So 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.