I have spent the last week away, and inevitably it was a critical week in various affairs that are themes of this blog. I have already blogged a little about the attacks that Russia has been making against Estonia, and I will return to this shortly. Suffice it to say here, that the actions of the Russian Federation are totally unacceptable, but the weakness of the NATO and especially the European Union response opens up the real possibility that both these organisations are now simply a dead letter, with no strength to oppose the burgeoning power of a neo-fascist Russia- a truly terrifying prospect for those who believe in freedom.
Meanwhile I got it wrong over the elections in Scotland- the SNP did better than I expected, and the Liberal Democrats were blind sided. Fantastic candidates like Craig Harrow and Siobhan Mathers did not get elected, while the loyalty and hard work of Nora Radcliffe was drowned in a wall of SNP money, which allowed the detestable Alex Salmond to enter the Scottish Parliament. The United Kingdom is entering new and difficult waters. Naturally the Scottish Liberal Democrats will oppose any attempt to break the Union: we beleive in a federal solution to the constitutional problems created by Labour's asymmetric version of devolution. We oppose the break up of the United Kingdom- and will continue to do so.
So, since the Nats refuse to back down on a disruptive and pointless referendum, the Scottish Liberal Democrats will oppose them. We will join with the other parties to face down the SNP attempt to break the valuable 300-year old Union. In the meantime, the companies that gave millions of Pounds to the SNP: Kwik-Fit and Stagecoach will not be receiving my custom again.
Since South West Trains is a monopoly, it will be hard to bring home to Brian Souter the consequences of his actions, but personally I think a high profile boycott of at least one independentista company might remind the Scottish Oligarchs that their wealth too depends on the continuation of the Union.