The treatment of Nigel Farage in Edinburgh recently is, in my opinion, a national embarrassment for the Scottish people. They may not realise it but UKIP is currently being supported by at least a quarter of the English people. Yes I know UKIP does not have a council seat north of Harrogate but even in the Labour heartlands a fifth of the population has still voted for UKIP.
This means that Nigel Farage has leapt in a very short time from political nonentity into the mainstream limelight so to physically harrass him on the streets of Edinburgh demonstrates a political naivety bordering on the fascist. This was a deliberate attempt to destroy democratic process and I was amazed that Alex Salmond did not condemn the behaviour.
I despise many of our mainstream politicians because of their lack of candour and lack of support for the general public. I would never however, deny their right to voice their poisonous rhetoric. I therefore have to conclude that shutting Farage up was motivated by fear. Fear that his no nonsense straight talking might just resonate for many of the Scots currently disenfranchised by their two party system!