There is a train of thought out there that implies that the agenda being pursued by the SNP is a kind of social pluralism. While at the same time, in particular, Alba supporters and certain alternative media bloggers are the worst kind of social conservatives for believing in both independence and certain historical structures like fairness, justice, decency etc.
The social plurists are very quick to decry the voices they don’t like and will call them names and through implication attempt to associate them with extreme social conservatism. However, there is a problem because by bringing in the Hate Crime Bill the alleged social pluralists are using the authoritative structures of the social conservatives via policy to silence the other opinions because they don’t like that opinion therefore going against their so called pluralism by excluding a group of people with an alternative voice.
That is the Scotland that we are seeing before us today and creating a divide in our country that at some point will be difficult to heal. While Alex Salmond, and Alba supporters and bloggers are decried upon for seeking common ground, and being open to all people tell me who has done more to split this country, Nicola Sturgeon, but she is treated like royalty and held up as some shining example to the extent being pictured holding children with a backdrop of lovely flowers is front page news.
If being an Alba supporter and a blogger gets me called a Scottish social conservative so be it, to be honest, I’ve been called worse by SNP members. It just seems like the New Scotland is not a welcome place anymore for the people who helped build the old one.
Houston we have a problem.