John Swinney's caution over Royal Mail was undone in a moment after his boss promised to renationalise it without giving any indication how it would be done
|Scooped by Peter A Bell|
It seems perfectly natural that a British nationalist reactionary like Poor Old Cochers would be totally bemused and befuddled by the concept of political principle. That a politician should commit to a policy because it is right rather than politically or economically expedient is, quite simply, inconceivable and incomprehensible to someone so totally mired in the politics of the British state.
There is no question that a commitment to renationalise mail services in Scotland is bold. Good! It is time somebody reaffirmed that political will has a place in our democracy. If it doesn't, if all is determined by the vagaries of the market and/or the self-serving machinations of ruling elites, then surely this is not democracy at all.
While dinosaurs such as Cochrane scoff and sneer, the less blinkered and hidebound amongst us will applaud a politician who is prepared to say that we will do something, not because it is profitable or politically advantageous, but because it is what is best for the country. And, far from incidentally, it is what the people want.
I long to live in a nation where this matters. And that's why I'll be voting Yes.