I DO BELIEVE that the Scottish Government has been infected, penetrated, by a few individuals, more loyal to the UK and probably placed there by forces such as MI5 and the Civil Service heads. That would be a normal thing for them to do, given their task of protecting the UK.
I DO BELIEVE they have done some damage, abetted by the police and the judiciary. The attacks on Salmond, Murray and Campbell, are evidence.
I DO BELIEVE that the First Minister, in the maelstrom of her professional life and perhaps too driven by her understandable commitment to women’s rights and to the rights of other groups such as the trans community, may have been exploited by these forces to enable the attacks.
I DO BELIEVE that the SNP has been infected by careerists, placemen and activists for issues other than the burning need for independence and that this presence could weaken the drive toward the primary goal of independence.
I ACCEPT that my own undying determination to expose BBC bias goes beyond a normal, healthy, commitment, because of my treatment by them in 2014, seeking punishment by my university-employer and damaging my career. I suspect that the recent vengeful attacks on the SNP leadership and strategists, by elements within the wider movement, are driven by the same sense of hurt and the consequent self-centredness with its fondness for blinkers.
I AM CONFIDENT that the SNP and the wider movement are far too strong to be brought down by these infections. The democratic fightback within the NEC and the continuing surge in support for both the SNP and for Yes in the polls, suggest that the Party’s immune system is strong.
I DO BELIEVE there will be a referendum soon, this year or early 2022, and that we will win.