Here is a blog I did exactly 4 years ago where I warned that the forthcoming Scottish elections should be used as a mandate for independence, just as I had warned that this should have been done in the General Election which was held a few months previously. Had we done this at that GE then there would have been no need to have written this blog as we would have been independent at that time, as we returned 56 MP’s to Westminster which would have been an overwhelming mandate to begin independence negotiations with the British government. As it turned out the SNP also failed to make the 2016 Scottish elections anything to do with independence, not only that but they committed a massive fraud on their supporters by insisting on both votes going to them. Between sweeping independence under the carpet and the idiotic instruction to cast both votes to them, they lost their overall majority in Holyrood and in effect facilitated a large number of unionist members to be elected.
If the above wasn’t bad enough, only a few weeks after I wrote the blog attached, I and others in the yes bus team were attacked, vilified and abused in the most awful manner in a campaign led by members of the SNP and in particular employees and officers in the Dundee West office, for having the temerity to organise a rally naming it a Road Map To independence. A rally we opened up to speakers and politicians to talk on their particular ideas of a road map. The rally went ahead despite the efforts of the SNP and was a great success without any input by way of speakers from the SNP. I will be writing in more detail about this incident in the next few weeks.
So why am I bringing this up now? well simply because they are about to make the same mistake ( if indeed it was a mistake) again. We are almost surely heading for a general election and the SNP under Nicola Sturgeon are not only refusing to make the GE a mandate for independence but they are also refusing to even have independence debated at their party conference, incredible. Let us hope that some sense can be injected into the hierarchy of the SNP, hopefully by way of Angus McNeil’s motion to conference regarding a plan B
I for one am not holding my breath.