I have read two excellent blogs today coming from different perspectives and for me both are right if that doesn’t sound insane.
Jason points out that in so many ways many Scots have been conditioned over 300 plus years and that true independence will take a long time to find, I’m paraphrasing so please read the article. Jason argues that part of being independent and having freedom is the right to ask difficult questions. However it appears that this has upset some within the SNP supporting camp.
James is arguing, and again please read his blog for context, that a new Independence Party runs the risk of splitting the vote and losing the SNP seats. Totally agree with that, as I do Jason asking difficult questions and putting ideas out there.
What I think, for what it’s worth, is that we have to be open to all sides of the debate as we go forward. We cannot have blind faith in any party or leader. To do so is very risky and at the end of the day all politicians careers end in failure.
Now I don’t think anyone would want to set up an alternative party but, and there is always a but, if the SNP don’t use their mandate then they will have let many people down. Now I understand they will have their strategy, have their reasons. However, we can’t lose sight of trust or of principle. Many people came over to the yes camp, and the SNP, after years of seeing Labour lie to them and betray their principles for self enrichment and the British state.
If they perceive that the SNP are doing the same to any degree, and I mean by betraying their trust, we risk them walking away altogether and that we can’t afford. By focusing on Brexit the SNP have, in my opinion, gladly put independence to one side. That is a dangerous game to play, and many in the leadership appear to have done that for the time being.
I tweeted James earlier and expressed to James
James kindly got back to me
I don’t see the potential of another avenue a sense of self harm, self harm would be the SNP betraying the trust that many people have put in them. Self harm would be turning your back on your principles because they do matter. I’m not looking for a new party but I am looking for a way forward. I’m not looking to split the vote and potentially let the unionists gain ground, but I am looking for honesty and principle.
I have often said the SNP, or many in it, look too comfortable at Westminster. Afraid to lose the gains they have made, but surely those gains mean nothing if you don’t stand up and fight for what you believe in. We can’t win if we don’t try and we won’t win if we play the British by their rules. We need boldness, leadership, trust and truth. Right now we don’t have any and I get why people feel that way, not all but many.
Blind faith in any party, as we know, is a dangerous thing. Look at Labour, the Tories have never changed and don’t care, we have to care and if that means challenging the status quo, and asking the really tough questions, then so be it.
Please check out what Jason and James are saying, they are both excellent in their analysis and both correct in their own way, what’s really important though is you make up your own mind.