I just read through my 1000-word response to Robin McAlpine’s comments about the independence campaign “going backwards” only to realise with a sense of weary despair that it was a total waste of words.
I am now resigned to the fact that, to have any hope of success, the Yes movement must figure out how to deal with both the bitter and unprincipled opposition of British nationalist ideologues and a corrosively negative internal narrative conducted by those who are repulsed by the thought that their idealism might be tainted by contact with the sometimes crude tools of real-world politics.
To those who evidently didn’t get that memo about there being other priorities than independence….
To those who busied themselves pointing out the flaws and deficiencies in those GERS reports…
To those who, throughout 2016, have been busy rebuilding and revitalising the “geographic networks of the independence movement”…
To those who reacted by challenging the grinding negativity of the unionist narrative rather than echoing it…
To all of those so pompously dismissed by Robin McAlpine, I say thank you for your efforts in 2016.
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