Perhaps it’s the absence of any oppression of their own country that compels Scottish nationalists to latch onto the oppression of others. On Monday, Michelle Thomson, an SNP MSP, retweeted news of Ukraine’s emergency application for EU membership, adding: ‘Delighted for Ukraine. It’s [sic] just goes to show what political will can achieve. Remember this Scotland!’ The SNP’s current position is for Scotland to secede from the UK then apply for membership of the EU, a process nationalists have previously suggested Brussels would fast-track.
Thomson came in for a barrage of criticism and later deleted the tweet, admitting it was ‘insensitive’. She is taking all the flack but she’s hardly alone in dabbling in such rhetoric. Mike Russell, president of the SNP, blogged on the party’s website that ‘the right of people to choose how they are governed and by whom is an absolute and must be universally applied’, adding that ‘just because something was, doesn’t mean it will always continue to be so, whether that be rule from Moscow, or the result of an eight-year-old referendum’.