Jim Fairlie is a sad case. A man whose principles and intellect have been crippled by an obsessive hatred, not of the EU as it actually is, but of the caricature that has grown like a cancer in his mind.
What is, perhaps, most sad is that he imagines he speaks for any significant part of the genuine independence movement. He is too far gone to realise that, when you opt to serve the British nationalist propaganda machine, you forfeit any credibility as a spokesperson for the campaign to restore Scotland’s rightful constitutional status.
Fairlie’s latest outburst may, however, have one useful purpose. It reminds us that there is but one party in Scotland which respects the democratically expressed will of Scotland’s people. Only one party that represents and defends Scotland’s interests. Only one party that has a mandate from the people of Scotland. Only one party which is unequivocally and unconditionally committed to independence. The SNP.
Jim Fairlie has chosen to turn his back on all of that. He would sacrifice Scotland’s independence on the altar of his hubris. Out of an arrogant petulance that borders on the infantile, he would deny the Scottish people and their parliament the power to decide on the matter of EU membership as he idiotically demands that this decision be made prior to the restoration of the the necessary powers.
In a manner which echoes the inanities of British nationalist fanatics, Fairlie seeks to blame Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP for everything. The fact that the people of Scotland voted decisively to remain in the EU means nothing to this ego on legs. Everybody’s wrong but our Jim!
I’m not sure which is more ridiculous – Fairlie’s self-importantly pointless posturing, or the British media’s risible efforts to portray him as some kind of ‘rebel’ against the party that has spent the last 25 years being oblivious to his departure.