It’s ‘Dream on’ to the bravehearts as FM signals she is seeking no mandate for indy

Acolytes at any rally, political, evangelical or evangelopolitical, leave their minds at the door on the way in.

They are not their to listen carefully, to read the runes and certainly never to think.

They are there to cheer on their side, to be irresistibly triumphalist and to stuff the opposition.

It does  not occur to them that they are also there to be sold  – cheaply – the runt of the litter, primped up to deceive.

All they want are the right dog whistles and they’re off, performing to the book – sitting, standing up, barking and howling on the prompt of the right words.

Yesterday, at the SNP rally, the First Minister, who is openly going for a personality-cult anointment on 5th May, took to the podium and, at the tail end of a long sequence of very expensive uncosted promises [which she herself undermined by quoting Eleanor Roosevelt’s saying that wishing takes as much energy as planning] – she invoked ‘belief’ that ‘Scotland should be an independent country’.

You immediately forgot that this wasn’t the Crufts dog show that is ironically running at the same time.

The hordes reared up on their hind legs, tummies bared for tickling, baying – on cue, faces alight with relief as much as anything that the deity had at last said the words.

They were ready at once to follow her on the road to the promised land:

  • where everyone is better off, with free more of everything provided by a benevolent state, higher wages all round –  and nobody pays more taxes;
  • where no one ever worries about fictions like deficits and borrowing – John Swinney told the rally today that there are much more understandable ways to present Scotland’s economy on the doorsteps of potential recruits – you just have to say that everything in the SNP’s record in government is wonderful [easy – any idiot can understand that];
  • where landlords are a distant memory and everyone has a wee croft and a butt and ben somewhere out there with the wind turbines, gifted by public money;
  • where Scotland’s young people – a frighteningly high percentage of whom have been officially shown to be struggling to read, write and count – will, at a stroke [and what a stroke] be the envy of the world for their competence;
  • where the current regular failures in waiting times at Scotland’s hospitals magically disappear, as John Swinney remembers that he has routinely underspent  on the Scottish health service, deploying less money than the UK has given him for the job – and less per capita than the rest of the UK has spent;
  • where the indulgent UK keeps on paying the pensions Scotland cannot afford – as a parting gift in token of a 300 year union ;
  • where the most wonderful IT systems cost nothing and farmers get their EU grants on time;
  • where external investors rush to plough their wonga into a Scotland going head down for indy;
  • where the North Sea becomes a cash cow again, with the price of oil rising to $100 a barrel – as Scotland’s top oil economist, one A Salmond, with a fabulous record of predictions from the ouija board, has just pronounced it will [although the ignorant industry itself judges that $60 looks like its future limit];
  • where ship building booms on the Clyde with an endless series of naval orders from a flush and kindly UK, for memory’s sake;
  • where children are born knowing how to use cutlery and can eat their universal free school meals rather than accepting defeat and chucking uneaten food in the bin;
  • where no child carries knives or other offensive illegal weapons – ever;
  • where people gracefully turn their faces to the wall as they reach 65;
  • where a Scottish government has more than two competent politicians;
  • where nobody worries about the need for a strong opposition and a second parliamentary chamber because the government is so wonderful, so trustworthy and so ineffably right that such things could serve no purpose other than provide the distraction of a peripheral whinge on the sidelines, having to be shouted out of hearing by exasperated First Minsiterial bawlfests.

As the hordes sat down again they were already in that land over the rainbow.

Unlistening and unquestioning, not one noticed that the beatified one had performed a politicians trompe l’oreille and had only promised a long campaign to ‘persuade’ those who incomprehensibly have not yet bought the promised land, who are tediously rooted in fact, practicality and the achievable. But these trivialities will be swept aside in the onslaught of the ‘persuasion’ to come.

No one noticed either that it doesn’t matter if the SNP win every seat in the Scottish parliament in May this year; and it doesn’t matter if the UK votes to leave the EU while the expansively outward looking, universally migrant-welcoming Scotland has a 90% majority for staying a member: neither of these matters are to be a mandate for a second Scottish Independence Referendum.

But there’s everything to feel good about.

Her beatitude, courtesy of Totty Rocks, has elevated an independent Scotland to the mythological status of ‘a beautiful dream’.

Ah – the sentimental allure of a good old fashioned romance.

The underlying message from on high to the dauntless bravehearts, though, is ‘Dream on’.

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  • I’ll give you credit. Magnus Gardem of the Herald will be so proud of you.
    Unfortunately,your analysis of matters arising are way of the mark.
    I’ll spin the argument round to you,news desk.What are the unionist parties offering the people of Scotland.
    You may answer on he back of a second class stamp!
    At the very least,the SNP are trying to improve Scotland however it is widely known now,due to alternative media,that it is the unionist parties soul purpose to ensure Scotland is always kept at a disadvantage.
    In June,the first Minister will detail an argument to engage all Scots in a discussion. The discussion will be about Scottish Self Determination.
    GERS will be used as a direct negative against the Westminster regime,which,I’m sure Lang will not be pleased about however why stop our opponents while they make mistakes!

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    A.Salmon March 13, 2016 9:55 pm Reply
    • AS, why shouldn’t the people of rUK not petition Westminster for a referendum to break away from Scotland, the advantages to them are very attractive, firstly the end of the Barnet Formula, the end of tax concessions to NS operators, a large reduction in pension payments, the end of Utility cross border agreements etc.
      If you and your leaders are so certain let’s get on with it.

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      Richard March 13, 2016 10:13 pm Reply
      • If all you say is correct why haven’t any Wastemonster Govt. tried this before… ie If we’re such a drain on resources then get rid of us…!

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        Ian Sanderson March 13, 2016 11:48 pm Reply
  • Why we still talk about independence is beyond me – Nicola Sturgeon was crucified today by Andrew Neil.

    ‘Why, if you have such a strong economy as you have been telling us about do you have such an enormous deficit’.

    In fairness to the FM, our deficit is the highest of any EU country – the only thing she could do it try avoid the question or repeat ‘all countries have a deficit’ ad nauseum.

    I especially liked the bit where she pointed out the UK deficit being as high a few years ago and how Scotland would deal with it in the same way (tacking on a bit about not making the same decision as George Osborne). So, we’ll do the same thing..but, eh not do the same thing…

    She’ll think twice before going live with Andrew Neil again. It was crinegtastic – the fact that knowing the figures she does, she says she regrets that we didn’t vote yes.

    As Ruth Davidson pointed out – dodged a bullet, thanks to the wisdom of the majority of Scots.

    Let’s hear no more about this nonsense – let’s vote in the SNP in May and see what happens. The bigger the win, the bigger the fall

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    JB March 13, 2016 10:07 pm Reply
    • Despite what Nicola Sturgeon said, I don’t think Independence seekers want negative grudged support from people with attitudes such as you and Ruth Davidson seem to have. I think she meant that we have to win you over to let you see the better path that is their to be taken.
      An Independent Scotland will have no comparison to the existing UK, that’s what Independence is about, everything will change over time.
      The choice is to continue as the underdog in a corrupt union running up Trillions of debt as we are used to promote endless wars against poor people all over the World or become Independent and live and work for the good of ourselves and all humanity.

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      Murdoch MacKenzie March 13, 2016 11:27 pm Reply
      • MM. Adding to your last sentence slightly, what is the difference between “The choice is to continue as the underdog in a corrupt union (e.g. the United Kingdom) running up Trillions of debt as we are used to promote endless wars against poor people all over the World or become Independent and live and work for the good of ourselves and all humanity…….while remaining a tiny underdog in a corrupt union (e.g. the European Union) running up trillions of debt?” I seriously don’t understand why one union is bad and a much bigger union in which Scotland would have a tiny bit part, if accepted which is by no means certain, is good.

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        Alex McKay March 14, 2016 2:12 pm Reply
      “We start off from the position of a Scottish pound, and stick yer UK national debt up yer arse..”

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      Ian Sanderson March 13, 2016 11:50 pm Reply
  • The wee ginger dug lost touch with reality long ago – maybe he/she has never been in touch with it.

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    JimB March 14, 2016 8:11 am Reply
  • Words cannot express the relief to see that the Newsroom has reappeared asi really thought she had thrown in the towel. But no, this weekend’s absolutely huge SNP Spring conference has roused her from her slumbers and on cue, like a boxer stumbling to his feet afte a knock out, the Newsie lashes out in a flail of anti SNP rhetoric. Lights on, nobody in, comes to mind but it’s good see the Newsie back anyhow. And it was a great conference too. Really raised the troops and brought into clear perspective the extent to which the SNP is Scotland’s Party and then some.

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    willie March 14, 2016 9:38 am Reply
  • Mind you Willie, Newsie has already admitted that the SNP will win. The question is by how much? Ruthie likes driving tanks (is that not a retained power to RUK?)to ward of Fraser, Dugdale is fighting to be second again. Such ambition. Lib dems…….. eh -think Orkney and Shetland will punish the encumbents for the lying Carmichael. Maybe the Greens will pick up from the remnants of lib dems.
    More angry blogs from Newsie, JB and pretendy Scots
    SNP Win.

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    No Cheese Here March 14, 2016 11:26 am Reply
  • oh dear THE B”””ER together mobsters aren’t even responding anymore just dislike clicks.

    Nothing to say. Osborne has dug us into a hole of his own making but he will remain safe –hard luck on the poor again. How embarrassing to be a greedy tory.
    or was that a liebour or a lying dem

    SNP Win.

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    No Cheese Here March 14, 2016 5:09 pm Reply
    • NCH, the only bitter people are you and your fellow travellers, everywhere else people are getting on with their lives, don’t you get it NS and JS are stringing you all g because they like the power, they are puppeteers
      and your the bitter muppets

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      Richard March 15, 2016 12:37 am Reply
  • ” Osborne has dug us into a hole of his own making ”

    I don’t know about that, the UK deficit is on its way down whereas the Scottish Government is borrowing like there is no tomorrow. One consequence would appear to be Scotland will not be accepted into the EU which is strange as I understood that you E Unionists want us all to vote to stay in.

    Inconsistent if nothing else.

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    JimB March 14, 2016 7:04 pm Reply
    • jimb — you obviously have your chart upside down. As for borrowing Scotland can only “borrow” within set limits set by Osborne similar to England , Wales and Northern Ireland. No difference in process. You knew that or should have so can only assume that you are lying as you are with the EU quip.

      Come on get your act together yoonniist. Folk don’t believe the lies anymore so they are voring SNP.
      SNP win. Agree?

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      No Cheese Here March 15, 2016 8:19 am Reply
      • “Scotland can only “borrow” within set limits set by Osborne”
        That is a welcome breath of fresh air, NCH. Mind you, your wee mate Keitho may not be too happy as he has been telling people that the SG is not allowed to borrow money at all. I trust he was misinformed and not telling Porkies.

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        JimB March 15, 2016 8:42 am Reply
  • The unionist economical argument is in tatters tonight. The prayed the collapse in oil would ruin Scotland’s economy.
    In fact it has only contracted by 1% showing an underlining strong economy without oil.
    The Union,running out of time and lies!

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    A.Salmond March 14, 2016 8:36 pm Reply
  • Is it true that London Labour( Our betters) are not going to fund our election?

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    Jackie Bayleaf March 14, 2016 8:43 pm Reply
  • jim boy and dick. Make your mind up guys. You said Scotland borrowed excessively. Jim B said Scotland was so bad it would not be accepted into the EU. For the dimmer yooniists — we are already in the EU. The b****r right wing yooniists nothing is working. Osbornes in trouble. Cameron is in trouble. Ruthie gets a soldier to drive a tank for her.(forward or back?)

    SNP win.

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    No Cheese Here March 15, 2016 11:44 am Reply
    • Yes NCH, Scotland is in the EU at present but only as part of the UK. If you achieve independence what happens? You will either have to apply to join the EU ass a new country,, use the Euro etc.. This is likely to be unsuccessful 1) because of the deficit being more than 3% of GDP and 2) you would need every country to vote to allow Scotland in -Spain for one is unlikely to support the application.

      Granted this is new territory for the EU so nobody (not even SNP Central) KNOWS what would happen but the above seems most likely.

      But of course you know that hence the abuse heaped on my previous posting.

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      JimB March 15, 2016 9:51 pm Reply
  • Indyref(2) ..Indyref(3)..Indyref(whenever) … it’s game’s not going to happen

    Look at the sequence..the GERS report only to met with self denial and rationalisations from SNP loyalists akin to a seriel failed alchoholic attending an AA meeting!!

    Then NS’ speach to the spring SNP meetingwas noteable for NO offer/pledge for Indyref(2)

    Says it all. Scottish Independence is a busted flush to be consigned to the history archive

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    Scotnat March 15, 2016 5:17 pm Reply
  • the yooniists apologists.
    Osborne austerity doesn’t work so lets have more austerity.

    Pretendy Scot or should I say brit says “more, more” doing Londons bidding. Doesn’t care for Scotland. London first Scotland last. Quisling doesn’t quite fit for such guys.

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    No Cheese Here March 15, 2016 10:17 pm Reply
  • Well done SNP for dupping so many of your hi-iQ supporters into thinking another indy ref was on the cards…this is your finest success to date …you played them all right up to the line lol… now do rScotland and the 55% a favour and get on with what you are paid for by the 100% ie: governing what you have…

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    Karl Hughes March 16, 2016 11:42 am Reply
    • Osborne has delivered a good budget, now let’s see what Swinney and Sturgeon do apart from complaining.

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      Richard March 16, 2016 1:51 pm Reply

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