And lo! there was a great wailing and a gnashing of gums!

Cue more tedious bleating from anti-democratic British nationalist fanatics who have always been vehemently opposed to the people of Scotland exercising their inalienable right of self-determination. Despite the fact that Sturgeon is doing no more than confirming her administration’s intention to abide by manifesto commitments; and despite the infantile fuss the British parties have made demanding that she do precisely that, still they’re carping and complaining.

And it’s all pointless. It will change nothing. The flaunting of anti-democratic credentials has become like a tribal ritual for hard line unionists. A form of bonding with like-minded individuals. A signalling of group parameters. A scent-marking of ideological territory. It is ceremonial. Meaningless. Ineffectual.

The SNP has a clear parliamentary majority. The pro-independence, SNP/Green, group has an even larger majority. There is nothing that the British parties can do to prevent the people of Scotland having another referendum if that is their wish. Absolutely nothing.

If this utterly pointless railing against a part of the democratic process that she’s powerless to obstruct is Ruth Davidson’s idea of “strong opposition”, then those who voted Tory on that basis will be disillusioned even more quickly than was anticipated.

Not that Nicola Sturgeon will be at all unhappy. I’m sure the sight of Davidson bawling her spittle-flecked contempt for democracy and popular sovereignty at every FMQ session is just the fillip she might hope for as she launches the independence campaign afresh.

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About Peter A Bell

Thinker. Listener. Talker. Reader. Writer. None of my attitudes are immutable. None of my conclusions are final. None of my opinions are humble.
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