With a majority of Scots opposing Nicola Sturgeon’s crusade for yet another separation referendum, it’s more important than ever to send her a message.
The Herald revealed that 53% of Scots agree with Mrs May, this is not the time for indyref2. This is followed up by growing evidence that support for separation is also on the slide across Scotland; a poll for the Scotsman showing 60% opposing SNP plans to break up Britain. It is clear that Sturgeon’s grand gamble on the back of brexit has proven a strategic error. She had assumed that Scotland voting to remain, and rUK voting leave would drive up separatist sentiments. Sadly for her (but joyfully for our country) the opposite is clearly the case.
The general election is a golden opportunity to tell the SNP straight: we said no, and we meant it.
Looking across the range, it is perhaps the fully knowledge of her error in pulling the trigger in an unpopular second separation vote that has Sturgeon running for cover. And running for cover she is, if the tone and shrill rhetoric of her GE17 campaign thus far is anything to judge by. Her minister Keith Brown has proclaimed that our election is “Scotland against the toarries”. Nippy and her ministerial gang doesn’t care that according to new polling as much as 33% of her fellow countrymen are now “toarries”. To their mentality, if you are a Tory, you are no longer Scottish. Such is the divisiveness and bitterness of their worldview.
Perhaps Nicola Sturgeon is increasingly aware of all of this? Perhaps this is why she’s desperately trying to put her indyref2 genie back into its bottle? The Telegraph is reporting Sturgeon pretending that GE17 isn’t about her unwanted separation referendum. But she won’t be fooling Scots anymore. Salmond might have pulled off the idea that a ‘no’ voter could vote Nat in elections without voting for separation; but that myth is exposed. If anyone votes SNP in any election, they’re allowing the SNP to use their electoral gains as justification for unwanted indyref pushes. Sturgeon cannot decouple GE17 from her attempt to force yet another separation referendum on Scots.
The SNP relies on the lie that separation is just around the corner, that it is inevitable even. This has led to a frightening (almost Orwellian) level of discipline inside the SNP. Their elected officials are forbidden to even criticise established party policies. Such vice-like grip over party members and elected officials is bound to start unravelling once their grievance machine starts losing.
In many ways the SNP are like a shark, they need to keep moving onto the next victory. This GE is a golden opportunity to sink that momentum, and to push the nationalists into reverse gear. Time to vote Tory, time to deliver a bloody nose to the SNP.