You’ll know that I’m utterly opposed to division within the ranks until the war is over. I rage against insider criticism of the SNP even though I may share some of the concerns raised myself. Until the great day, we should only have time and energy to support Scotland and all the parts of the Yes movement. We should only have time and energy to mount attacks on our clear enemies in the Yoon media and in the Unionist parties but especially in the dread Tories.
On the great day, I’ll be able to push the socialist, republican and pacifist values that matter most to me but I know that only an independent Scotland, free of England’s extreme-right, can provide the place where they are possible.
So, I hesitate to write something that seems, is, I suppose, a criticism of the current SNP approach to BBC bias – gently goes it? I was happier with Salmond’s more combative style but if it’s too divisive to win then I accept the Sturgeon strategy. You could, of course argue that Salmond led the Yes movement from 25 to 45% while Sturgeon only seems to have taken it up from 45% to around 47%. I’ll say no more.
Anyhow, see the above inspiring example of how a leading SNP politician took on the frankly dishonest Gordon Brewer back in 2010. I still enjoy a re-listen.
Footnote: I remain puzzled and concerned about Sturgeon coming out in support of the dread, hawkish, corrupt, Hilary Clinton before then gailly recommending we read something by the war-criminal Henry Kissinger! How did she spend four years at Glasgow Uni doing politics and miss this? I feel sure Salmond and Russell would know.