Reflecting on the current media reports of infighting among the three pro-Indy parties, I thought there might be lessons from the recent past or from elsewhere for the current crop in Scotland.
I knew, of course, that on the way to Irish independence, only 100 years ago, that pro-independence groups had fought a bloody civil conflict among themselves, putting the Sturgeon/Salmond spat into a bit of perspective.
In Catalonia, there are four pro-independence parties and splits between them have weakened support. Although collectively they won 51% of the vote in the 2021 regional elections, only 53% of the electorate turned out. That’s an obvious lesson for our three – shut-up about Alex Salmond.
In 1905, 99.95% of Norwegian citizens vote to dissolve the ‘union’ with Sweden. The so-called union was, of course, remembered as have been imposed after military defeat in 1814. There were few divisions within the movement or the newspapers, though the leftists were more ready to fight if the Swedes came on heavy. That’s another obvious lesson for our three – shut-up about Alex Salmond.
So, to conclude, shut up about Alex Salmond and concentrate your fire on the enemy.