(c) common space and pinsdaddy
07.22am today and those are the opening lines of the only reader comment under an article by Kevin McKenna. The headline is:
‘Scottish NHS is facing a crisis that affects us all’
The long rambling piece is full both of ‘respect’ for the First Minister and recognition of the SNP’s good health. Kevin is, of course, after a dramatic conversion on some quiet, no witnesses, ‘road to Damascus’, a confirmed supporter of independence. Kevin is also a confirmed and active critic of the SNP and a champion of Roman Catholicism. I know, he’s entitled to criticise the SNP. I criticised Nicola’s very odd (naïve?) support for the war criminal Hilary Clinton and her recommendation that we read the work of the war criminal, Henry Kissinger, but I know that only the SNP have the muscle and the drive to push this thing through with the rest of the movement providing the ideas, the songs, the noise and the drama.
Kevin spends much of his time criticising SNP polices such as the named person thing and, mostly commonly, whinging, evidence-free, about the NHS in Scotland. Coincidentally, it’s the same target that BBC Scotland have clearly identified as the one they can most effectively scare the elderly and the infirm with, thus bolstering the anxious No vote. He protests his love for the idea of independence but spends little time working directly to undermine its enemies.
He reminds me of a Rangers supporter who insists he’s now for independence but, when pressed, says that that hope has to come second to Rangers winning the league again! What would Kevin take before Scottish independence? I’m guessing but, would a counter-reformation be nice?
Might the list of preferences be, actually, infinitely long because Kevin is a fake supporter? I’m not saying he is an actual ‘mole’, ‘run’ and funded by MI5 (or is it 6 because we’re still ‘foreign’?), but I am saying that his writing, like some others on the ‘critical’ wing of the Yes movement, has the undermining effect of a mole. Maybe he’s a ‘blind mole’? The floating Yes/No voter is unlikely to be affected by too obvious, exaggerated and direct attacks on the SNP but more subtle pieces, equally wrong and usually free of evidence, and, crucially, laced with wee bits of praise for Nicola’s maturity, for the SNP’s strength or for the vague nobility of the cause, will be insidious and more effective, like all good propaganda.
What is Kevin’s agenda? I think he wants a good income from his writing, special treatment for Catholicism and a more caring sort of social democratic society. On a purely pragmatic basis he now thinks independence might be his best bet for that but, if Labour look like returning to power in Westminster, watch him.
Oh, yes NHS Scotland. Here’s some of the evidence, just that going back to March 2018, which, Kevin didn’t use: