Our 2015 stroke of luck was reversed and the political map has normalised. That is all. Yet the effect of the apparent electoral shift – which is just an illusion – has caused us to wobble, and it looks, if the navel-gazing on social media is anything to go by, as though our wee independence locomotive has stalled.
Theresa May is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the real loser of this general election. With a slim government majority she called a snap election – one she had promised thrice not to call – in the hope of executing a power grab ahead of the Article 50 negotiations beginning next week.
It’s true. Nothing ever changes because people, assuming nothing ever changes, don’t bother voting – ensuring, ironically, that nothing does ever change. Scotland, no one on either side of the independence debate will argue, desperately needs change.
“Terrorism” is just the word powerful states, engaged in asymmetric wars, use to describe what happens when their victims hit back. Either this or, as the case has been in the most recent attacks in England, the government knows exactly where the terrorists are and what they are up to because it funded them and trained them.
What we have, rather than a Prime Minister who needs to be taken into the care of a secure institution, is a women who is quite clearly out of her depth. She’s not a politician. She is a careerist, perhaps more suited to the basement of some government department, who has found herself – by default – as the head of the British government.
Corbyn won’t take it. Jeremy Corbyn, if he comes within the hair’s width of taking government, will step back and let the Tories continue on rather than make a deal with the SNP that will save lives all over the United Kingdom.
The truth was something far more shocking. The bomber was home-grown in every sense; he was British born, a UK citizen, aided by MI5 to go to Libya as a fighter when he was 16 to fight in an insurgency funded and trained by MI6 and the CIA.
It has been this assumed connection that has empowered Theresa May to upgrade the state’s terror warning level to “critical” – indicating that another terrorist attack is “imminent” – thus allowing her to activate Operation Temperer.