In­de­pen­dently sup­port­ing ‘Si’

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Comment -

THE SNP equiv­a­lent of the In­ter­na­tional Brigade troops back to Glas­gow to­day for the start of the party con­fer­ence af­ter play­ing at guerilla war­fare in Cat­alo­nia. Un­able to win a ref­er­en­dum in Scot­land, as­sorted SNP ‘free­dom fight­ers’ have been sup­port­ing the ‘Si’ cam­paign for Cata­lan sep­a­ra­tion from the rest of Spain. Among them was Tri­cia Mar­wick, set free from the obli­ga­tion of im­par­tial­ity since giv­ing up as Holy­rood Pre­sid­ing Of­fi­cer. She was an ‘in­de­pen­dent in­ter­na­tional ob­server’ in Cat­alo­nia, but a se­nior Tory com­plained: ‘She’s cam­paign­ing for Si, tak­ing part in sit-ins in schools. I’m not sure she un­der­stands the in­de­pen­dent part.’ ONE might think that three days of self-con­grat­u­la­tory SNP pro­pa­ganda with lash­ings of ‘Scots Wha Hae’ would be enough for even the most starry-eyed Na­tion­al­ist. But con­fer­ence del­e­gates will be in­vited to sign up also for the party’s St An­drew’s Dinner in Novem­ber, when it will cost them £69.50 a head to hear their dear leader Nicola Stur­geon speak. Clearly there’s a price to pay for in­de­pen­dence.

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