Contains a rude word – because I’m so fed up with the SNP
The Herald had a headline yesterday in the wake of the Catalan election. It read:
SNP offer to mediate in Catalonian power crisis … Sturgeon ‘could put together team’ to help rivals in Spanish constitutional deadlock.
I don’t know the source of the ‘offer’ as I don’t buy the Herald, I’ve reached my free limit of articles to read on their web site, and I’m not going to cough up good money to find out more. The SNP, probably wisely, don’t seem to have issued a media release about their offer.
Let’s assume the news is correct.
Are these idiots serious?
The SNP offering to mediate between Catalonian and Spanish politicians would be like Vidkun Quisling offering to mediate between Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. All allusions to Nazism are offensive to the SNP (I know they’re not Nazis) but I’ve been called a quisling so many times by nationalists that I’m past caring.
Of course the SNP’s ‘offer’ is, excuse me, spurious bollocks. They’re experts at that sort of game. If they were serious they would have made a joint approach with the UK government, a bit like nationalist and unionist politicians in Northern Ireland have been known to talk jointly to people locked in other seemingly endless conflicts elsewhere in the world. I mean they could do that, couldn’t they, because they’ve striven so hard to work in a spirit of compromise and conciliation with Westmonster since they lost the referendum. Haven’t they?
And while we’re at it, let’s have less of this ‘triumph for Catalan independence’ nonsense, as evinced in this tweet by the appalling Paul Monaghan SNP MP:
Clearly the man has as firm a grasp on the basics of arithmetic as his party does on the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum. Observe:
All figures rounded to nearest percentage point
The comparison seems fair since the Catalan separatists have said their election is really a plebiscite on independence from Spain. And well, well. What a surprise. In both cases a thumping great … minority. Despite years of agitation and propaganda in both countries only 37/38% of their adult populations could be bothered to get up off their butts and vote positively for separation. Where’s your ‘vote for independence’ now, Dr Monaghan?
Even now the first minister’s probably putting her conciliation (that’s conciliation not conciliatory) team through an intensive two hours training. Who’s she got on it? So much talent to choose from – Alex When’s-my-memoir-coming-out-in-Catalan? Salmond; Humza I-know-how-to-behave-in-sensitive-international-situations-Down-with-Israel-Viva-Palestine Yousaf; Christian No-one’s-heard-of-me-but-I-speak-French-that-might-help Allard MSP. And so many more of the same calibre.
Meantime, back at the ranch there’s the sensitive questions of Michelle Buy-to-rent Thomson MP, not to mention Fiona T-in-the-Park Hyslop. What a shower. And that’s without even starting on their less than mediocre governance of Scotland. I may return to that farrago shortly. Rant over. As you were.