Independently supporting ‘Si’
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.