The entire No campaign was conducted in the most heinous, abusive, mendacious, and threatening lines possible, aided and abetted by the British press and media.
That corrupted, monstrous process does not constitute democracy. It’s neo-fascism.
To cap it all, we had Gordon Brown, a man who turned his back on his homeland when prime minister of the UK, indeed, he blocked reform, now a back bencher with no power, who rarely attends parliament, step up on stage and appoint himself ‘Governor General’ of Scotland to pronounce he is fighting for ‘Home Rule.’ Excuse me while I puke.
The vain-glorious tactic is redolent of the man, and emblematic of Westminster’s devious politics. His utterances are repugnant.
Labour betrayed their own voters; their voters gave them the finger. Against their party’s stringest advice, all of them voted Yes, in Glasgow – where most Scots live – the city of Dundee, and even West Dumbartonshire, unconcerned about the scare of job losses in the shadow of Trident.
Shaft the voter
Key proponents of the ‘Shaft the Voter’ campaign are singing hymns in Edinburgh’s Gothic cathedral, The Kirk of Rancid Hypocrisy, listening to sermons about coming together in unity when their entire effort has been to thwart unity in order they retain power.
Already, the three Westminster political parties can not agree on a way of assuaging voter’s anger that they are cheated – half-of-Scotland voted for genuine self-governance, the other half for new, unspecified, vague powers, (more fool they) offered by Westminster in a last-minute panic after months of refusing to offer as much as a lump of road kill.
Salmond gave the people of Scotland the chance of empowerment to take their own decisions and the enlightened took the gift; half decided they would rather have powers imposed upon them, the very opposite of empowerment.
In the end what happened is what we all hoped would not happen – Westminster’s only way of killing democracy and hope was with the voluntary connivance of the Scottish elite. Sure enough, they lined up for preferment: Brown, Darling, Lamont, Carmichael, Murphy, ad nauseam. The quislings stepped forward, caps proffered for reward.
Meagre extension of powers
Whatever ‘powers’ are offered, history warns they will be an extension of power, not new powers. Most assuredly, other existing powers – finance – will be withdrawn in the interest of balance, and to appease England’s politicians. After all, when Cameron’s stepped out of Number 10 Downing Street to talk to the world he made plain the Referendum was not about Scotland’s sovereignty, it was all about England’s place in the world. Scotland, he said, in so many words, must wait its turn until England gathers the greater power.
Cameron’s pronouncement is compounded by Labour’s Jack Straw who advocates a law making illegal any chance of Scotland gaining independence in the future. Well, at least he is honest in expressing his antipathy to democracy.
It was 1707 repeated, right down to the same threats, the same blackmail by wealthy business and land owners, and the lies of dishonest, deceitful lawyers and politicians.
There will be no therapy or healing emanating from St Giles Cathedral this time around. The United Kingdom is well and truly in pieces. All the Queen’s men and all the Queen’s servants cannot glue it together again.
What is left in the wake of the Referendum is fury and greater resolve to achieve justice.