Not a coalition, but an agreement. This is what the deal between the Scottish National Party and the Scottish Greens is called somewhat twisted. Not a coalition – but green ministers will be in a wider Government for the first time in history. Agreement – although even officially the discrepancy protocol is not much shorter than the one containing inter-party arrangements. The balance of the entire system is therefore very … uncertain.
“After the pandemic” – someday, maybe, never?
On the plus side of the deal, the repetition of the unequivocal announcement of the next independence referendum can certainly be noted, although the SNP in particular seems to treat independence as a pigeon to be stopped, but never really caught. And what exactly mean the phrase “after the pandemic”, the most beloved by the leader of the nationalists, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and, of course, put by her into the agreement? Because what if the “pandemic” never ends?
For supporters of accelerating the march to independence, primarily from the ALBA Party or movements such as Now Scotland and Action for Independence – we are dealing rather with a convenient trick designed to justify millennialism and the passivity of the ruling formation. Because there is a method in this madness – as long as there is no independence, the SNP remains the party of first choice for its supporters, which can easily use slogans of counteracting divisions and closing ranks in the name of a higher good. However, when the independence of Scotland ceases to be a dream and a demand and becomes a political fact – then it will be necessary and inevitable to reorganize the national political scene, according to program criteria, and not under patriotic blackmail. And from the point of view of the Party apparatus, which has been in power for 14 years – why waste a comfortable life?
NATO acid test
The deal with the Greens is therefore assessed as a victory for this passive approach of the SNP leadership. And even despite the fact that it was the new partners who were so far considered more determined in pushing for a divorce from the UK. Unfortunately, there has been a noticeable change in the attitude of Scottish Greens. Suddenly, their rush to the referendum ceased, not only because of COVID, but also, for example, with the intention of focusing on counteracting climate change, etc. Even the list of differences between the two groups, attached to their agreement, though long – gives the impression of being invented by force, to such extent positions of both parties seem to be similar. In this context, another positive factor can be considered, as one of these few discrepancies – the sustained opposition of the Greens to the membership of independent Scotland in NATO. What’s positive in that if this is not an agreed point in the common Government’s policy? Well, it is important to recall the postulate itself, once common to the entire Scottish independence movement, as well as to reveal how far the SNP has already gone through the process of copying British, establishment parties.
Climatism = poverty?
And what, in turn, is indisputably bad and fatal in the SNP-Greens agreement? Points about active Climatism. Both those that make the daily life of harder, like resignation from the development of main roads system in Scotland, and multiplication of ridiculous speed limit 20-miles-zones in cities – and strategic ones. First of all, those aimed at limiting, or even ceasing, Scotland’s greatest wealth – oil and gas fields, already heavily plundered by the Westminster & City, but still one of the largest in Europe. So, very trendy now madness of the Climatism promoted by the Greens may mean not only the re-impoverishment especially of north-eastern Scotland, but also lead to a situation in which Scotland will eventually be independent again one day – but also poor as it used to be. And then from the other bank of Tweed River we will hear only the contemptuous laugh of the Tories…
To conclude, it seems that Nicola Sturgeon has chosen a junior partner to burden the Greens with the political costs of her most unpopular decisions, both economic and ideological. After all, it is no secret that the current investments in the so-called renewable energy sources, while theoretically and on paper give Scotland an advantage over the rest of the UK, in fact did not bring the promised recovery or jobs. Neither are they and will not be an alternative to the constrained (and self-limiting) oil sector. In addition, these are primarily foreign investments, benefiting from various types of tax privileges, and the announcement of attempt to make some order on the market by establishing a specialized state agency is also long overdue, and means rather further and rising costs, not income for the Scots.
In a word – First Minister obtained a Green leaf in order not to build and invest in Scottish natural resources, but to focus on further deliberations on gender by choice, in which the Greens bravely second to the mainstream SNP. Here, then, the nationalists take the program of no industry from new partners, in return giving them own project of non-independence (in the foreseeable future). Indeed, a perfect exchange…
ALBA – the minority voice of reason
And there is even a wee positive in this, however. The mainstay of common sense and truly national interests of Scotland is the SocialDemocratic-Nationalist ALBA Party of former First Minister Alex Salmond, which is now getting ready for its first congress. Its support, however, still does not even come close to the size of the SNP electorate and First Minister N. Sturgeon personally, which has been strengthened by the exemplary COVID-scare campaign. But if both major independence parties disappoint their voters and the lack of progress in the national cause and the ineffectiveness in overcoming the effects of the COVID-economic crisis – then perhaps A. Salmond will be the politician who will be able to use always effective the slogan “…and I told you so!” to build a viable alternative to the Scots.
For the time being, however, Scotland will be ruled by the system of the Party of Power and Lockdowns – with the Climastism Party. Misery Loves Company…
By Konrad Rękas Via http://oneworld.press/?module=articles&action=view&id=2183