Sometimes things are better in the cold light of day, today is that day for some of us as the result of the General Election sinks in. There were no real winners yesterday, not really. Scotland appears to have found its level, the Tories didn’t win, they are now in coalition with possibly the only party in the UK more disgusting than UKIP, that will come back to haunt them. Labour could have won if many in their party hadn’t been actually campaigning against their own leader here in Scotland and UK wide. The SNP have suffered a set back, but we mustn’t forget, as Peter Bell at Scoop It says, the SNP did actually win the election in Scotland, it just doesn’t feel like that when they have lost people like George Kerevan, Angus Robertson and Alex Salmond. A comment on my last blog really makes sense in so many ways though in the cold light of day ,
Thing is the SNP need to put the lid on independence and any referendum for the foreseeable future, with 60% of the Scottish electorate again the idea, bit of a dead duck. Don’t get me wrong I want an independent Scottish republic within Europe, nothing less. However realpolitik dictates a move in another, not dissimilar, direction. The SNP should forget about trying to come to any kind of working relationship with the Holyrood opposition parties, they’ve tasted blood so will refuse any approach. Would it not be better to negotiate with the Parliamentary (Westminster) Labour Party for Home Rule, it was their idea. That gives everything except defence and foreign affairs. Corbyn is probably well against Trident renewal, the SNP can support him in that and with the fatally weakened Tories, unlikely they’ll get any offensive operations plans through Westminster. As for foreign affairs, Brexit kills it, if Brexit fails then situation normal. Work needs to be done here to win back votes from the fishing and agricultural interests, the map is blue where Scotland is strongest in both of these.
I don’t agree with the foreseeable future part regarding the next referendum but George is correct in a lot of what he says and his ideas are sound. I just think that we probably need to wait and see the result of Brexit. Davidson has put a lot of stock in the deal that Scotland will get, esp the Fisherman on the East Coast who resoundingly appear to have backed the Tories, as did their communities. They will be sold down the river in the Brexit negotiations as the EU will accept nothing less than access to Scottish Fishing Waters, lets see how they feel when that happens. The yoons do smell blood right now in relation to the SNP and the wider YES movement, let them, the numbers for YES have held up well since 2014 and we are going nowhere. Some might have went back to Scottish Labour and some to the disgusting Conservative and Yoonionist Party, but we remain strong and need to just keep our powder dry to use terms that Ruth Davidson would like.
I believe the SNP need to re-group, re-think, work on the domestic front and try to figure out a way around the fiscal trap that was the Smith Commission, I still believe that it should have been rejected outright, the agreement, that will run out in 5 years, could see Scotland really punished financially. However, the SNP should just concentrate on that, get our services into a place where once independence comes they are ready on day one to cope, what ever that takes. The party, I think, should also take the pressure off of Nicola Sturgeon, the media have turned her into a hate figure for the ignorant, time to let Nicola Sturgeon be First Minister and others in the party need to take on some of the constitutional slack. We may have lost some good MPs but we haven’t lost them, there is your planning inner circle for the next referendum, they are there. Give them time to rest, to re-charge then let them loose and they will take the yoons on with good ideas and good policy.
As far as the yoonionists are concerned we really can sit back a little and let them destroy themselves, but we can’t be complacent, re-group, re-think, get back on the horse and get ready. But Theresa May is not going to last, as I have said they now depend on a disgusting party for power, that can’t last. The Scottish Lib Dems might have gotten 3 seats but they are irrelevant to say the least, they just don’t matter. Scottish Labour might recover but there might be a clear out now and the Blairites like Dugdale, Murray might be on borrowed time and the left of the party, you know real Labour members, not the Tory ones, can be brought around in some ways and most are anti-tory. UKip are finished and Ruth Davidson is a disaster walking, it really is only a matter of time when she does something really disgusting, her over confidence and complacency will be her un-doing. Lets also not forget they are still Tories, they will act like Tories, they will govern like Tories and they will punish like Tories, some in Scotland might have forgotten but they are about to get a reminder.
It feels bad today but it might have been exactly what the YES movement needed, we have been given a reminder of the battle that we are involved in against one of the most organised and disgusting political machines the world has ever seen, the masters at sucking the hope out of countries the world over. No, this isn’t over, we got a bloody nose but you know what, the bleeding stops, you learn from the experience and you get back up. I’m 100%YES, and I’m even more determined today than I have ever been.