The bigger issue today
and one which will impact on the Referendum, - is the dramatic rise of
UKIP in the European election.
Contrary to expectations, Nigel Farage won an MEP seat in Scotland.
This has embarrassed the SNP and Alex Salmond.
Not so long ago the SDA was happy to have UKIP's support in their
lobbying of Iceland to encourage that small state to remain outside of
the EU. Jim travelled to Reykjavik together with FAL and UKIP
representatives and met together with Iceland contacts to warn of the
dangers of EU control of Iceland's fisheries.
Well, now that connection may be somewhat embarrassing. But truth be
told, UKIP was the only British party to support our plea to free Scots
and Icelanders from the common fisheries policy.
Our question today is how will the rise of UKIP affect the Independence
The opinion of the media persons on BBC last night was that it would
have limited effect.
I think there is a plus and a minus for us.
On the plus side, it is a broadside against the SNP's love affair with
On the negative side I think UKIP voters will be less inclined to vote
But the development has highlighted the pressing need for Independence
outside of the EU.
The SNP would oppose that
But the many and diverse
groups in radical Scotland would strongly support that stand.
In that corner are Jim
Sillars, Elaine C Smith, Patrick Harvie of the Greens, Tommy Sheridan,
Cat Boyd the trade unionist, Leslie Riddoch, John Finney and Jean
Urquhart (the dissident former SNP msp's), Carolle Ralph of Moray SNP and
many many more supporters of Radical Scotland.
We desperately need a 'broad church' umbrella organisation to bring all
these disparate groups together after the Referendum, to oppose
Scotland's membership of the EU. Last night's anti-EU vote in Scotland,
England and across Europe gives us a momentum to build on.
Buchanan noted that those who voted for UKIP in Scotland were most
probably English residents and numerically they were just 3% of the