationalism but he certainly gave it a booming voice. And Sturgeon has been as effective, if not more so, in fighting nationalism’s cause by sewing division. The ‘them’ is England, and more specifically, London, and she cannot deliver a speech or defend a policy without reference to this apparent foe.
Jenny goes on to say while it is unfair to lump the loose cannons of the rank and file with a more principled leadership, nationalism by its very nature is about exclusion not inclusion.
First thing first, they just don’t get it, Wee Ginger Dug has a brilliant blog Let’s Talk About Racism in Scotland today which captures the differences really well and during the last General Election we saw the posters and the articles implying a lot of things about us Scots or about immigrants. If you want to see the real brand of ill-informed unionism then check out Scotland in Union and you will find a lot of comments that should be reported to the Police let alone covered by the press, if we had a fair and honest press that is.
The unionists are circling the wagons when we decide that we won’t sit back and be called racists while they attack us from behind at every opportunity. In some ways you have to admire them, they have fought dirty for hundreds of years and are the masters at it. Don’t allow them to try to keep you down and keep your voice unheard by calling you a racist, don’t let them play the victim card, remember what we are up against here, crocodile tears on one side and British Bulldog in the other.