This follows on from my earlier blog today in many ways and it is about moving forward as the revelations about the disaster which is the current Tory Government continues. Boris Johnson may be forced to resign at some point but whoever takes over will be another Tory clone, policies like Voter ID to stop poor people from voting, Police and Crime Bill, Privatisation of the NHS, bailing out the profits of the energy companies, continued fraud written off and the criminal handling of the Covid – 19 Pandemic, will continue whomever is Prime Minister and you can bet your arse that this new PM will be anti-independence. The Tories have also betrayed the north of England but Labour are not the answer and will not be able to win those seats back so the voters will stick with the Tories.
So where does that leave Scotland?
Well, there will be a General Election at some point in the next two years at the very least. England will decide the direction of the UK for the next five years yet again, and yet again that will be a Tory vote, yet again. Scotland will reject the Tories which will mean we will have had nearly 20 years of Tory Governments since 2010 that we did not elect, what kind of democracy is that.
It’s time for Nicola Sturgeon to lead or it’s time for Nicola sturgeon to GO, it’s time for the case for independence. Nicola Sturgeon should, if she is determined to go down the Section 30 route, call for one alongside a call for a general election as soon as Boris Johnson has gone. Once that request is rejected then the planning should kick in. The SNP need to have a proper conference, not the diddy ones they have been having, Mike Russell’s so called independence plans have to go before that conference and be accepted by the membership and not ignored by the leadership.
Sturgeon and the SNP need to come up with a clear strategy quickly, appoint a Minister for Independence as Lesley Riddoch has suggested, and get moving. The SNP needs to step up the independence campaign in partnership with the wider YES movement or they need to stand aside, now is the time because there is no more time, we are out of time. The Tories will make their move in the next couple of months, that is the time to take the lead, we cannot allow Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP to just get another mandate to march us another hill, the pressure has to be on them both now to act.
The Council elections in May are an opportunity and a risk in some ways. They are an opportunity to send a clear message to Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP, Lead or Step Down, Campaign or Stand Aside , not voting SNP and going for Alba or ISP candidates could send a clear message to Nicola Sturgeon, get moving on independence or you’re over end of. Not voting for the SNP risks the unionists having the excuse to bang on that Scots don’t want another (divisive) referendum blah blah blah. Of course Sturgeon and the SNP know this, and know that for many they may feel they have no alternative but to vote for them but then we risk more of the same for the next 10 years. The message has to be clear leading up to May.
Personally I will rank Alba first in the May elections, I won’t vote SNP and hope that a very clear message is sent to Sturgeon and her party, but I understand the risk in this, I also think the SNP will do well enough to string us along if we are not clear that time has run out for Sturgeon and the SNP, that is something that the wider yes movement can make happen. The UK is a disaster, the Tories are liars, inept, and corrupt like no other Government in my life time, Labour are a cheap Tory light party with a leader who doesn’t have a clue and that voters in England won’t vote for. This all means that the Tories will continue to privatise, rob, corrupt, and turn the UK into a Police Tory State.
This has to be last chance saloon for Sturgeon and the SNP, we cannot give them any more time, that time is past, a long time ago, but we are out of time, out of space. The next General Election has to be a plebiscite election, no if’s, but’s or doubts. Failure to have a clear strategy, failure to either get a Section 30 agreement, must result in a plebiscite election or we will have to face the facts that Sturgeon and the SNP have got to go and their followers cannot hide anymore with their I’m with Nicola bullshit.
This bleak, twisted soul has succeeded in corrupting further a doun-hauden land.
‘Go’ would have done. Go yesterday, leave years ago, and when you never come clean that time so nothing of you exists in our book.
I think it is time to have a plan in place and get moving, as soon as Johnson is gone and some other nightmare is in place then Section 30, rejected, call for a GE in Westminster, good chance of that happening, elect a plebiscite. Time for Sturgeon to be ready to make a move. We are out of time and the question needs to be answered one way or the other.
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Its a sell out to finish all sell outs. A truth and reconcilliation process is the best she can hope for in Scotland. Any Muppet offering that to the utter human dross that contibue to shaft us and get rich by doing it should be considered corrupt by default
. Face a court and an honest judge and let the punters decide. i’ll abide by that
Time will tell but time is running out isn’t it. SNP members will be forced to make up their minds soon on the direction of travel.
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It’s worth pittin it oot there though for the folk who are waiting and wondering why it isnae happening
Totally agree with what you’ve said Bruce . Perfect time for action considering what Boris and his crew have been up to . Now is definitely the time Nicola , your move Sturgeon.
I think so, legislation through Holyrood asap. As soon as Johnson is gone and some other nightmare is in place Section 30 first day to put the pressure on, that will be rejected, demand a GE which could happen, then make that a plebiscite election with a clear manifesto commitment by all the yes parties. If Sturgeon refuses and refuses to work with other yes parties then we have to remove her in some way, and the members of the SNP need to abandon the party and go down a different road. We are running out of time and we can’t risk another 10 years of the Tories.
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I wrote a longer comment, but it doesn’t really matter does it? At 6% of a region’s list vote, Holyrood was the easiest of Scotland’s elections to win seats in. A few handfuls of council seats, if that many, won’t “pressure” the SNP into anything. The next UK general election replaces Alba’s MPs. A trifecta of defeats leaves Alba holding no cards when IndyRef2 does happen, absolutely nothing to justify any influence in the Yes2 alliance.
Maybe just as well. As a party, Alba’s campaigning skills and strategic nous leaves much to be desired. The Yes movement doesn’t need an unelectable Scottish party any more than the unionists needed UKIP’s Scottish branch inside their No alliance tent back in 2014.
I don’t see Alba doing anything in the local elections so I agree with you there, as for a GE two years away that is a different story once real anger sets in when the SNP fail to deliver the referendum, I think that election might be very interesting. Alba took most of the activists from the SNP so many know what they are doing so interesting times ahead.
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