I WAS somewhat puzzled to read in Bill Jamieson’s account of a recent independence referendum debate staged by the Edinburgh University Business School that some members of the audience were “unhappy” about SNP MSP John Mason’s claim that even in the event of a No vote in September the SNP would “fight on” (Perspective, 3 April).
But what other answer did the audience seriously expect John Mason or any other SNP member to give to such a profoundly silly question?
They would be well advised to bear in mind that this year the SNP celebrates its 80th birthday, and throughout that lengthy history it has had many previous electoral setbacks to overcome, but has never reneged on its determination to “fight on” in a democratic and non-violent manner at least until the independence of our country is achieved.
They would also do well to contemplate the political reality that on the morning after a No vote Alex Salmond, the current SNP leader, will still be Scotland’s First Minister as his term of office is not due to be completed until May, 2016, the SNP will still enjoy a parliamentary majority at Holyrood, and across the country as a whole the SNP will still have a larger number of elected councillors than any other single political party.
Those Unionists who have persuaded themselves that a No vote will mean the end of Alex Salmond and the SNP are living in cloud cuckoo land.