Monday, 17 October 2011
Nice And Easy Does It Alex
The SNP conference takes place in Inverness this week and Alex Salmond is looking rather pleased with himself. No wonder. He had a very good week last week with the main unionist parties tripping over themselves in their futile attempts to gain some recognition with the Scottish electorate. Unfortunately, the more they try the more the voters see through their dismal tactics and realise the SNP government is doing a reasonable job.
Whilst I disagree with the proposals to increase the unit cost of alcohol, the excessive amount of windfarms which are being built and destroying some of our most spectacular scenery and the knee-jerk reaction of unnecessary legislation against sectarianism, I consider that the SNP government is working for Scotland and its future.
The Herald carried a rather amusing article in which it stated that coalition ministers are planning a series of high-profile visits to Scotland to campaign against independence with the message that Alex Salmond risks 'trashing' the Scottish economy by delaying a vote on separation from the UK. Westminster politicians never learn do they? The majority of Scots are not interested in token visits and we've heard the negativity for years so they're threats will fall on deaf ears.
Alex Salmond is sure to dismiss calls for an early referendum on independence and will stick to his plan of asking the people during the second half of this parliamentary cycle, as set out in the SNP's manifesto for last May's election. If the ComRes pollfor the Independent on Sunday is an accurate reflection of support for independence, Mr Salmond's 'nice and easy does it' method is proving to be a winner.
The use of perjorative language by the unionist parties does little for their cause - or should I say their lost cause - because Scotland's membership of the Union is no longer appropriate for the 21st century.
We need to be able to make our own decisions and make our own mistakes, protect our own culture and ensure our children are educated to the highest quality possible so as they can confidently take their place in adult society.
It may take a few decades for us to shape a country which can combine ambition with fairness, but it will happen as long as our politicians do it the Alex Salmond way - 'nice and easy'.
Update: There has been some discussion in the comments about whether the proposal for an independence referendum was in the SNP's election manifesto. It was and it's here, but I apologise for misleading readers by also stating the manifesto declared the referendum would be in the second half of the Parliament. That was not contained within the document. My information was taken from the MSM who are not always accurate. However, it is well documented that the SNP campaigned on a referendum being held in the second half of the Parliament. Before the 5th of May even the unionist papers carried it as a leader and the Labour party became quite upset about it.
Time to stop nitpicking and start discussing the detail of what is needed and what is wanted for an independent Scotland.