When, in the wake of the EU referendum, the First Minister said of independence, that it was only right to keep "the option on the table", the self-loathing Scots threw their arms in the air and indignantly proclaimed that "She's already been telt naw", and that the SNP "should get on with the day job". More recently, we've had the right wing press, describing those who voted remain, as "whingeing", "unpatriotic Bremoaners", who need to be "silenced".
Now, the UK's Foreign Secretary, has described widespread disquiet, over the election of demagogue, Donald Trump as US President, as a "collective whinge-o-rama". Any of us, who truly value democracy, should be seriously alarmed, when the right are calling for those who oppose them, to be suppressed.
Whilst those on the losing side, have to respect the result of the EU referendum, and of the US presidential election, we most certainly don't have to like it. Nor, should we abandon a cause, just because we've suffered a setback. Quite the reverse. In the face of rising, right wing populism, it is more important than ever, that those who oppose it, are productive, persuasive, potent, and above all, heard.