Michael Gove talks of working with the SNP in the same breath as he declares he will ignore the financial framework deal won by John Swinney against the British state’s efforts to undermine the Scottish Government and cripple Scotland’s economy.
He speak of “respect” while casually ignoring the democratic choice of Scottish voters to preserve Scotland’s relationship with the EU.
He strives to make a virtue of the defects of character evidenced by his betrayal of Boris Johnson. He glosses over the moral lassitude exposed by the brazen dishonesty of the Leave campaign. He hopes we will disregard the deficiencies of intellect and self-serving obsessions evident in his failure to even consider the consequences of a Brexit vote for anything other than his own prospects.
He wears his “Scottishness” like an ill-fitting disguise which fails utterly to conceal his allegiance to the structures of power, privilege and patronage which define the British state and his determination to lock Scotland into an asymmetric and dysfunctional political union regardless of the cost to Scotland’s people.
Michael Gove, perhaps more than any of the other candidates in the Tory leadership contest, embodies all the reasons we must restore Scotland’s rightful constitutional status at the earliest opportunity. We must bring Scotland’s government home as a matter of urgency.
We must not be taken in by talk of “more powers”. Devolution is dead. Independence! Nothing less!