I suspect Alex Salmond is quite happy to be attacked by Jim Sillars (again) on referendum strategy. There seems to be an almost universal belief amongst commentators and opponents that Salmond is playing a game with Devo-whatever to hedge his bets and have more gradualist progress to fall back on when the independence referendum is lost. I am not so sure they are right.
I don’t think the SNP leadership lacks confidence that we can win the independence referendum. I think they are just working very hard to occupy the most advantageous terrain in advance of the battle. And Sillars perhaps provides a useful smokescreen. [Read more…]