I don’t know if anyone else in the ‘yes movement’ has noticed but groups that were set up during and after the 2014 referendum that were all inclusive now seem to be very hostile to, well those who support Scottish independence. Apparently certain groups do not like anyone to criticise the SNP and woe betide anyone who dares to criticise the ‘Queen’ herself, Nicola Sturgeon. Seems you can only be part of these groups if you swear allegiance to the Scottish National Party, their leaders, members, and supporters. And may God strike you down dead if you do not.
I was alerted to this when someone shared my ‘the harsh reality of betrayal’ article on facebook. Imagine my surprise when the picture I had chosen to go along with the article came across my own news feed and imagine my shock to read that someone had commented that it was shite. Oh, dear I must have hit a nerve, imagine having another point of view. Of course, it wasn’t all doom and gloom, there were those in that group who were openly debating the article and agreeing with my take on where I see the SNP.
For too long supporters of the SNP have rode the wave of success championing the first minister and all her cronies, blinded by their loyal faith to someone whom it would seem does not have their best interests at heart. What have the SNP managed to achieve for Scotland? Okay, the baby box, which is cute and all but what else is there? Education used to be revered in this country, the cry of ‘we are the best educated in Europe’ could we say that now? Education has taken a real dip; you only have to talk to parents to know there is a real worry over what children are being taught. Although I know of some parents who are perfectly fine with it, others fear for the future given the shambles over exams, or the lack of them. I imagine the SNP faithful will come back with all sorts of excuses, but the fact remains there are certain young people whose future looks bleak. And then there is the hate crime bill, about to be enacted, there is a real fear of falling foul of this bill through no fault of your own. The right to freedom of speech is under threat and don’t get me started on the rights of women to air their views.
I remember the days where everyone was on the same page, where politics were set aside, and the focus was on independence. It would seem new facebook groups are being set up, this time to accommodate those who are not welcomed to air their views on the SNP SUPPORTING pages who masquerade as being for Scottish independence. If you want independence and are not afflicted with any party, or heaven forbid you are a supporter of Alba you best hightail it out of any SNP supporting group, and woe betide if you find an article you have written but not posted you had better run for cover because the spontaneous combustion of those who live, and breath SNP and Nicola Sturgeon will not be a pretty sight.
I shall await the outcome if this article makes it onto one of these pages and if they say this is shite, well, I don’t care, I shall be somewhere in the corner of the internet laughing at them and if that makes me a bad independence supporter – well I don’t care.