What a weird state of affairs we’ve reached within the politics of Scotland when we now have components of the Higher England press in London making widespread trigger with their earlier bête noire, Alex Salmond, of their marketing campaign to assault, discredit and finally carry down the present chief of the Scottish Nationwide Occasion, Nicola Sturgeon. And fairly risk along with her any hope within the close to way forward for an unbiased nation-state within the northern half of the island of Britain. In a approach it’s all very Parnellian,* reeking of the typically actual however extra typically faux scandals that had been utilized by successive United Kingdom governments in opposition to their Irish nationalist opponents all through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries – and extra just lately throughout the acrimonious Brexit negotiations between the UK and the European Union. Sadly whereas the British institution, from elected ministers to tame journalists, is undoubtedly contributing to the sense of disaster in Holyrood, the disaster itself may be very actual. Evidently Nicola Sturgeon could have been lower than forthright in her testimony to Scottish parliamentarians, and Alex Salmond’s as soon as lofty status stays tarnished with accounts of his private misbehaviours. A tarnishing that he appears intent on obscuring on the expense of what was beforehand his life-long dream of a free Scotland.
I do not know how all that is going to play out with the Scottish citizens. Some well-informed commentators are hoping that Sturgeon and the SNP authorities will climate the continuing storm and proceed to reap the advantages of Britain’s Brexit discomfiture come the regional elections in Might. Others are much less optimistic and concern that the resignation of the SNP chief is imminent, leaving her social gathering in disarray simply weeks away from the polls. And a handful are literally satisfied that Sturgeon’s departure will herald Salmond’s triumphant return. Which actually can be weird. Personally, whereas I believe that the First of Minister of Scotland has suffered some private harm, her resignation is unlikely and her social gathering stays on the right track to extend its currents share of the Holyrood seats in Might. Nonetheless, every week – or a number of weeks – is a very long time in politics and none of us can predict what the abruptly unpredictable Alex Salmond would possibly do subsequent. Or his more and more unsavoury allies.
* In fact, the autumn of Charles Stewart Parnell and the fractionalisation of Irish nationalist politics was one of many elements that contributed over the next a long time to the rise of “superior nationalism” in Eire and finally to armed revolution when the nation was denied some other technique of asserting its sovereignty. So maybe the ardent defenders of the British state and their handful of helpful idiots within the Scottish nationalist motion needs to be cautious what they need for?