One of my favourite political blogs is Wings Over Scotland. There are probably few issues on which we would agree; in particular we have diametrically opposed views on Scottish independence. It was therefore quite shocking to read this:
But the conduct of the Scottish Government over the last couple of years has become so deeply frightening, so intolerant and authoritarian, so full of arrogant hubris (with worrying side orders of operational incompetence and increasingly open corruption), that our blood runs cold at the thought of what it might do with more power. And the shamefully, disgracefully, farcically pathetic state of all three main opposition parties offers no credible hope of checks or balances, let alone alternatives.
As a matter of principle, independence remains uncontestable. But as a matter of real-world here-and-now practicality, it is becoming harder and harder to advocate, and we cannot begin to express how painfully that breaks our heart.
This painful admission comes at the end of a lengthy post about Scotland’s proposed illiberal Hate Crime and Public Order Act and how, under its terms, the author J K Rowling could face a potential jail sentence of 7 years for her recent comments on the reality of sex.