MacAskill is fast becoming the voice of a growing 'tendency' within the SNP that has turned to questioning the SNP leadership because all the questions that might be asked of the British state and its apparatus are now rhetorical.
Health and social care services are among the most fundamentally essential services in modern society. (Education is another. They will be coming for Scotland's education system in due course.) Health and social care is important enough that it becomes a signifier of nationhood. Proper nations have and control their own health and social care services just as they have and control their own education systems and their own armed forces. Scotland must not be allowed to think of itself as a nation. Ergo, Scotland must be deprived of those signifiers of nationhood...
Nicola Sturgeon hopes to win the battle for our right of self-determination by forcing the British Prime Minister to grant a Section 30 order. A victory which would be as Pyrrhic as it would be miraculous.
Reports of the British state's imminent and strangely spontaneous demise are, of course, greatly exaggerated. They serve only to convince the credulous that the SNP's strategy of doing absolutely nothing for six years is working.
The deceptively pleasing fantasy is that Scotland is on the verge of restoring independence. That independence is ' but a step away' or 'within our grasp'. At the extreme the deceptively pleasing fantasy shades into the truly demented delusion that 'independence has never been closer'.
If Boris Johnson’s “smartest advisers” are telling him to grant a Section 30 order promptly following a massive SNP win in the 2021 Scottish Parliament elections then we can be sure it is because this is considered the best strategy by which the Union might be preserved.
The people who elect Boris Johnson and his ilk aren't going to be appalled by the sight of Met clubs cracking Jock skulls. They are going to cheer and demand ever harsher action to put down this violent uprising coming to the streets of England's capital city.
In Edinburgh, meanwhile, it's very much the 'Nicola and Covid Show' - a freakishly popular daytime soap opera that has pushed 'Scotland's Cause' off the schedules completely and seems set to run for years.
Dom Cummings gives the impression of being an exceptionally calculating individual. He has a habit of calculating correctly.