In the event of a Yes vote I predict that Scottish Unionist MPs and MSPs will be scrambling for any lifeboat that may take them safely away from the sinking ship that is (was) the Union and to a career in Scotland’s new politics.
We are going to witness a long queue of Unionists wanting to tell us all how they secretly voted Yes but, prior to the actual ballot, had been put under tremendous pressure and bullying from their London bosses to toe the party line.
“I wanted to go public on my support for Yes, but I was prevented from doing so,” will be the excuse.
I suppose that I can recognise this position as I completely accept that virtually every single Unionist politician that presently holds a seat at Westminster and Holyrood is simply a career orientated, self-serving individual. If I make a leap from my personal world view and into their world view, then this position, although very unpalatable, can be understood. Westminster politics is without a sense of responsibility or concern for the problems and injustices of society. This pervades down through the ranks to an individual level. The Mother of Parliaments is an empty house as far as morality is concerned.
The Unionists at Holyrood share the same attitude but are exposed as the 3rd raters they really are because they are up against real politicians in the shape of a powerful group of SNP and Greens MSPs who genuinely want to do a good job for the people of Scotland.
The Unionists will try to articulate how the world of a politician seeking to do the best for their constituents is fraught with party political bureaucracy that prevents freedom of thought and stifles individualism. They will seek to paint a picture of a life that is unpleasant, dominated by a London Political Establishment that rules with a rod of iron. “We are victims!” they will cry.
The general public, will of course, be expected to swallow this, hook, line and sinker.
If you think the Unionists can talk a load of complete rubbish during the campaign, then in the event of a Yes, you can be assured that the verbal creativity will reach hitherto unknown heights. It will go off the bullshit scale.
So I have a small challenge for the Unionists. You can call it an Insurance Policy, or a Get Out of Jail Card, if you like.
I want them to photograph their ballot papers while they are in the booth with the X clearly in evidence, prior to them posting it in the ballot box.
Then if there is a Yes, these same Unionists can produce the image as evidence of their loyalty to the Scottish people.
I can’t guarantee that it will be a meal ticket to a new career, but it will be a first step in their rehabilitation to a real, just, post Westminster Scottish society.