Meanwhile, our schools and health services need urgent attention. But let's not let that get in the way of another exit strategy.
Run the ****ing country to the best of your ability.
Independence and a high standard public services aren't mutually exclusive: the premise for independence is, for the most part, that it's not possible to deliver the level of services and living standards other countries of similar size and stature enjoy.
The other side of that though, is that you really need to demonstrate that these things are only possible with independence, which is where Sturgeon has failed and failed badly. If she had picked up where the "Yes" campaign left off (and let's not forget, it came within a bawhair of succeeding), constantly looking at countries like Norway as the benchmark, pushed the devolution settlement to it's boundaries, the Scottish Parliament would still have been unable to deliver the standards it aspired to and at that point, how could anybody have objected to the idea of independence when the country was visibly being held back by the constraints of the Union?
Instead of that kind of boldness, there's been...well, not much, really. What's the point in moaning about extra powers from Westminster if you don't push the ones you have to their boundaries or tell people what exactly it is you want to do with them? How can you really inspire people when your response to failing services or increasing poverty is to go "well, it's better than in England"? We rarely even get grand (yet depthless) promises from the SNP now, all we get is "it'll be a bit better". As it stands, it's not the Union that's the biggest barrier to fulfilling Scotland's potential, it's the Scottish Parliament arsing about, squabbling over scraps and about who can be the most bland. Push Holyrood to its boundaries and independence is the next logical step.
Perhaps a confident, bold independence movement will arise over the next year or so that can over-turn all of that, but it won't change the fact that the last five years have been spent tinkering about rather than trying to drive things as far forwards as possible. If those years had been used with the appropriate level of vision and brave leadership, independence would be a formality rather an eternal, tedious bunfight. We're not even discussing different visions now, just an endless stream of nonsense about procedure and it's dull as ****.
Edited by EanieMeany, 25 April 2019 - 09:34 AM.