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From what Patrick Harvie has said, there IS a decision by the Scottish Greens not to make an intended commitment to Yes Scotland at this point – for the reasons he gave.
This situation is to be REVIEWED at the party’s October conference.
The core issue is the one Harvie has described in accounting for a campaign that has not – yet – proved inclusive of its participants.
He has said that the Greens should not be used simply to wave a flag for someone else.
This resonates with a memorable situation in the 1988 American Presidential Election where the charismatic black leader, Reverend Jesse Jackson, was judged by the Democrats not to be politically acceptable as Presidential or Vice Presidential candidate.
But they needed the votes and the liberal credibility he could deliver.
Jackson, unforgettably, used the language of the slave trade to account for the position the party expected him to adopt, saying:
‘I cannot be asked to go out into the field, pick up votes, bail them up and deliver them to the big house where policy is made without being part of that equation’.
The parallel between where Jackson found himself then and where Patrick Harvie finds himself is obvious.
We continue to hold the view that the willful waste of the support of Harvie and the Greens is damaging.Fences may be mended by October but only the blinkered would seek to believe that what has happened now is of no account.
Harvie has been the most persuasive voice for the independence case – because he has not fudged issues, has been seen to be thinking in response to questions rather than parroting a pre-existing line – and has has been relaxed in his transparency.
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