I have just watched the snp debate on NATO and as expected the leadership managed to destroy another dearly held shibboleth for the true supporters of independence in the snp,
just as they did with the monarchy. Still at least they got a vote this time, people of my vintage who have been locked in combat with the snp for many years are as aghast as their own true members are that the snp would ever capitulate over NATO but they have.
The reason for this? Well; the reason was made pretty clear by the speakers who supported NATO membership. "NATO membership makes us more electable"! There in all its stark brutality is their reason for what they have done and in doing so they have destroyed the very souls of a lot of people who put them where they are today. I couldn't help but wonder what wee Jim Mitchell a seeker of independence to his fingertips would have made of this, or Bruce McFee or Bill McGuiness or Davy Mylet, loosely wrapped chancers every one of them but fiercely committed to the anti nuclear cause, the destruction of NATO and independence. They must have thought as they looked on at Derek Mackay MSP a young man who has risen without trace as he sat there with Salmond chairing the conference, he and his new younger watered down nationalists are now the keepers of the flame and things have "changed utterly" to paraphrase WB Yeats.
For snp people of my age "the game's a bogey, the ba's broke" what Salmond & Co. were saying today without any attempt to camouflage their meaning such is their grip now on the party was that everything is for sale and the currency is votes, no attempt was made to gloss over the new tacky populism, nothing; no matter how abhorrent or downright treacherous will be allowed to stand in the way of Alex Salmond's iron will, if he fails which he surely will, he will be happy to take everyone down with him.
The vote was very close, close enough in fact to stir talk of mutiny and schisms in most other parties but alas this is the snp and the truth is that the true nationalists; the genuine independence fighters have been dying the death of a thousand cuts for 10/15 years now. Today was their last hurrah, they will hang about for some time to come and we will hear the sporadic death rattle but nothing more.
Many old timers in the hall and sprinkled around the country will have had tears in their eyes as they stood looking at the triumphant platform and they could not miss surely that the platform was smirking at them.