Things happen in threes, it’s said. Three times in one week I’ve heard the same comment. The first from a friend, an intelligent man, runs his own computer servicing business, the guy you call to locate the virus and install security systems, a staunch independence voter. The second was on an e-mail, the third on a tweet.
My friend said, “It’s all getting too divisive; we voted with the United Kingdom, maybe should accept the result of Brexit.”
Whatever he said next, I didn’t hear it. I rolled his words over and over in my mind trying to make sense of them. I knew instinctively what he had said was irrational.
I can just about accept his reckoning if Scotland had elected a Labour government or the Tories had the majority, unionist parties both, but I can’t accept his sentiment while the nation has elected a party entirely dedicated to protect Scotland’s interests.
We are democracy
Why elect a party, give it a healthy mandate to make the decisions we expect them to make, and then withdraw when it meets resistance? Our responsibilities don’t end with a cross on a ballot paper. Losing our nerve when the going gets tough doesn’t say much for our resolve.
Being perceptive, my friend took note of the Tory Party in Scotland shamelessly signing up known neo-Nazis and fascist sympathisers to their colonial cause, and was appalled at the situation. Some phony candidates have taken to camouflage, canvassing under the banner of ‘independent’. If embraced by a political party their twitter account is cleaned up overnight, and the Facebook pages locked from public scrutiny. All is well, time for a photo opportunity with Ruthie, or Kezia, history has been Cillit Banged.
This unexpected development was one aspect of local and national elections that had him wonder if accepting Westminster belligerence will somehow disperse the advance of extremists. Well, no; it will encourage the worst in society to do their worst.
Scotland wants to stay in Europe. We wish fervently to remain Europeans with all the benefits that that bestows. We voted No to full autonomy on the promise we remain Europeans part of the European Union. Brussels doesn’t ‘govern’ the UK or Scotland. That’s the smear spread by British nationalists keen to govern Brussels.
Sell your pith helmet
We are witness to a disgusting right-wing resurgence of England as a colonial power, a last dying fart. Not all English are so disposed, not all see themselves riding the back of a camel like Lawrence of Arabia and telling Arabian tribes how to massacre Turks, or shooting elephant and tiger, just those who have power and those who want power.
Flaky Tory MP Liam Fox, international trade secretary, a man who would have sold his incubator had he the physical ability as a baby to advertise it in the Times, describes glorious England as, “A small island perched on the edge of the European continent that became a leader of world trade.”
Cue Edward Elgar’s ‘Land of Hope and Tory’.
Fox is one of those mini-monsters of politics, a Scot … on the make.
In one sentence he reminds us of English foreign policy made simple: that all other nations are inferior. They should be Anglofied to ensure trade dominance. You see, there it is, the Treaty between Scotland and England rests solely on trade, who prospers by it.
Churchill’s savage legacy
Of Englishmen who dominated the British Empire, preeminent was Winston Churchill. Not often cited is Churchill’s infamous boast of killing “savages” in Sudan. He took part in raids as part of his duties, raids laying waste to whole valleys, destroying houses and burning crops. He bragged that he personally shot at least three “savages”.
As an MP Churchill demanded more conquests based on his belief that “the Aryan stock is bound to triumph”. As for the unfortunate children of savages killed, Churchill felt they would be “glad to include themselves within the gold circle of an ancient Crown”.
His doctor, Lord Moran, opined that Churchill had a way of “judging everybody by the colour of their skin.” A British nationalist from his Cuban cigar to his ugly bulldog, Churchill advocated the troublesome little Kapher “Gandhi be bound and gagged and trampled on by elephants.”
He had his detractors. Churchill’s colleagues thought him antediluvian, not fit for promotion to high office, but he still became Prime Minster, and used his considerable dislike of Johnny Foreigner to beat ‘the Huns’ at their own game. It’s our luck Churchill and Nazism arose at the same time. Churchill knew a creed worse than his own.
In direct decendency, May, Farage, and now Trump, encourage us to be thugs. Their intellect is so rancid flies must think them dead. They fear the truth because to speak it will age them decades.
Peas in a colonial pod
Today’s zealots opposed to Scotland’s constitutional progress embody the same Churchillian disdain of ‘inferior’ nations asserting themselves. Given up offering alternative policies and false choice, they’ve taken to poisoning the waters.
We Scots, we’re told, are so obviously useless at anything, especially governing ourselves Westminster is compelled to rule us. In reality, the attack on our education system and NHS is just a variation of the racist argument. Our children are poorly educated, they aver, and we cannot heal the sick, because we are illiterate savages.
The blitz on liberal sentiment is cloaked in the moronically repeated phrase, ‘divisive politics’. The preposterous line normal political discourse is divisive, that it breaks up families and sets apart loved ones, requires, to put it at its crudest, kicked in the badoolas.
If those people spouting that idiocy were a building they’d be condemned.
But there’s amusement in seeing unionists getting hot under the collar while arguing that only Westminster rule keeps people cool, calm and collected. Westminster rule is often callous, inflammatory, and always reactionary.
To ignore racism is to invite it
If readers still don’t see the struggle as democrat versus colonial they should have been present at UKip’s predicable chaotic launch of their racist manifesto. BBC’s Scots-born Laura Kuenssberg tried to ask a simple, straight-forward question and got silenced by jeers. “Learn to speak English!” she was told in no uncertain terms, and from people who pronounce ‘month’ as mumf.
A prime example of the criminal waste of media airtime is the unspeakably repulsive Katie Hopkins. Bile pours out her like molten lava, synthetic, fired up to shock.
She wrote of Scotland’s First Minister, “the Ginger Dwarf from the North,” and the much liked and admired SNP MP, Mhairi Black needed to learn “some useful life skills, like how to talk, write, or use shampoo.”
Hopkins writes this in the wake of Manchester’s horrendous atrocity:
“22 dead – number rising. Schofield. Don’t you even dare. Do not be a part of the problem. We need a final solution Machester [sic].” [My emphasis].
She lost her job as a broadcaster, (but still employed by the Daily Mail) since uttering that calamitous thought, a phrase Goebbels would have been proud to have coined, and probably did.
(Satire on.) How awful – you can’t call for race or religious extermination these days without someone taking offence! (Satire off.)
The fans she incites are not happy that her soap box is getting smaller, but who cares about those dupes? Hopkins is the same who compared migrants to cockroaches.
Scotland has no control over UK immigration. We are witnessing good people forcibly deported, here in Scotland, industrious and hard working people, people integrated with the community. Do we want to submit to that sort of rule? Where is the justice?
Rather than give in and accept her provincial abuse, wouldn’t it be pleasant to live in an nation where her ferocious stupidity was not a paid job? Hopkins has no attachment to anybody but herself. The talentless, thick end of a spatula, Katie Hopkins of this world won’t go away if we cave in and agree to leave Europe and accept Westminster diktat. Only a fool agrees to be a loser twice.
As I try to demonstrate, attacks on Scotland’s integrity are nothing new. They’ve been part and parcel of colonial propaganda for centuries.
If divisive now, they were divisive then, so what’s the problem? We’re still together as a nation, resistant to subjugation. Let’s build a society where those people can’t function.
Our English friends
Not all English are comfortable sharing a colonial outlook.
There is English reserve to take into account; one may think it, but never say it. And there are genuine internationalists. They talk of justice and freedom as easily as we do, only I’ve a suspicion, only a suspicion, mind, those who live among us probably hold the key to whether or not we get those ideals as our own to nurture. They represent in one group more than the five per cent swing in votes we need to win back our freedoms. I hope their internationalism includes Scotland.
Churchill lived to see stalwarts of the democratic spirit regain their lands – charismatic nationalist leaders such as Kwame Nkrumah, first leader of free Ghana, liberated from the British Empire in March 1957, Aung San in Burma, and Jawarlal Nehru in India.
They used Churchill’s own words and his braggadocio against him, as we will use the insults of today’s divisive racists to bury them and their hostility, once and for all.