Single-issue Scotland is getting way out of control.
At the 2015 SNP Conference in Aberdeen, the party’s Westminster group leader, Angus Robertson MP, shared his thoughts with the arena on why indyref 1 was lost.
He put it down to the SNP’s failure to convince enough people that all really would be well out of the Union and under the Saltire.
Before we get to Mr Robertson’s solution for making sure this never happens again, let’s look at what he’s saying: The indy prospectus was all fine? The problem was simply that the party didn’t make enough people believe it?
Shurely shome mishtake.
Didn’t the indy prospectus go into meltdown only months after indyref 1 went down? A massive sink hole opened up under the Swinney/Salmond budget proposals as the price of a barrel of oil went down faster than a gravity-drop white knuckle ride at a fun fair; and as mature North Sea oil wells started closing down – for good.
If those with enough experience of living to know a bum steer when they heard it bellow had been ‘convinced’ that the indy prospectus was all fine and dandy, where would Scotland be right now?
The panic that would have broken out across a Yes-voting country once the oil price hit the cliff-fall and the essential structural instability of the indy proposition was exposed, would likely have led to a plea to Westminster to forget the whole thing and let us back into the Union.
Wherever that leavening 55%+ of wisdom was located – and it was apparently most markedly to be found amongst the under 25s and the over 50s – thank heaven for it.
However, in Mr Robertson’s parallel universe the only thing that was wrong last time out was that not enough people ‘believed’. Next time, they will believe.
He plans to recruit the young to work on their personal oldies. There is no be no escape. Non-believers are to be run to ground in their own homes by their own relatives and ‘convinced’ about indy until, at the click of the altitudinous bunionisers, they learn to say: ‘I trust Nicola’ with their eyes wide open and the pencil in their hands in the voting booth.
This is SNP totalitarianism becoming more naked every day.
The young are no longer to be allowed the freedom, the playfulness, the irresponsibility, the experimentation of their time. They are to be tasked with a mission to convert, in-house, their trapped, bored and helpless oldies.
The mature are no longer to be allowed the hard-earned ease of trusting the wisdom of their experience. They are to have that persistently undermined by those who know least because they have not lived long enough to know more – but whom they love and will not want to offend [with the blissful privacy of the voting booth their certain escape].
This monovision, this indy uber alles obsession, this reduction of life and country to one party, one issue, one ambition, one cause – in all quarters, at all costs, is merciless, life-stealing, bullying and fully fascist.
To see the young as your legitimate infiltrators in their own families, your stormtroopers to grind down to converts members of their own families, could only come from the party ramming through the breathtakingly interventionist and illiberal Named Person / State Guardian legislation.
How long will it be until some swivel-eyed teenage indycultists report their parents or grandparents to their Named Persons for damaging their wellbeing and for deliberately excluding them by refusing to entertain any more of their passionate political harangues in the home?