Know your opponents

Let us be absolutely clear about this. Voting for or promoting any British nationalist party is, by definition, incompatible with the aims and principles of Scotland’s independence movement.

Let us also be in no doubt whatever that the British Labour Party, the British Conservative & Unionist Party and the British Liberal Democrat Party – including the branch operations of these parties in Scotland – are all characterised by the same British nationalist ideology.

These are the parties of the British establishment. They are completely and unalterably committed to the preservation of the structures of power, privilege and patronage which define the British state.

Individually and collectively, the British parties represent the very antithesis of ‘radicalism’. A vote for any of them is not only a vote against the restoration of Scotland’s rightful constitutional status, it is a vote against any meaningful progressive politics.

To embrace the British parties in any manner and to any extent is to embrace the British political system. To validate them is to legitimise established power. To empower them is to fatally undermine the cause of constitutional reform and social justice.


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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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2 Responses to Know your opponents

  1. My thoughts exactly. It shows how high a mountain we have to climb when we have such sherpas to guide us.

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  2. Michael Cavanagh says:

    spot on . The idea of achieving any meaningful change within the status quo is an absurdity that I struggle to understand in people to profess to have a marxist or analytical approach to their politics. Where is the logic? Where is the fundamental coherence in their political activism if they flit from one thing to another dependent on the label placed by the existing political establishment, The idea that it is a Westminster election and this is what should direct your decision is patently absurd, The adherence to the rules, the ‘focus’ as defined by a rotten, corrupt system is an irrelevance to anyone with credible activism. Voting for an anti-independence party is inconsistent with any professed aim of achievingin an independent Scotland for itself or as the most achievable manifestation of a progressive and inclusive society.

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