It seems that the routine of Alex Salmond's 'jolly fat man', everything will be wonderful, Scots can keep the Monarchy has been shown up to be another farce.
Within the SNP, the leadership line is that they are pro the Queen, Salmond has repeatedly said the SNP policy is for 50 years to keep the monarchy in an independent
That is Alex Salmond's official policy, because he doesn't want to rock the boat while
remains within the UK.
Kenny MacAskill is now saying the Queen may not be head of state of an independent
Apparently the Queen would face the prospect of a referendum on retaining the monarchy.
MacAskill is currently the Scottish "Justice Minister", he argues that "it will be for the people of
to decide" on the Queen’s role if they vote to leave the UK.
His comments totally undermine Alex Salmond's official policy that the monarchy would automatically be retained.
Unlike Salmond, the Queen's popularity endures, his popularity is based on popularism and a council tax freeze.
Although, the SNP claim to be pro Monarchy, much of the pro–independence Yes
campaign are republicans.
In the SNP there are differnet types of republicans, one such group is the 'Sein Fein lite' brigade, they aren't Nationalists as far as I am concerned, they just hate the British. While in the party, I would run into these bastards occasionally who are just scum trash mental pygmies with huge chips on their shoulder.
Other types of 'lites' are Salmond's colleagues at the Scottish Parliament who are republicans.
Aileen Campbell, the Scottish Children's Minister, and Fiona Hyslop, the Scottish Culture Minister, and Christine Grahame, Justice Convenor, she wants rid of the Queen because she thinks this will stop inequality.
I challenged that nonsense on the BBC when she spouted that, I said the Queen isn't responsible for inequality, politicians are, apparently that didn't go down too well.
So, given so many groups are anti Monarchy, would a referendum be held?
Dennis Canavan, the Yes Scotland chairman, says
Prince George should
never be King of Scots.
Add to this, the Greens, Scottish Socialists and many SNP members and MSPs have climbed onboard.
With MacAskill letting the 'cat out of the bag', the Scottish Government did some fighting citing the SNP policy of 50 years.
And that "Kenny MacAskill backs that policy totally."
In 2002 the SNP published a draft written constitution for an independent
that included a referendum on the issue.
When looking at what MacAskill said:
"we will inherit the situation we have with the Queen as head of state in the ceremonial capacity that she has."
"But it will be for the people of
decide. If and when that would occur, if they wished to have a referendum, and
we would hope we would become the government post-2016, it will be for whoever
is in office then".
Given there is concern over the personal integrity of Alex Salmond and unpopular Nicola Sturgeon regarding issues of trust, how much weight can be placed on the SNP keeping the Queen?
Jackson Carlaw, the Scottish Tory deputy leader, said:
"You have to wonder whether there is truly anyone in Yes Scotland’s leadership or the SNP, other than the First Minister, who is in tune with the Scottish public’s continuing affection and support for the monarchy. There is surely little doubt that whatever promises and assertions are made before the referendum they would count for nothing if
were to be seduced into voting Yes. This motley alliance, including Kenny
MacAskill, would then be doing all they could to pursue their minority
republican views and it would be tiger whose tail even Alex Salmond would
struggle to hold".
Given the SNP cannot be trusted, given the party is made up of various groups of malcontents, the best way to proceed rather than take the word of Salmond and Sturgeon which is worthless anyway is to vote No to independence.
One thing which would have to happen at the Scottish National Party is a clear out of the various cliques which don't have any Nationalist agenda other than their personal self advancement.
Scottish independence is off!
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