Having read the above article here is what
Dr James Wilkie had to say about it...
Folks, the above article now haas 1,670
comments, most of them apparently sabotage by SNP sources because they
don't like the message that Scotland is not going to get a free into the
My own comment is now in group 39 out of 112, with 5 thumbs up and 5
down. It would be asking too much for you all to search for it, so here
To my great regret I have to agree with van
Rompuy. The SNP position on the EU is absolutely nonsensical from start
to finish. I wish to god that they would shut up on the subject before
they do even more damage to the independence campaign.
I have praised the SNP government for a brilliant performance on
domestic issues, the more so since the party had never in its history
held government office. But the difference between administering a
devolved system and governing an independent state is that the latter
demands a comprehensive knowledge of and expertise in diplomacy and
However successful the SNP has been on domestic issues, it knows less
than nothing about the global dimensions of independence - with "less
than nothing" defined as a heap of misconceptions. The fact that no
other political institution in Scotland is in any better position does
not alter the practical reality. It is the SNP that is in the driving
The SNP policy on the EU has apparently been adopted (dictated?) under
the influence of the so-called European Movement (Euromove), which has
comprehensively brainwashed the SNP leadership. They, in turn, do not
know enough to identify this as a standard diplomatic practice by vested
interests who have good reasons to want oil-rich Scotland kept safely
under external control after formal independence.
As the UK discovered in India and elsewhere, when you control a
country's leadership - and prospective leadership - you control the
country. The SNP should take that lesson to heart and shake off the
pernicious pressure from external interests for whom Scotland's welfare
is very much secondary to their own.
There are now more international organisations than sovereign states,
and we cannot go through this pantomime performance with all of them
individually. In any case, most of them are a good deal more important
to Scotland than the sub-regional association called the European Union,
which despite its unjustified self-awarded title is half the size of all
the other major European institutions.
The EU is no more important than any of the other hundreds of
international institutions that Scotland would have to join, and it has
no special relevance to the independence question. So can we please shut
up about it and hear no more of it until such time as Scotland is
independent and has to consider which of the hundreds of international
organisations it has to join. I venture to suggest that the EU will come
well down that list, with a lot of far more urgent priorities above it.