“I intend to do everything that’s within my power to enable that referendum to happen before the end of 2023”— ScotlandTonight (@ScotlandTonight) January 10, 2022
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The clarity of language was becoming more encouraging, but this is a step backwards. "Everything in my power" could be code for just asking for a Section 30 yet again, and helplessly taking no as an answer (while muttering "this is totally unsustainable").https://t.co/CmmvS2d0uV— James Kelly (@JamesKelly) January 10, 2022
Please believe that I want to be wrong about this, but it seems to me the *actual purpose* of talking up a referendum in 2023 is not to get a referendum or independence, but instead to generate an SNP campaign pitch for the 2024 general election.https://t.co/0aVFzHsV5l— James Kelly (@JamesKelly) January 10, 2022
"We all thought it was unsustainable, but the Tories are standing in the way of Scotland's will. Don't let them get away with it, vote SNP!"— James Kelly (@JamesKelly) January 10, 2022
And then rinse and repeat for 2026, 2029 and 2031.
Actually the reverse is true. I'm taking her precisely at face value: "I will do everything within my power to do this" does not mean the same thing as "I will do this, this will be done".— James Kelly (@JamesKelly) January 10, 2022
It's possible that blind loyalty might make you hear something different.