Alex Salmond told me: ‘SNP was captured by 100 wacky transgender warriors’
Scotland faces a combustible future.
No matter what happens in Thursday’s election in Holyrood, the political scene and civic and general life appear to be prepared for increasingly hot times.
In our universities and schools, a flood of disgruntled students and parents could be about to challenge exam results and complain about teaching issues in the wake of the Covid crisis.
In the hospitality, pubs and entertainment sectors, among a host of struggling industries, unemployment figures could skyrocket, affecting mortgage, rent and PCP payments.
Meanwhile, the battle for the UK’s future will be firmly on, with the gloves really coming off as the pro-independence camp and trade unionists attempt to deliver the final killing blow to the other case.
It will be up to politicians in London and Edinburgh to tackle these issues and those who are not exhausted by the grueling events of the past year will need to find the energy and innovation to solve them.
In the independence movement, a civil war seems certain between two increasingly divided camps with skirmishes already well underway on social networks.
Many, who left the SNP to join Salmond’s new independence party, are raging against what they see as capitulation to a small number of entrants.
I suspect that the guerrillas could break out in the midst of the conflict as the SNP continues its cautious approach to “build the case” for independence, much to the anger of Alba, the new “old” children of the neighborhood.
Alex Salmond, the creator of Alba, recently told me: “If you had told me seven years ago that the party I once led would be captured by a hundred wacky transgender warriors, I would have laughed. from you. (Alex Salmond insists this quote is incorrect)
Many, who left the SNP to join the new independence party of Salmond, do not roll in the aisles.
Most rage at what they see as a SNP surrender to a small number of entrants.
They believe that the pursuit of the âdreamâ has been abandoned on the altar of minority interests like gender recognition and trans issues.
There is no doubt that the SNP will have a majority of MSPs when the results are announced on Saturday.
However, if they don’t have a majority when the real numbers are counted, their argument for independence is weakened.
They then face a grueling fight on two fronts.
Alba and the independence movement at large will demand the abandonment of a timid approach to the pursuit of the cause, while the union parties will fire with all the shots at what they claim to be weaknesses in the cause. independence dossier on currency, pensions and a hard border. with the rest of the UK.
Sarwar’s Star Rises
The demand to push harder for independence on the one hand and anger at the inability to recognize the will of the majority on the other hand will ensure a bitter political period ahead.
Anas Sarwar had very little time as leader of the Labor Party in Scotland, but showed early promise in identifying the issues that are the bread and butter of most people.
He will work hard to convince many Scots like me who left the Labor Party for Independence years ago that there is a better future without what he sees as narrow nationalism.
Meanwhile, Boris Johnson continues to be the Teflon man unfazed and untouched by the dirt thrown at him.
Those who hoped his recent home decor scandal meant curtains for him have seen those hopes firmly shut down as the Conservatives do what they do best, close ranks against all comers.
The blunder over his blunder is not playing out as well as his opponents had hoped, and Johnson blithely continues, despite the revelations his living conditions demand an annual income of Â£ 300,000 – 10 times the annual salary.
The untouchable prime minister is considering a spate of spending to bypass Holyrood, with billions of pounds available for infrastructure and other projects, in a major Keynesian intervention program to create and protect jobs.
Covid-19 meant I had to cut my three years as rector of the University of Dundee short by about a year.
While this causes me some sadness, I have to admit that I did not appreciate the prospects of what might happen in academia.
Carnage and grief
With budgets under massive pressure, job and pension cuts in staff and many students facing disappointing exam results after an extremely disruptive time, carnage could ensue.
Students finding that the expected grades are not available and that this could seriously affect their future prospects, leaving four years of study worthless, will appeal in great numbers.
This could cause major grief in an industry extremely important to our financial and educational well-being.
The saying “May you live in interesting times” is often attributed to the Chinese philosopher Confucius.
It’s supposed to be a curse. Maybe he was thinking of Scotland when he invented it.
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