Casting a leery eye across the rest of tale, the promising dirk-and-cloak overtones of how the Sunday Herald acquired this information collapses flatulently with the admission that:
"The material was requested three years ago from the Bush administration using freedom of information laws but has only just been released. It reveals a senior SNP member privately briefed American officials in
about internal SNP splits.” Scotland
Nevertheless, one can amuse oneself by conspiratorialising about why the Americans might have an interest in our local, low-key tumults – and indeed the obvious questions about what our own Secret Services “do” about the Scottish Nationalists.
Starting on the star spangled front, as was shown by the mixed reactions to the declaration of independence in Kosovo in 2008 – frog-mouthed commitments to “self determination” tend to fizzle away to plaintive croaks when some local self-determiners threaten the unity of the whole. Americans are forced here to keep one eye on
Which brings us onto the national question, what are MI5 doing about the SNP? After all, their interests are those of
You can amuse yourself by trying to pick out the perfectly unsuspected mole in the party line up, and recall John Clerk of Penicuik’s comment from his memoirs, respecting Daniel Defoe’s covert role in Edinburgh during the 1706 process which lead to the Acts of Union: “He was a spy among us, but not known as such, otherwise the Mob of Edinburgh would pull him to pieces.” The capital’s crowd is a mite less keen on lynchings these days. In our own times, Captain Porteous would probably avoid his staggering march down the West Bow, and the sharp rope awaiting him. Its still a risky game to play, even without the peril of the noose. Naturally, I’ve no idea who has been slyly on the make and on the take in the SNP, but I’ve no doubt the Secret Services must be up to something, and someone on the inside will be hawking out their aged, compromised wares.