The Saga of Henry’s Swithering

henry_mcleishSo Henry McLeish is undecided about whether or not he’s still sitting on the fence regarding independence. Big deal! Somebody needs to tell him that there’s a point at which suspense becomes tedium. And he crossed that line a while back.

C’mon, Henry! How do you expect anybody to take you seriously? How is it possible to harbour so many profoundly serious doubts about the union and yet only be considering the possibility of maybe “seriously thinking” about the alternative sometime in the next five years or thereabouts? If you’re only just getting around to the idea of seriously thinking about independence what the **** have you been doing up to now?

How many times can you write the same article about your great constitutional dilemma before people start to wonder if maybe you’re milking it?

McLeish might also struggle to explain why, if he’s been pondering this issue as much as his repeated statements suggest, he can still come out with inanities such as his remarks about the SNP having a “monopoly” on independence. How is it possible that any analysis worthy of the name could lead to the plainly daft conclusion that “independence could come from any party”? Really? Any party? Readers might want to think about that for a moment. It’s clear that Henry McLeish didn’t take that minimal trouble. This is just mindless, knee-jerk anti-SNP rhetoric of the kind we can get from any British nationalist politician or commentator. What makes McLeish special? What is he contributing to the debate? Why would anybody imagine the general public might be hanging on his every word?

The saga of Henry’s swithering continues. With the proliferation of hackneyed interventions he’s starting to look a lot like Gordon Brown. When we read of him ‘striding onto the stage’ or ‘stepping out of the shadows’, we’ll know the transformation is complete.


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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4 Responses to The Saga of Henry’s Swithering

  1. Rowdy Yates says:

    I watched an interview with him about a month ago (can’t remember which programme – doesn’t really matter). I would regard myself as reasonably politically astute/aware but I simply couldn’t understand what he was talking about. He seemed to be suggesting some sort of “third way” but what that third way consisted of or where it would lead us seemed to be a loose bundle of cliches and platitudes.

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  2. Angry Weegie says:

    Like many others in the early days, I tried to encourage McLeish to take the final step. Then I wondered how painful it must have become to sit on the fence for so long. Now, the only fence he’s sitting on seems to be one in his own imagination. Is he for or agin, or is this some sort of unionist nonsense that’s got out of hand and he can’t find a way to end it.

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  3. Well said, his faux dilemma is boring bollox now. Then again, he is BLiS, so expectations are always low.


  4. David Steele says:

    His dithering only serves to highlight the real problem with SLab. I don’t think they really know who they are, what they are or what they stand for any longer.

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