It’s that time of the year again. Every June I run an annual crowdfunder to keep this blog going. I’ll be honest, earlier this year I was very close to throwing in the towel. I was very down and dispirited in part because far too many people in the Scottish independence movement appear more interested in attacking other people who support Scottish independence for “not doing independence properly” than making the case for independence and defending the Scottish Government and the Scottish Parliament from the unceasing attacks on them by the Conservatives, who have now espoused full throated English nationalism, openly despise Scottish democracy and are worryingly getting closer and closer to authoritarianism. However more importantly I was dealing with the realisation that it has now been two and a half years since I suffered a devastating stroke and I am not going to improve any more. I’ve been left with significant disabilities and these are going to be life long.
But I can still do this blog and I feel it is more important than ever that I keep going with it, even though we can now no longer be certain about when Scotland will have another chance to vote for independence. The media frenzy which accompanied the police investigation into the SNP finances highlighted just what we are up against even as that same media all but ignored Conservative financial scandals involving far far larger sums of money. Someone needs to keep articulating support for the SNP and the Greens, the only two pro-independence parties with a proven track record in getting their candidates elected, and in making a positive case for Scottish independence that can reach beyond the bubble of committed independence supporters.
The SNP is an imperfect vehicle but it is currently the only pro independence political party with mass support and the ability to win elections. A reverse in fortunes for the SNP will be used by Scotland’s overwhelmingly anti-independence media to forge a narrative claiming that Scotland no longer wants independence, so it is imperative that we do not give the anti-independence media and parties the chance to do so.
Given everything that has happened in the wider independence movement over the past two years or so, it is all the more important that someone continues to focus on making the case for independence and attacking the parties of British nationalism. I sometimes feel that this blog is ploughing a lonely furrow. We already have an overwhelmingly anti-independence media which delights in attacking the Scottish Government and the SNP. That’s their job, not mine.
It is crucial that we continue to highlight the hypocrisies and failures of British nationalism, the Conservative Government and the Westminster system, this is all the more important given the Conservatives’ alarming attacks on democratic oversight. The UK is gravely in danger of descending into a British nationalist authoritarianism, from which Scotland must escape. With your help, I will be continuing to make the case for independence and warning of the dangers posed by the Conservatives and a Labour party which under Starmer chases along in the Tories’ wake.
This blog has a regular readership in the tens of thousands and has 8500 email subscribers. If all those people donated just £1 per month I would not need to run an annual crowd funder, but of course that’s not how things work. am hoping to raise £5000 which together with the money I receive from writing for the National will pay me enough to live on and pay my bills. It’s considerably less than the living wage, but enough to keep me going. Many thanks for your support.
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