In Glasgow for the SNP conference and what a broad church the party appears to be. Obviously, my inclination was to drift towards the “friends of Palestine” stand in the exhibition hall, and I did. The socialist group got my attention and I even exchanged a word with a Rangers fan who was showing off the Scottish Cup – and on current form he possibly represents as close as anyone who has an affinity with Rangers is going to get to that particular trophy this year – and I had a little tête–à–tête with the representatives of the anti NATO, anti nuclear war, and anti trident, people.
Still, there was also a little motley crew of Zionists selling themselves as a “peace for everyone in the Middle East” group and when it was pointed out that their prefered two-state solution for historical Palestine was real pie in the sky stuff considering the on the ground reality in an illegally occupied and rapidly disappearing country there wasn’t going to be a lot of discussion apart from a few ridicoulous soundbites such as, “we have to start somewhere”. Yes, we do “have to start somewhere” and how about a proper democracy for all the people in the illegally occupied territories, in Israel within the green line, and compensation and citizenship for all of those people who had their land taken away from then?
However, the bigger politics, in the context of this conference, were happening elsewhere and I took myself off to hear Nicola Sturgeon’s speech and the essence of that is contained in her saying:
“I am determined that Scotland will have the ability to reconsider the question of independence – and to do so before the UK leaves the EU – if that is necessary to protect our country’s interests. So I can confirm today that the Independence Referendum Bill will be published for consultation next week.”
Yes, strange bedfellows on the independence train, perhaps, but it would be nice if it were to soon reach its’ destination and if that were to culminate in a democratic and socialist society that might even be a little bit less susceptible to the Zionist drivel that just seems to be here, there, and everywhere. However, while indepenence increasingly appears more and more likely, that other final hope really does smack of wishful thinking.