Independence? Oh, er, yes, if you likeThe SNP is working hard to earn the trust of the people of Scotland. And we trust you to decide on independence in a referendum
claims one of the many glossy leaflets which are now beginning to swamp our post with the rest of the junk mail. This SNP puff has a picture of the First Minister in waiting, sitting rather uncomfortably on the edge of a post-modern desk, radiating trust, concern and considerate humility. But the tie could have been better chosen imho
The SNP are certainly not pushing independence in their rain forest productions. Shrewd that. Getting rid of tatty old New Labour is a sure vote winner but breaking up the union is not even if it means redeploying Polaris from Holy Loch to Holy Island so it is being presented as a bit of an afterthought-well after scrapping Council Tax, better health services and more tartan bobbies on the streets of dangerous communities like Eyemouth, Duns, Paxton and Fishwick. And when we have done that how about a bit of Independence? But no hurry. We can still do with tainted English gold.
'Its time for fresh thinking and a new approach' Says Mr Salmond
(And there seems little evidence of either in the new repackaged Scottish Nationalist Party or via the candidates they are promoting in these parts)
So vote for someone else. There's a new approach for you.