The World This week from Mennies.

Sunday 1 March 2020

Scotland’s Independence

Well another busy week in and standing in Mennies the other night I got to thinking about the road we have traveled on the road to independence since the 19th September 2014 the day we lost the last referendum on independence.

That day broke my heart, as we in the Yes Bus team have worked extremely hard for independence over the previous two years and more especially in the previous several months campaigning throughout Dundee and surrounding area and more especially in the City Square.

I got over the loosing of the referendum and wanted to get back into the fight but on approaching the SNP I discovered to my surprise that there was no plan B and no intention to address the issues which led to the defeat in the referendum. Nicola Sturgeon became the leader of the party and in effect the leader of the independence movement. I looked upon this initially as a good thing and had hopes of a road map to be produced to get us back on the road to our goal.

Unfortunately, this was not to be, and before long I started to doubt the abilities and commitment of Nicola Sturgeon to the cause of independence, Not being one to hide my opinions I posted and eventually blogged my reservations. This was met be the most awful abuse by a cult like following of Nicola ,The glorious leader who could do no wrong ,

Well, recently a good number of mainline journalists and comentators have came around to the same opinions as I had all these five years ago. Now it looks to me very like the structure of the SNP is crumbling and with the advent of the trial of Alex Salmond I suspect it will all but collapse and possibly with it the independence movement.

I looked back on some of the blogs I did in the early days after the referendum and I came upon one I did in 2017 which contained an article I wrote for the Scottish Independent in 2016, in which I gave an analogy of a leader not willing or able to give the proper leadership and the consequences thereof. Well we are getting to that stage now where it looks like Joanna Cherry is lining herself up for a leadership challenge and as far as my analogy goes she will be the seven sisters. I attach a link to the blog below.

Oh and by the way, I told you so

So in the mean time, if you havce not fallen asleep I wish you a very pleasant weekend and I raise my glass to you




I have been in business for well over half a century but I learn something new every day. My politics are the middle of the road. I believe that the far-right and far-left are equally harmful. Jim Murphy ( at that time, leader of the Scottish Labour party) asked me if I called myself a socialist. I said, "no Jim, I am not a socialist, I am a capitalist, but a capitalist with a social conscience.

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