English politicians are apt to claim England as the greatest country in the world. The USA will disabuse them of that fantasy. The fact is, a wild-eyed narcissist tearing up the US Constitution and trampling on civil rights can blow us all to smithereens in a fit of pique, but that doesn’t trouble Theresa May one bit.
A neighbour nation keen on formulating a new, healthier relationship with England is ignored or ridiculed. Scotland is depicted either minion or leper. London’s parliament works hard at ignoring Scotland, its facile members taking turns to troll Nicola Sturgeon, their way of telling the Scots they’re second-class, not English in the least. Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, cannot attract a grain of respect from Theresa May.
How do you cure people with bipolar pathology? The ability of colonialists to hold two opposing doctrines in their head at once is a perpetual marvel.
Darien time all over again.
Theresa May has little choice but to suck up to Trump. Out of Europe, England is desperate to grab as many new trade routes as it can whilst blocking Scotland from getting to them first. Just as unionists suck up to one-and-one-makes-three multi-millionaire Rowling, so May is obsequious to the rich guy on the block. If she upsets Trump he’s liable to offer support to Scotland’s political ambitions in homage to his Scots mother.
Currently the British establishment is doing all it can to block Scotland’s justified wish to return to international status. It’s Darien time all over again. Any day now May will send a nasty letter to prime minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain threatening all sorts of things unless Spain announces it will stop Scotland’s accession to the European Union- oh wait!
Well, England doesn’t rule the waves these days. Life is far more complicated.
May was Trumped.
Trumped. We need a new word for beaten to the punch. Farage and Gove met Trump before May got her make-up on, bumping gums, pumping handshakes, clinking teeth against whisky glasses. Wrinkled and cuckolded Rupert Murdoch was in the room when Gove kissed Trump’s feet. What a threesome.
May’s only card worth playing was the Queen of Hearts. She invited Trump on a state visit. It will cost millions of pounds. The Speaker of the House, the diminutive, pugnacious John Bercow, a man who needs a stool to stand on if a backbencher isn’t available, said, no, no no! – Trump shall not speak to us. It had not entered his mind, nor May’s, that Trump can barely string together a sentence, let alone ‘speak’.
When it came to the Great Debate on Brexit Bercow and his deputy were at it again – Scotland shall not speak in this house! The SNP were silenced, reminded they don’t count for anything other than a good laugh.
Facing a barrage of criticism, May apologists blamed the “State Visit Committee” for Trump’s invitation, as if May has no power of veto. No such committee exists.
Scotland has waited over 300 years for an invitation to the top table.
The Scots are foreigners
It might not come as a surprise to readers to hear that the US Declaration of Independence – influenced and drafted by Scots – was partly based on the Founders’ grievances against England’s grossly overweight King George III “obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners” and “refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither.”
Brexit deprives Scots of their citizenship of the European Union and the protections we have enjoyed for nearly a quarter of a century:
a. The right of free movement and residence in the EU.
b. Protection from discrimination on grounds of nationality or religion.
c. The right to live in a clean environment.
d. Farming and fishing protection rights.
Under Westminster rule civil rights are lost. That prediction might sound extreme but who can say what rights will be reinstated by the London parliament, or if at all?
The London government promises all the protections on workers’ rights will be translated intact into UK law by the Great Repeal Bill. We laugh and then gulp. If they are not recreated for England they sure as hell will not be offered to Scotland.
And while I am arguing the obvious, why would Westminster’s members lift European laws and reinstate them wholesale? To do that means there was no point in leaving the EU in the first place. Their entire argument for withdrawing was to ‘throw off’ Johnny Foreigner and his trespassing on English prejudices.
The result of less government is less democracy
Tory policy, that is, neo-liberal deregulation and privatisation, is for less government intervention in our lives, leaving daily existence to the level of wild animals, every man for himself. Continual use the word ‘intervention’ is designed to be read as interference.
We elect governments to intervene in a million things, to protect us, and to remedy wrongs.
Millions believe our governments are weak and so they don’t bother to vote. But remove government and your remove the democratic process. Keeping Scotland docile blocks political reform and reduces civil liberties. If there is one nation that won’t be given a say in the resettlement of rights it will be Scotland.
I grow weary of warning unionist friends that they have no idea how brutal is the British establishment when it comes to retaining colonial territory. Do they support those attacks? “We’re not a colonised country” they say. Ask Theresa May why she pretends to consult our government over Europe but ignores the Scottish vote. And please, somebody remind her that the Treaty of Union did not wipe out Scotland’s rights.
The Queen is impartial – NOT
We remember Her Majesty exercising her traditional diplomacy during the independence debate. Officials emphasise she is strictly impartial on political matters when in reality she’s highly practised in political ‘intervention’.
Lizzie just happened to be going to Crathie Kirk at Balmoral two days before the independence vote when she let slip she’d prefer we all gave careful thought to throwing ourselves in the fiery pit – a statement later admitted was the concoction of her advisers.
The British monarchy is an interventionist machine. The Royal family does not exist merely to grace state occasions and charities. Prince Charles is known to spend a lot of his day scribbling opinion and instructions to ministers. Only recently released are once-secret papers showing how the Queen was counselled (then Princess Elizabeth) about preventing the growing influence of Plaid Cymru in Wales.
How to quell Welsh nationalism
Among embargoed documents now released one suggestion was to affiliate Princess Elizabeth to the Urdd as a way of diffusing tensions predicted as the outcome of Welsh nationalism. Urdd is the youth organisation founded in 1922 to protect the Welsh language. The proposal was to make Princess Elizabeth Constable of Caernarvon Castle, to keep the natives content that they are loved.
It’s been a British establishment taming ploy for centuries to append the Royal prefix to institutions that might be competitive with English ones. Thus exists The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, when only The Scottish Orchestra is necessary. Royal was added by an English manager. He did it when support was on the rise for the SNP.
Each time there is a threat to British national unity, a royal figure is rolled out to smooth things over, or a princess is forced to pop another Royal baby to distract us. Conception is enough for an announcement.
Curiously, Her Majesty has nothing to say about the UK Supreme Court aiding English colonial authority. MSPs in the Scottish Parliament “only have legislative competence – the ability to make law – in devolved policy areas. Which is to say, keep building sandcastles. The tide will wash them away twice a day.
Scotland is an annoying province
According to the wafer thin Brexit White Paper, laws over environment, justice, agriculture, et cetera, “will be set here in the UK by democratically elected representatives”. EU powers will clearly not pass by default to the Scottish parliament, but to Westminster. The document says there may be some subsequent devolution of “decision making” to the Scottish parliament, but there is nothing specific. So there you have it; Scotland is a province.
Actually, the Lords of the UK Supreme Court did Scotland a favour. They confirmed what so many of us suspected, that the Scottish Parliament has no rights to guarantee its existence. Westminster can dissolve Holyrood overnight. Claims by unionists we have the ‘most powerful devolved parliament’ in Christendom is so much hogwash.
The history of British-US foreign policy, (Scotland is essentially categorised by the US as a country under English rule) is pretty much defined by the subversion and overthrow of foreign regimes, including parliamentary regimes. Both nations resort to violence to destroy popular organizations that might offer the majority of the population an opportunity to enter the political arena. The British government cannot do that in the UK, but it has a thousand other ways to achieve its objectives.
Right is might
Britain and the US have a long united history of fighting anti-fascist organisations, which is why the rise and general acceptance of English Ukip comes as no surprise. Both governments have a long record committed to the restoration of conservative values and order. Whatever weakens civil rights, or unions, or blocks the threat of radical democracy, is encouraged.
Those policies were pursued worldwide: in Asia, including South Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, Indochina, China, Hong Kong, Gibraltar, the Falklands, and crucially in Europe, including Greece, Italy, France and Germany. In 1976, the Aldo Moro government fell in Italy after revelations the CIA had spent $6 million to support anti-communist candidates.
After Trump, May met President Erdogan of Turkey, another stranger to democracy. He’s already given himself more powers, and extended his terms re-election.
I can hear May having a quiet telephone chat with Trump about intervention in Scotland’s second independence referendum. That chat will cost England a couple of very large green and pleasant pastures for use as golf courses.
A special relationship
The US with the CIA is particularly active in undermining elected governments in Latin America, such as Venezuela, Guatemala, and Bolivia, with the complicity of the London parliament. It was, after all, Margaret Thatcher who welcomed dictator Pinochet as a friend, and a Labour government who set him free.
Trump tried US domination on Australia recently. He phoned the Aussie premier Malcolm Bligh Turnbull (Liberal party) over the resettlement of 1,250 refugees in the US. Trump didn’t want ‘those people.’ Turnbull decided to do what Aussies are good at doing, standing his ground against idiots playing ‘silly buggers’. He was adamant that resettlement of up to 1,250 refugees detained by Australia should be honoured. Trump was heard to take a tantrum. Turnbull is perfectly within his rights to ask that basic conventions be respected.
The power of the monarchy
Sometimes US aggression comes at the behest of UK request. There is evidence of CIA involvement in a virtual coup that overturned the Whitlam Labor government in Australia in 1975, when it was feared that Whitlam might interfere with Washington’s military and intelligence bases in Australia.
Later, Australia failed to rid itself of English colonial power when it lost an independence vote by a small majority. The Queen was a large totem in that affair. You don’t need to be paranoid to worry what May might ask Trump to do in the name of British national unity.
The slogan of May and her extremist Right-wingers is stark and to the point: Scotland, Keep your mouth shut, and sit down!
Well, Scotland, is that what you are going to do? Well, are you?