In what is becoming an increasingly fragmented independence proposition – although one clearly struggling for some kind of internal democracy – Children’s Minister, Aileen Campbell, has blown the whistle on a party deception.
There have been disputing factions in the partially conservative, partially socialist and partially republican SNP over First Minister, Alex Salmond’s single-handed appointment of the Queen as Head of of State of an independent Scotland, should the country vote ‘Yes’ in just over a year’s time, in September 2014.
While there has since been an internal row over her comments, leaving a chastened Ms Campbell trying to find a credible back-story to recast what she said on a young people’s television show last week, these were her words:
‘…for the country to move forward, a ‘Yes’ vote next year will allow us and enable us to take the decisions about how that country would look, how it would feel – and this includes deciding who would be Head of State.’
The fundamental damage Ms Campbell’s intervention does to the ‘Yes Scotland’ campaign is less about a possible volte face on the status of the Queen in an independent Scotland – but that the modus operandi has been revealed as a readiness to renege on promises after a ‘Yes’ vote.
How can the electorate now be sure of anything that might or might not obtain post-18th September 2014?
The proposition is that you vote blind and decide what you voted for after the event. ‘Que?’, as Manuel in Fawlty Towers used to ask.