It started with the endless campaign for indyref 1. It continues with the current General Election campaign for a mandate to make indyref 2 the issue of the 2016 Scottish Election.
Then there will be the campaign for that election – in which it’s more than likely that ‘we ain’t seen nothin’ yet’.
Then there will the 2017 campaign for the Scottish Local Authority Elections in 2017, with plenty of signs that the SNP are already gearing up to sweep the country at local level. Total domination is the name of the game. It will see Scotland an SNP monopoly, irrefutably a virtual one-party state, in a very short time.
With the result of the Scottish element of the current election sure to see the opposition parties this side of the border all but obliterated, the 2016 Scottish Election is certain to deliver a comprehensive mandate for the SNP Scottish Government to hold indyref 2.
That will see permission having to be asked of Westminster to hold this second referendum – and that protocol, with the considerations it involves, can only pump the adrenaline and see a shedload of divisive vitriolic abuse hurled southwards by the cybernat guerrilla force.
2017 will see both the Scottish Local Authority elections and the EU In-Out national referendum, that will be another year of highly politicised campaigning.
2018 is the most likely year for indyref 2, with the infantry – fed by a series of interim victories and causes for attacks on ‘Westmonster’ – stoked to win. Which they will.
After that, UK elections will no longer be of concern to politics in Scotland.
We’ve just had the anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign, the catastrophic 1915 eight month long World War 1 military engagement in the Dardanelles in Turkey, between the forces of the British Empire and those of the Ottoman Empire,
It became a stalemate battle of attrition where both sides took horrendous casualties, both were left depleted and exhausted, no side was the victor – but the Ottoman Empire was counted the winner because the campaign took place across its territory and it was not defeated.
The similarities with today’s political war for and against the Union are painful and may be instructive.