Sillars plays a straight bat as Sturgeon cloaks herself in nauseating hypocrisy

It would be hard to find a greater contrast between visceral committed nationalists and power hungry manipulators than in the very different responses to the coming EU Membership Referendum from long time senior nationalist activist, Jim Sillars and SNP First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

Sillars wants to see Scottish independence achieved while there is still enough semblance of momentum to fuel a full-on campaign for it.

He is therefore openly going to vote Leave – and will campaign for it – because that alone has any chance of forcing the uber-reluctant First Minister and Deputy First Minister, Finance Secretary, John Swinney into going for a second referendum while the increasingly disheartened infantry still keep the faith.

His thinking is that Scotland overall is likely to vote to retain membership and that Out votes from Scotland will therefore add to the UK-wide Out vote and may help to see the dream outcome for unwavering nationalists: a UK majority Brexit with an In majority from the Scottish electorate.

Jim Sillars is also being open in saying that, following what he would fight to make a winning vote for indy, he would then oppose an independent Scotland’s joining the EU.

He has two reasons for this.

One is pique, because, as he says, during the indyref 1 campaign the EU virtually told the nationalist side to ‘get stuffed’, that an independent Scotland would have to apply for membership as a new state.

The second is hard headed common sense – that solo membership would be ruinous for Scotland because, as part of the British membership, Scotland remains exempt from ever joining the eurozone; where, as a newly independent state, it would certainly be required to join the eurozone as a condition of membership.

The eurozone is simply not the place to be; nor is the consequent obligation to contribute to the bailouts of failing fellow member states,some of which are heading for the  pipeline.

What Mr Sillars might also care to consider is the impact on a Scotland in the eurozone where the continuing UK is in a sterling union and outside the eurozone.

In his stance, Mr Sillars is entirely consistent in his political philosophy. He believes in the viability of an independent Scotland – and he means a genuinely independent Scotland. He is  not of the Swingeon school who want, on historically partisan grounds,  to leave one shelter for the protection of another and more problematic one.

Contrast this with one of the most unblinking, straight-faced pieces of political hypocrisy seen in British, not just Scottish, politics for a very long time.

Nicola Sturgeon is saying that a UK majority for Brexit, alongside a Scottish vote to remain in the EU would ‘almost certainly’ mean a second independence referendum.

She then told Andrew Marr on Sunday morning television that a UK majority vote to stay in the EU was not the result she wanted to see as a nationalist but that she would put first what she sees as the British interest and campaign hard for continued membership.

She has even talked of putting principle before politics.

This is the First Minister who talked bullishly about the SNP- in pious distinction to other parties – tolerating no dodgy dealing amongst its elected representatives; the same First Minister who who buttoned those guillotine lips and uttered not one peep in the face of case after case from the new Westminster cohort of a blatant gulf between vaunted values and personal greed.

And how, exactly, was it principled knowingly to deceive the poorest in the SNP indy support, their largest grassroots cohort, promising a land of milk and honey after 24th March 2016 and backing that up with – to the knowledgeable – manifestly deceptive figures?

Ms Sturgeon may keep her eyes wide open in using the word ‘principle’ but it is not a concept that sits easily upon her record.

In fact, Ms Sturgeon’s commitment to campaigning for an In vote – which she has specifically extended to campaigning in England – is born of her desperation to do all she can to make sure that she is not faced with an overall Brexit while Scotland return an In majority.

The one thing she will absolutely – bettably –  not do, regardless of her weasel-worded ‘almost certainly’, is to permit a second indyref in these, or any, circumstances for the foreseeable future.

She will do anything to avoid having to be seen to refuse the second referendum which her followers are urgent to see. An In vote from England is her dream ticket out of certain exposure as just another two-faced politico.

Ms Sturgeon has a second reason to campaign on the much bigger stage south of the border.

There is of course the attraction of the heady personal publicity, which she has been seen to relish. But the accelerator is that Alex Salmond is off the leash and has been getting above himself again down there, rattling the bars of his cage and offering to debate anyone from the Out camp – ‘head to head’.

He had to be reminded by an interviewer this past weekend, that it is Nicola Sturgeon who will be leading the SNP In campaign.

Nicola intends to make that very clear – and she is starting in London [of course] next Saturday.

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  • Oh,here we go!
    Let’s SNP baaaaad to hide the utter PIGS ear,Hameron has made over his EU HAMfisted negotiations.
    Anyway Mini Hack,Nicola is far to smart for you and your Tory PIG fanciers!!
    I’m away now to put my French Chateau on the market!!!

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    Hugh Jazz February 22, 2016 9:22 pm Reply
  • Will I,a Frenchman ,be booted out of Scotland,if there is a Bretex.
    I am very worried as I have just bought Mull!

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  • Mini,at the end of your pathetic rant,you state that Nicola is to appear,like magic ,in London this Saturday.
    I would like your readers to know that she will be attending and speaking at,a long standing engagement at the CND Rally.
    It would be nice if you could print something that resembles the truth,from time to time….”…………………….I’m wasting my time,yes?

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    Hugh Jazz February 22, 2016 10:00 pm Reply
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    Hugh Jazz February 22, 2016 10:07 pm Reply
  • You’ve hit the nail on the head, as usual, Newsroom, proven by the fact that the trolls don’t like the article and, as usual, have nothing useful to day.

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    Lowry February 22, 2016 10:27 pm Reply
  • His thinking is that Scotland overall is likely to vote to retain membership and that Out votes from Scotland will therefore add to the UK-wide Out vote and may help to see the dream outcome for unwavering nationalists: a UK majority Brexit with an In majority from the Scottish electorate.

    I don’t know if this is Sillars’ declared view or your interpretation, but it’s logically on a shoogly peg; given the closeness of the opinion polls, if he’s remotely effective in his campaigning he risks Scotland voting for out in simple majority, ending for the forseeable future any grounds for another referendum. He should employ a food taster for the next few months just in case. 😉 He is of course right about the heid bummers in EU central; iScotia would be as popular as a fart in a spacesuit, as sundry discontent regions in Spain and elsewhere would start agitating for the same opportunities.

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    db February 23, 2016 2:10 am Reply
    • Yes, DB, it’s shoogly-peg logic right enough, yet bizarrely Newsie headlines it as playing with a straight bat.

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      jake February 23, 2016 1:00 pm Reply
  • Oh dear another SNP Baad rant from the Newsroom. But much more important is the news that Paisley University has played a major part in the discovery of Haver Wave which confirms the final transmutation of the Labour Party. Seems that prior to becoming totally pointless,the Labour Party was composed of matter that was both infinitely dense and infinitely lightweight at the same time. The detection however of the Haver Wave emerging from an area of space understood to be have been in the region called Klingon, confirms however the final extinction of these pointless Particles which have collapsed totally under their own weight of spin.

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    willie February 23, 2016 3:56 am Reply
  • And meanwhile in another area of space the Tory Particles rip themselves apart in a violent collision over Europe. With anti particles now dominating, chaos and disorder are the the determinant characteristics. Scientists are continuing to monitor.

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    willie February 23, 2016 4:37 am Reply
    • Not all political parties are like the SNP and members are often allowed to debate and disagree with the leadership. But this is obviously an alien concept to SNP supporters who are used to blindly following orders from the Politburo.

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      Lundavra February 23, 2016 9:05 am Reply
  • Ach Lundavra, like the Newsroom you’re just sour about the SNP being the people’s choice. Their the people’s choice because they are popular, which is something Labour and the Tories ain’t. Funny how the folks that support unpopular parties always refer to the supporters of the popular party as being blind or stupid. Jealousy and resentment I think, but hey, you might think me wrong. SNP One and Two old chap whether you like it or not.

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    willie February 23, 2016 9:22 am Reply
    • That is probably what Kim Jong-un says with his 101% support.

      It is never healthy to have a political party where no dissent is allowed especially when they have a large majority with no second chamber.

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      Lundavra February 23, 2016 10:48 am Reply
      • You obviously have never been a member of the Liebour party,when in the 60,s
        And 70,s, it was common practice to threaten dissenters !
        Maybe it still happens?

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        Hugh Jazz February 23, 2016 3:23 pm Reply
        • Momentum threaten everybody!

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          Lundavra February 23, 2016 4:02 pm Reply
  • Willie et al

    Get back to the subject matter of this post.

    Sillars underlines the potential for the SNP, like the Tories, to split over Brexit.

    Prof Drew Scott, Visiting Professor in Economics at Edin Univ and an expert in european economic integration only last week hi-lighted how Holyrood would benefit from YES to Brexit

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-35601764

    All yesterday’s Scottish media coverage of the EU Referendum, confirmed that Nicola S’ ,and the SNP’s confident assumption of a significant Scottish NO to Brexit , may be misplaced

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    SCOTNAT February 23, 2016 11:24 am Reply

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