Tuesday, June 02, 2015

There is an opportunity here to topple the SNP hold on Scotland

There was a report on Daily Politics this lunchtime that looked at the SNP's ultimatum over the EU referendum.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon insisted that decisions taken as a result of the referendum must match what the people of Scotland voted for.

SNP "Minister" for Europe Humza Yousaf told us that the SNP would "evangelise quite rightly about the benefits of EU membership".

There is an opportunity here to topple the SNP hold on Scotland.

Let them evangelise about the EU.  Let them identify themselves with the EU in all its ways.  Let them seek to justify the EU to the Scottish people.

If the Scottish people subsequently vote NO to continued membership the SNP will be so damaged they will find it extremely difficult to rise again.

And it is not so very fanciful to see that the Scottish people may well vote NO.  The EU has devastated Scottish fishing communities.  Many of the arbitrary and high-handed policies the SNP cleverly blames on Westminster originate in Brussels.  The claustrophobic pro-corporate big business regulations and requirements that stifle local enterprises are a direct result of the EU's interventions.  Whatever the socialist instincts of Scotland there can be no re-nationalisation or public ownership or even mild public subsidy under EU requirements.  The EU is a top-down organisation that imposes its will upon the little people.

If the Scottish people value freedom highly it is illogical for them to want to remain in the EU.

Nicola Sturgeon thinks that tactically she can use the EU referendum to get another vote on independence.

But strategically she may be tying herself to the sinking ship of EU membership and may well go down with that ship.

For the rest of us, we must campaign for a NO vote in Scotland.


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