by Allan Grogan
Thomas Carlyle once wrote that “the greatest of faults… is to be conscious of none”.
I am often reminded of this as I see the Scottish Government attempt to be all things to all people, while rarely stating the hand they wish to play.
Nowhere is this more evident than in their position on fracking as a viable energy source for Scotland.
Throughout the referendum, the Yes movement attracted people from a plethora of movements, parties, and political campaigns—nationalists, socialists, and environmentalists joined forces with campaigns to bin the Bedroom Tax, ban the bomb and many more, including the campaign to outlaw fracking of shale gas and coal bed methane.
Since last September, the SNP have been keen to be seen to maintain support for these progressive causes, but do so at the least amount of political expense.