The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has videotaped a New Years message to the nation. I’ve never really seen the point of these, like the Windsor Christmas Day lecture, they are pretty much a waste of time in my opinion but while I agree with the First Minister, I am also disappointed.
I completely agree with Nicola when she says “Scotland will always offer a warm welcome to the world. In fact, our reputation for being an open, warm-hearted, hospitable country has never been more important. I want to make that especially clear to the hundreds of thousands of nationals from other European Union countries, who have done us the honour of choosing Scotland as their home.
I 100% agree with that statement, Scotland couldn’t be more different from certainly the Tories in England who are mobilising the military to stop 6 refugees from crossing the English Channel and we should be proud of how different we are.
The First Minister goes on to say ‘ Scotland faces being pulled out of the EU in less than three months despite 62% of voters north of the Border voting to remain but the First Minister said her government will work “to protect Scotland’s place at the heart of Europe” in 2019. “In the year ahead, the Scottish Government will continue to do everything we can to protect Scotland’s place at the heart of Europe,”.
This is where the ‘BUT’ comes in for me. The only ways to protect Scotland’s place in the EU is to stop Brexit by having another referendum with a remain option in it but is that a realistic option given the opposition of the Tories or we push ahead with indy2. But like Pete A Bell commented, there was something missing from the message.
I appreciate that I am banging the same drum in this blog but I’m not the only one concerned with the First Ministers strategy. In her message to the nation there was no mention of independence, I find that soul destroying and depressing at best. I really feel that by looking like they are avoiding the subject they look afraid and look like they feel they can’t win a future vote.
Given the turmoil in this country and the length of time it will take to get to indy2 we need to be moving now. The intention needs to be clear, the SNP cannot assume that the energy of the yes movement can sit at def con 1 forever, it can’t. People will get tired and they will walk away or their enthusiasm will fade.
The message should have been clear that in the event of Scotland being taken out of the EU against the majorities wishes, as Nicola noted, then Scotland will immediately demand another referendum and any refusal will result in a consultative referendum being held within months. That was what should have been said at the end of the message.