The Most Annoying Person in Britain has made a public statement. It was only partially annoying. In it, she stated that, while remaining quite annoying most of the time, she will not be looking to be particularly annoying about seeking a Scottish independence referendum until after the UK leaves the EU. We will only be partially annoyed by her for the next two years.
She did this because a lot of people took their annoyance with her into the polling booth and, annoyingly for her, voted for parties that campaigned on being not annoying at all. The result was that the party led by this annoying person lost 21 seats at Westminster. But this is not the first time that this annoying person has lost votes for being persistently annoying.
At last year’s Holyrood elections, voters were annoyed enough to strip the party led by this annoying person of its majority. So further annoyance is only guaranteed by the support of the Green Party who are marginally less annoying themselves.
Consider this, dear reader. The basis for the Annoying Person’s bid for independence is economic self-sufficiency due to North Sea oil reserves. Annoying facts that the price of oil means that this is impossible are ignored. However, the Scottish Government can only pass its most annoying legislation by being in cahoots with a party that opposes the extraction and use of oil, as they find this quite annoying. In fact, without its structural annoyance at the burning of hydrocarbons for energy, the Green Party is pretty meaningless. People annoyed by the confidence and supply agreement between the Conservatives and a DUP whose values conflict with modern Toryism, should be aghast at the blatantly hypocritical link-up in Holyrood. But perhaps they are more annoyed by the persistence of a Conservative government in Westminster.
With regard to forcing an independence vote, the Scottish Greens have even pledged that this is not their policy. They are practising an annoying form of political opportunism. What they get out of the deal is not clear apart from annoyance by proxy. Any vote in the Scottish Parliament on calling a referendum is not binding. Only Westminster can pass a law to do that. It is unlikely that the Conservative and Unionist Party will be doing this any time soon, especially as the votes for unionist parties increased in the general election. This probably annoys the Annoying Person.
What should be annoying for the people of Scotland is the persistence of this monomania by this Annoying Person and her party. They were elected to govern. To govern is to choose, and they have chosen to annoy all those concerned about a fresh independence referendum instead governing properly. However, the Annoying Person is beginning to realise how annoying she actually is to the voters of Scotland. If she is annoyed by this discovery, she hides it rather well.