Westminster’s rich and privileged tell us austerity endured another five years means the poor and the disadvantaged will prosper. They tell us our lives will transform for the better. They have told us that for over 300 years.
Westminster is alarmed. Scotland’s core grievance that it can never take its place in the modern world while under the thumb of the British state gathers adherents and speed.
Westminster’s answer to an unstoppable democratic grass-roots movement is to denounce it on behalf of ‘Greater England.’ It must be crushed.
When will colonials acknowledge Scots can be proud and independent? Only when we are free of Westminster slop. Is the solvent for being born a ‘Brit’ forever to be our blood for English wars, our wealth for English profligacy and corruption, and our silence for a pitiful pouch of bawbees?
What sane person claims Scotland cannot survive unless the vassal of another nation?
The Tory Party now Britain’s Tea Party is intent on producing a diminution of the Welfare state, completing the unfinished work of Thatcher, until we are left with the vestiges of democracy, an unwilling enemy of Europe, basic rights but no more than that, free not to get beaten up in the street, but not the equal of companies and corporations.
Westminster ignores the voice of Scotland. It is so confident these days it doesn’t trouble to hide its disdain. The long standing moral tradition no longer exists wherein an elected politician represents all voters not only those of his own persuasion. We are back to the proto-fascism of Thatcher and Bush when they asked, “Is he one of us?”
How harder and harder it becomes to masters the modern-day equivalent of Australian bolters and bushrangers. They are the metastasis of democracy.
Consumed by power
What is it that so propels those men that they have no empathy for Scotland, a visceral hatred unless it does as its told? I am being asked to vote ill-formed, staunchly anti-democratic, intellectually stunted dullards. I should respect them because they claim they too are passionate about their racist views? Which of us is deluded?
Labour has so few ideological differences with the Tory Party, it’s now the Tory’s natural partner and ally. Both ignore Scotland. The old Liberal party keeps a liar and a cheat in place in Orkney. His English constituency are pleased they protect the corrupt.
We saw the ‘affection’ when Westminster won the Referendum and David Cameron strode over to the microphone outside Downing Street to tell us England not Scotland was his priority. He made fools of two-and-a-half million No voters, not all of us Scots.
We are patronised and we are loathed. We are welcomed only if we do as we are told and vote for the British way of life, whatever that is. But we are not welcomed as leaders of the United Kingdom, “lead us don’t leave us” a leaden joke.
Win by England alone
Right-wing ideologues try their best to revive the old myth of the Englishman’s hereditary right to govern. It is not, they aver, in a Scotsman’s genes, not his disposition, ya know. A Scotsman is born to follow. Scots can mingle with their English overlords, they are just not allowed to assume power. Imperialist Westminster is familiar with the meaning of servitude, Scotland knows it out of bitter experience.
That was yesterday. Today Scotland has its own voice.
You can see the colonialism in even the most open of English newspapers. “Britain needs a new direction” proclaimed the shaky liberalism of the Guardian editorial. The Guardian welcomes the SNP and Scotland’s intellectual revolution now that it is virtually irresistible, unstoppable, the newspaper just cannot bring itself to support anything that acknowledges Scotland is a separate country that should have equal rights and status as England. As far as the Guardian is concerned democracy is strictly a two-party system and a monolithic state.
Loving your kidnapper
Aspiration and resistance. What is the cure for the excruciating grip of Westminster’s power? To Westminster there is only one ‘cure’. Assimilation. Scotland must be cuffed and licked into mirror image.
It does not take long for a Scotsman to love his colonial partner when he makes his career in London or the shires. He fears exclusion from England’s establishment and loss of praise from its minions, so he kowtows, nods in consent when listening to Scotland derided. There are a dozen Scots-born novelists, comedians and actors one could name in an instant who fill that category, who succumb to Westminster’s bribes and authority because that is the side their bread is buttered. They made themselves known during the Referendum debate. They’re hostage to the lore wealth and adulation bring happiness.
In their most sanguine moments our imperial masters hope that throwing us a few sprats of local power will quench our demand for justice.
We like to think we are Jean-Jacque Rousseau’s moral man walking free, exercising free will. In reality we are a people coerced, belittled, deracinated.
Mother of all Parliaments
Defence of the national interest is self-evidently defence of England’s interests. The British state boasts that it defends us from the stain of European cooperation, from the evil of invisible terrorists, from ordinary hard-working eastern Europeans.
The Scottish National Party is on that list, the new criminal cast. Criminally racist Ukip, a phony party falling apart, need hardly attempt to get candidates elected, there are already plenty of closet sympathisers in the House of Commons and the Lords.
We have reached an era when the British state protects itself from a large section of its own population, Scotland. They give up any pretence of democracy. They think we have too much of it.
Last breath of Westminster
Who has not had enough of Westminster’s adoration for inhumane and cruel neo-liberalism, weapons of mass death, illegal wars killing and dispossessing thousands of innocents, its racism, its endemic corruption, worship of royalty, its despicable class system, fat cat expenses and fatter heads, the violence of the rich over the poor, rotten to the core English imperialism, above all, exploitation of Scotland?
Only a masochist welcomes control by hostile authority.