Robin McAlpine – writes excellent articles, up there with Grouse Beater for an intelligent and informing, often insightful, look at where we are and where we could be going. Robin wrote an article the other day that I would encourage you to make the effort to read and to stick with as you work through it. The article is about the potential opportunity within the reality of our current crisis, it’s about what it could mean for the independence movement, both opportunity and it’s risks.
It is cold and calculating to say that crisis opens up opportunity – but it doesn’t make it any less true. For climate change, for anti-poverty and for independence supporters, the rules of the game are about to change. We must adapt or fail. (Robin McAlpine)
Robin is spot on when he says this is the time that the opportunity is enormous for the independence movement in so many ways. Things are about to change for most of us, and the impact is potentially going to be devastating for those of us who live day to day and month to month, as Robin points out it is also going to pull in those who previously were isolated from the day to day grunge that most of us face, and those like us who either don’t vote or are just still sitting on the no fence.
The opportunity is enormous, but there is little reason to believe that this Scottish Government is capable of taking it. Unless it reverses its corporate asset giveaway, ends its Freeport madness, breaks up with the big housing developer lobby and buries the Growth Commission down a very, very deep hole, it will make itself irrelevant to the cause of independence ahead. (Robin McAlpine)
Anyone who reads this blog knows that I pretty much gave up on the SNP a long time ago to deliver us from the nightmare that is the UK (England) and it’s economic and social model. Blahfords tweet above highlights everything that is wrong with the SNP right now. As Robin states about Andrew Wilson and his
Growth Commission, a document which couldn’t have put more effort into telling people that the future would be nothing more than a very slowly improving version of the present.
The SNP, like Labour, are paralysed by fear, fear of upsetting the middle classes, the Daily Mail readers, fear of upsetting the corporate lobby. Fear of upsetting the right wing media and middle class privately educated BBC News Department who all sit on the right in the main, centre right being kind to many of them to be honest. The only difference between BBC News and GB News is that you can swear on GB News.
Robin is correct though, this crisis is going to be an opportunity in so many ways, a horrible, tough, heart breaking opportunity and while I don’t think for one minute the SNP and the sheeple will grasp it hopefully the YES community in the next few months can and get the message across that there is a different way that we can go, a different Scotland, a fairer Scotland can be built.
Check out Robins website here. My blog is short and sweet as I try to write about things that interest me in a way that mirrors the conversations I have with people in the main, it’s my opinion, it’s not particularly insightful, it’s also about trying to encourage others who don’t express an opinion to think about expressing an opinion as we all deserve to be heard but some websites and blogs inform in ways that I don’t, or can’t, Grouse Beater, Barrheadboy, Yours for Scotland, Munguin’s New Republic, Scot Goes Pop, Craig Murray, are all worth a go if you haven’t already.
So two posts today, hope you don’t mind but I wanted to bring what Robin had written to folks attention who may not have seen it.