The tagline on my blog says ‘free by twenty-three’ as we are not there yet, there is still time. Like most who want Scotland to be an independent country these past years have been a long hard slog. Left with nowhere to go after the Scottish National Party decided to shake off it’s ‘indy’ image in favour of hip new causes, many independence supporters were left in limbo.
These past years have been tough for those of us whose soul intention is to rid Scotland of Westminster rule. I believe we could not fight independence on two fronts, the SNP, who seemed to have abandoned those who put them in power and Westminster who wish nothing more than to see Holyrood closed and the yes movement disbanded, yet while the SNP were warding off an attack from the British State which in my opinion had embroiled the hierarchy of the SNP in a dangerous game; there were those in the yes movement making plans of their own. Friday had all the marks of an enemy blindsided by their arrogance of being untouchable. While Sturgeon smiled for the cameras as she left her home having been cleared of mis leading parliament plans were being made, secrets kept. While all eyes were on the outcome of the Hamilton inquiry and the Scottish National Party were tweeting about who leaked the findings of the Harassment Inquiry, people were getting into position. And of course, there was the red herring of Alex Salmond’s big announcement of reporting Permanent Secretary Leslie Evans to the police, not such a red herring as this has indeed happened to the best of my knowledge but it was the distraction needed if Friday were to go off without a hitch.
As the SNP looked forward to a clear run in the Holyrood election and the carrots all polished ready to dangle in front of the yes movement to a cry of BOTH VOTES SNP out of the traps came Alex Salmond, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, quiet, confident, statesman like. Looking straight down the camera to those who tried to take him down he launched the Alba Party and without a blink of the eye announced his intention to stand on the list ticket. From the stunned looks on the faces of the press and the smiles from independence bloggers such as Gareth (Grouse Beater) and Roddy, (Barrhead Boy) it became clear that this was the best kept secret in the history of keeping secrets. And of course, as the press conference aired, the SNP hierarchy rushed to couple together a statement which read:
“This is perhaps the most predictable development in Scottish politics for quite some time. At this time of crisis, the interests of the country must come first and should not be obscured by the self interest of someone who shows no sign whatsoever of reflecting on serious concerns about his own conduct – concerns which; to put it mildly, raise real questions about the appropriateness of a return to public office.”
To me this reeks of desperation of a party who tried to silence the one person who is a real threat to them. The one person who used the mandate given to him by the people of Scotland. How dare these people continue a smear campaign against Alex Salmond who was found not guilty and not proven by a jury of predominantly women. We either have justice in this country or we do not. For Scottish National Politicians to continue this smear campaign says more about them than it does Mr Salmond who even now has urged the wider yes movement to give their first vote to the SNP and in doing so may have just saved the party an absolute drubbing at the ballot box as many independence voters such as myself had planned to remain at home or indeed happy to have Holyrood close as we cannot fight independence on two fronts. The SNP hierarchy have had shown no intention of using the mandate given to them by the public and have indeed gone with the ludicrous plan of asking Boris Johnston for a section 30 order.
Now that the public have somewhere else to place their trust the Scottish National Party have a choice to make. Get rid of Sturgeon and her cohorts or watch Alba rise. Alex Salmond said that he had no plans for government but if there seems a chance that the SNP side with the unionists or are infiltrated by unionists then I believe you will see Alba gain more strength and backing from the people of Scotland. If the SNP are to take anything away from this, it is that the people of Scotland are no fools and can see a cabal of self-centred careerists a mile off.
Sneer away, it will be their ultimate downfall as Alba rake over the ashes of what could have been a great party.