I’m not a member of the SNP so don’t have any say whatsoever in what is debated at any of the their conferences, like virtually all the membership according to friends who are members, but I have a lot of sympathy for Angus MacNeil when he says
Now I appreciate that many people feel the motion Angus put forward was poorly written and didn’t make sense to many, fine, but this doesn’t deflect from the lack of visible urgency in pursuing an independence referendum next year.
Angus also noted that
SNP conferences are renowned for not really debating independence, well not on the main floor, but like previous conferences it feels like the party are actively keeping the issue off the agenda and for the party whose sole existence is independence it’s a strange state of affairs.
I appreciate some will say they are keeping their powder dry, again that’s all good and well, but it does nothing to inspire. Wether the SNP like it or not they rely on the wider YES movement for power, we need each other, however the party appear to be happy to wind up the YES movement with their approach. Angus MacLeod the SNP National Secretary noted
Now when you read the article and Angus’s comments this does not say to me this is a party gearing up for a referendum next year. We all know that Westminster will refuse a Section 30 order, they will have to and the Conservatives are not going to call a general election because they will lose so what the f are the SNP waiting for!
I have made my feelings known that I feel the strategy doesn’t make sense, I also don’t think that Nicola Sturgeon does herself any favours
I am genuinely concerned at the direction of travel and I don’t see there being an independence referendum next year, and sadly think many in the SNP will be happy about that. I also think that failure to deliver next year will potentially see an alternative YES party formed and that will set the whole movement back and that will be the fault of the SNP if it were to happen, right now independence feels further away every day.