What nonsense the politicians have written
about the increase in the SNP poll! Of course, all elections are decided
by protest votes. The votes are not Tory or Labour - they are anti-Tory
or anti-Labour, a form of negative expression.
The fact is that nationalism is the
supreme force of our time, smashing to bits the French, the Dutch and
British Empires — holding at bay the unscrupulous might of the United
Stationers (my own invention) in Vietnam and disrupting (thank heavens!)
the Communist blocks. Scotland could not avoid it!
(13 May 1967)
I am so certain that we will
wake some day soon to find a Scottish Government in operation that I am
planning to set up an opposition.
Revolutionary bodies make
the mistake that a change of regime necessarily implies progress, whereas
history proves that, unless preceded by a psychological revolution, it
merely perpetuates old evils under new names as every intelligent Soviet
citizen knows, but dare not say.
I remember how unfavourable
SNP reactions were when I prophesied that we were going to have a long and
tiring struggle because a whole generation of hopelessly corrupted minds
had to die out. In the thirties a prediction that we would have self-government
in five years was always greeted with cheers at meetings. That may have
been a useful illusion! I am glad it did not come true. We were not ready
One of the slogans which the Scottish
National Party formerly used was, "ANY SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT COULD DO
The more we study the actions of successive United Kingdom Governments
the more we realise the truth of that slogan.
Freedom means that von go to Hell if you want.
Alien rule means that you must.