There's certainly a place for theatre in politics. Ask any of the great political performers. Winston Churchill. Adolph Hitler. George Gal…. How did his name get in there!?
What about us? That's up to us. Our strength - the strength of Scotland's people - is sufficient to break the power of the British state. But only if it is channelled in massive and sustained amounts through a political party capable of acting within the British political system. Right now, that means the SNP. And only the SNP.
I watch Mr Blackford at the dispatch box as he does his indignation shtick to an audience of disappearing British backs and I am put in mind of Kruschev at the United Nations banging his shoe on the lectern to emphasise his point.
When I argued for a Remain vote in the 2016 EU referendum the main reason I gave was the fact that leaving the EU would provide the British political elite with an opportunity to redefine the UK and the constitutional status of the troublesome peripheral nations.
It costs the British government nothing to ignore a mandate for a new referendum. The cost is zero. It doesn't matter what zero is multiplied by, it is still zero.
You insist that the mandate is indisputable. But, at the same time, you say it won't be indisputable until Boris Johnson stops disputing it.
However hard Ian Blackford tries to persuade himself, and us, that democracy must surely prevail, we cannot long avoid the reality that Carlaw's ignorant, arrogant bluster represents the true attitude of the British establishment. And that includes Jeremy Corbyn
The Tories' denial of Scotland's right of self-determination will NOT "go down like a bucket of cold sick" on the only doorsteps that matter to them. On Unionist doorsteps, it will be lapped up the way Winnie The Pooh guzzles honey.
Nicola Sturgeon is being somewhat disingenuous when she speaks of the "SNP plan". Ian Blackford has been roped in by Jo Swinson; apparently without consulting his colleagues. The "plan" to which the First Minister refers is a Liberal Democrat plan. If it's their plan, then we have to assume that they intend it to work … Continue reading Being used
Given all that is happening, the relevant question must surely be why support for independence isn't soaring. Or, to put it another way, why support for the Union remains so strong. We are quibbling over single-digit shifts that barely get out of margin-of-error territory when, by all accounts, we should be seeing changes dramatic enough … Continue reading Anger is an energy