Where is the real Mhairi Black?

Where did this Mhairi Black come from? The one who wrote this column in The National? Where is the rebel? Who is this Mhairi Black? The one peddling the party line for all she's worth. The one plying us with unctuous platitudes and condescending rationalisation of the SNP leadership's paralysed timidity in the face of the British Nationalist threat to Scotland's democracy.

The message and the language

Whether in government or in opposition, the policies and positions of British Labour will always be formulated to appeal to or avoid offending the relatively tiny number of voters in England who actually decided elections within the managed democracy of the UK. The very same voters who are foremost in the minds of British Tories as they develop policy. They're both hunting the same beast. So they both use the same bait and the same traps - with different camouflage.

Mhairi’s voice

Sending a message to the Westminster establishment will have no effect at all. If Mhairi Black and others want to shake things up, they should be addressing their speeches to Nicola Sturgeon. They should be urging her to take a more assertive approach to the constitutional issue. They should be telling her the time has come to challenge the power of the Westminster establishment. They should be insisting that she defend the principle of popular sovereignty. That she assert the authority of the Scottish Parliament. That she defy the authority of the British establishment.

The nub of the matter

Fundamentally, I am sick and tired of Scotland’s future being dictated by governments we never voted for. Characteristically, Mhairi Black gets to the nub of the matter. Having dealt with and dismissed the entire Brexit fiasco, she identifies the core issue. This is why we need to restore Scotland's rightful constitutional status. Not for the … Continue reading The nub of the matter

A minimum of respect

Mhairi Black observes that, when the 'lead not leave' platitude was being peddled, some people "maybe even believed that the UK Government would make a considered effort to take the Scottish view into account". It should also be noted that some didn't believe it, but didn't care. They have important things to think about; like … Continue reading A minimum of respect