I’ve just got back from Argyll and I’m catching up with my electronic mail to find I’m under attack by some Unionist nutter who calls me a tribal SNP apologist. It’s a really sneery, hysterical piece as you’d expect from an anti-SNP bam. Oh, hang on. I’m wrong. It’s actually written by the editor of Bella Catetonia, the pseudo intellectual website. So that’ll be Noam McChomsky, then.
Noam is very angry. It seems that in the highbrow world of Bella Intelligentsia nobody is allowed to disagree with Noam. If they do, it turns them into establishment trusties to be denounced. Not just me but anybody who agrees with SNP policy – and I think that’s quite a lot of people – isn’t a supporter but an apologist. We just parrot government news. That means that we all know the SNP is wrong but we haven’t the bottle to speak up. Not like Noam. He’s a supporter/apologist of a different party and will get round to telling us which one. Sometime. Soon. Just not in this sleekit whine. There are many interesting items in Bella Encyclopaedia and I always read them – as soon as I get them back from Google Translate.
Noam has many radical ideas. He wants to win back No voters – essential to winning a referendum – by spray painting Saltires on their door and when they come out shouting at them: ‘Away and live in England, ya Tory bastards.’ I think this will work, don’t you?
In Noam’s world support for the governing party is for pansies. Even if you’ve spent three years regularly challenging SNP decisions, it doesn’t count because he didn’t read them. Even when you explained how Alex Salmond was ready to settle for a deal less than independence, or told how he ignored advice from colleagues on Europe, or you opposed his policy on the pound, wrote how anti poverty plans were inadequate and criticised the glorification of Nicola, it’s not relevant because you’re objections aren’t as good as Noam’s. And he has a better route to achieve independence than the dreary SNP. (See future issues for explanation).
That’s me being unthinking and unquestioning again, stuck at the foot of the ivory tower.
Those of us proud to be foot soldiers in the march to independence and without delusions of grandeur sometimes think Noam is, like his motto, getting above himself. He doesn’t hesitate to tell other sites what they’re getting wrong and who should and shouldn’t be allowed to write for them and having meltdowns. The tortuous business of his dealings with respected James Kelly lost him kudos. (Was he a teacher in another life?)
In my apparently unchallenging way I regard independence as the single most radical idea in British politics, one that scares the establishment witless and we all know, online editors apart, that the SNP is the only way to achieve it. Everything else is distraction. I think it’s a good thing to disagree with each other on ideas and policy but I do just wonder how productive it is to denigrate folk who are on the same side using derogatory and insulting language. (As I am now. Was I to comply and shut up?)
Surely a professor will pop up on Bella to explain how this helps a) solidarity and b) our own argument just head of an election. But that’s just me being boring and conventional again. So here’s a radical idea – Noam could send back all the donations to his crowd funder that came from SNP ‘apologists’.
To sum up, and in the words of Chomsky himself (from Syntactic Structures. 1957) ‘Get tae – ya balloon’by