And what was the SNP conference all about for me? Well, there were the two fringe meetings arranged by the ‘SNP friends of Palestine’ and there was Nicola Sturgeon’s opening speech, the reminder that there is a lot of uninformed blah-blah-blah in the world of politics, even if the “wha’s like us” mob can still be tempered by the sensible realpolitik which appeared to dicate the party leader’s opening and closing speeches.
Get allies in the House of Commons and elsewhere to prevent a hard Brexit taking place and, if this strategy ultimately proves unsuccessful, then there will be ‘Indyref2’. In other words a pragmatic gaining of brownie points in the world of politics, accruing more and more devolved powers and, should the Brexit not produce a viable modus vivendi, the “wha’s like us” mob can flood the polling booths.
More importantly, of course, the hard Brexit will give supporters of independence the opportunity to sway those who are still sitting on the fence and all the more so once the implications of losing access to the free market become obvious. There might even be those who would argue that this morning Mrs Sturgeon and the SNP are in a win-win situation. If a week is a long time in politics, then the next few months are going to be particularly interesting.