“Scots should question SNP’s record in office”, bleats the headline on a Financial Times piece slavishly shared by British nationalism’s favourite failure, Blair McDougall. (paywall so no link) Such is the lack of self-awareness of both the author of this piece and the much-derided architect of Project Fear that neither is conscious of how this terse instruction encapsulates the elitist arrogance of the British establishment and the now openly acknowledged anti-democratic credential of the British parties’ and their ever-obedient branch operations in Scotland.
Note the underlying assumption implicit in the question; that Scottish voters haven’t questioned the SNP’s record in office. That we’re too stupid to have done so. It is simply unimaginable to this self-appointed clique of patronising praters that we might have scrutinised the SNP’s record – as well as the party’s manifesto – with extreme rigour. And that the SNP’s approval ratings and standing in the polls is a consequence of this close examination of their record and policy platform, rather than being a function of the witlessness they so offensively take for granted.
No! These pompous bastards go straight to the assumption that we are Scottish, therefore we haven’t a bloody clue. We don’t think. We don’t do grown-up politics. They take this contemptuous attitude to the people of Scotland so much for granted that they can’t even think of expressing their sneering disdain in this manner as an insult. It’s just what “everybody knows”. So why shouldn’t they say it – or write it. It’s only the fucking Sweaties anyway! What does it matter?
Note also how the validity of the voters’ democratic choices is dismissed with high-handed scorn. Yet again we find anti-democratic British nationalists refusing to accept the legitimacy of voters’ decisions.
We must not let these people anywhere near power. We must use Thursday’s election to send a clear signal that we reject their determination to deny us our democratic rights. We must take this opportunity to tell the parties of the British establishment that we’ve had more than enough of their asserted superiority.
We must make our voice count. We must choose #BothVotesSNP