British nationalists my be “girding themselves for a rematch”, but rest assured that the “Nationalist camp” is not. The entire Yes movement is very well aware that it is gearing up for a very different campaign in #indyref2.
Better Together/Project Fear never really went away. The British establishment’s anti-Scottish propaganda effort has been unrelenting. There has been no let-up since the campaign to deny the sovereignty won the vote, then had to stand helplessly watching as the SNP and other parts of the independence movement walked away with all the prizes. British nationalists have been venting their bitter, frustrated anger ever since.
But, significantly, they have been doing so using the same comprehensively discredited ‘arguments’ and utterly despicable rhetoric as they deployed during the first independence referendum campaign. They have learned nothing. They have nothing new to say. They are still unable to provide a rational case for Scotland remaining in an anachronistic and evidently dysfunctional union. They still can’t explain why we should accept the government we elected being overruled by a government we rejected.
The independence movement is ready to take the positive, aspirational Yes message to the people of Scotland. Crucially, independence campaigners are now also ready to demolish the unionist case. They are prepared to attack the false prospectus of hard-line unionism in a way that was not deemed appropriate previously. It is the British establishment and the Westminster elite who will be interrogated . It is the status quo that will be under scrutiny. It is the structures of power, privilege and patronage which define the British state that will be forcefully challenged.
The Yes movement has matured. It has profited from experience. It has developed through internal debate. The ruling elites of the British state have every reason to be concerned. We are ready for this new fight. They are not. They will resort to all the tried and tested dirty tricks of imperialist Britannia. And we’re ready for that too.