by Liam McLaughlan
British politics is in period of almost unparalleled self-inflicted chaos and confusion. A zombie Tory-led government – devoid of any credibility – staggers on. They march to the tune of the lambeg and flute of Arlene Foster’s DUP, the empty nothings of Theresa May and the Tory hard Brexit negotiations underway. For the first time since Sept 18th 2014, I’m happy with some of Nicola Sturgeon’s approach to the national question and strategy for delivering a vote for independence.
Yesterday’s pause in proceedings recognises what the SSP made clear; tying Scotland’s quest for self determination to the issue of European Union membership was the wrong issue at the wrong time. I have believed for some time that if a referendum was held in the next 12-18 months the Yes side would lose and lose heavily. The movement has systematically refused to properly examine the first campaign’s shortcomings and reasons for defeat. The unfortunate reality is the SNP have turned the movement into a party under their control. Radical voices stifled, authentic edges tempered, shackled and preened away by an impeccable PR machine and teflon leader.