The main pillars of the case for continuing dependence are crumbling each week. The vision of an economy tied to a fluctuating petro-chemical resource was disbanded by Andrew Wilson a few weeks ago. The idea of a country excluded from European affairs, either by veto from Spain or by or by some fantastical non-existent process has been completely dispelled this week, and further evidence of this reality emerged yesterday with the pledge of 50 European politicians to support and welcome Scotlands membership of the EU. It was support initiated by the much-maligned Ross Greer and the Terry Reintke (‘50 politicians from across Europe say independent Scotland welcome as full member of EU’)
What we’re left with is the diminishing returns of a small group of low-grade politicians, most of whom will never see political office barring some kind of political miracle/unseen disaster we can’t possibly envisage. What would be required to bring Willie Rennie to office.
A Tsunami that wipes out the eastern seaboard?
That probably wouldn’t do it.
In a short decade it’s gone from many of these people and parties having the assumption of power to it being literally unimaginable that they could be elected to high office.
Euan McColm steps dangerously close to talking good sense over at SoS today – talking of the push-button auto-derision about Nicola Sturgeon’s trip to America this week he writes:
“When Jack McConnell was First Minister in a Labour-Liberal Democrat coalition, he would frequently travel abroad selling the idea of Scotland as “the best small country in the world”. The lack of ambition in that appalling slogan aside, there was no question that McConnell’s overseas trips formed a legitimate part of his duties.”
Christ, even Euan McColm gets it.
The kind of desultory running-commentary from the unionist politicians about the Scottish Government is dire and getting worse. This is not to say that there aren’t legitimate complaints, faults, deep-seated problems, institutional issues and long-term structural matters that remain unresolved and untouched by this and previous governments. Of course there are.
It’s just that none of the political opposition in Scotland seem to have any ideas about what to do about them.
None of the constant low-level harassment of the Scottish Government seems to be about resolving these issues. It seems to be focused around a petty tribal nihilism.
It will either contribute to a slow slide towards independence or such a widespread disillusionment with Holyrood that people just leave, get deeply-depressed or abandon interest in all political affairs.
Maybe the creation of a new think-tank from Kevin Hague and Tom Holland will bring fresh ideas to the depleted policy base of Scotland’s No community?