A lot of people in the Nicola Sturgeon camp have been calling the Tories hypocrites due to their threat of a vote of no confidence in the First Minster and some Labour supporters in England are saying the same. Hypocrisy in politics is not new here in Scotland, as it is all over the world. Do a simple google search and you will find people who believe that Boris Johnson is a liar, Keir Starmer is a liar, Willie Rennie is a liar, Nicola Sturgeon is a liar, Douglas Ross is a liar, Anas Sarwar is a liar, Patrick Harvie is a liar . Sadly our politics are infected with it on a weekly basis, we saw it yesterday when the SNP members of the Harassment enquiry released their statement regarding the leak of part of the conclusions from the Committee, “We have also heard clear, consistent evidence that the First Minister had no knowledge of concerns of inappropriate sexual behaviour by Alex Salmond before November 2017.” it seems they don’t get the hypocrisy or irony in their making a statement, they are all at it and it shames us really but I am happy to admit I am guilty of hypocrisy from time to time, however, not too many people care about what I have to say, politicians, well they do have to be held to a higher standard or it all falls down.
The other day I wrote we have to show that the democracy we crave will be held to a higher standard than the democracy we leave behind . I really believe that and that is why I think Nicola Sturgeon should resign as First Minister but if she doesn’t we have no right to challenge, and slate, any of the other hypocrites and liars in the politics of the UK. Politicians and public servants have to be held to a higher standard because the power they hold affects every one of us. We have to be able to have even a little trust in the people who make our laws, preside over our courts, provide law and order on our streets, work in our government, work in our political parties, prosecute crimes on our behalf. Right now I don’t care about Boris Johnson and his lies, I just don’t. I am concerned about our Government, the Crown Office, Police Scotland, the Civil Service, and Nicola Sturgeon because it is now clear there has been a litany of lies and right now we need to get our own house in order, that is a simple fact.
The loyalists to the SNP and to Nicola Sturgeon can live in all the denial they want, what we cannot allow them to do is take that denial and damage our Government, our Parliament, our Institutions and the cause and case for our Independence. They are damaging that cause, they are making that fight harder to win, they are giving the unionists the perfect out and they can say “look, you are no better than we are”, the unionists can now drag our cause down to their level, that is what Nicola Sturgeon and the loyalists have done, the SNP have done, the Crown Office and Police Scotland have done because I will say it again, we have to show that the democracy we crave will be held to a higher standard than the democracy we leave behind, don’t let these people destroy our dream or our chance at something better. But don’t listen to me listen to Jason McCann when he says,
First Minister’s present refusal to accept the fact she has been caught red-handed, has driven a wedge right through the heart of the independence movement. Rather than accept the validity of the case being made by a number of pro-independence bloggers and other activists, the leadership of the SNP has mounted a campaign to both vilify and marginalise those who have worked tirelessly over the past decade to make the case for independence and build up the movement in a hostile media environment dominated by British government-aligned outlets. This monstrous behaviour — a profound betrayal of our greatest democratic values — has resulted in a situation in which a growing number of people now feel alienated from their political leadership. It has affected a break in the solidarity of the movement; turning pro-independence activists and campaigners against one another. It has endangered all of the political achievements we have made since devolution and threatens to undermine the entire campaign for independence.
Don’t allow the hypocrites in our politics to destroy our dream.