Scotland Leased to the Scots

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What differences are there in this image from those in our own society?

Imposing an unequal Treaty on a neighbour nation in which that nation will always be overpowered by the parliamentary votes and self-serving agenda of the dominant nation is normally described as governing a colony. In Scotland’s case, Scotland is leased to the Scots.

The majority of key powers are retained by the UK Parliament which in the main serves England first, colonies second, usually serving them badly. All Scotland’s wealth goes south, a tiny portion sent back in case we starve, in which case we’d be no use to our colonial masters at all. The tragic political dog’s dinner that is Northern Ireland is a case in point, Gibraltar another. Scotland gets short shrift but a bit more attention because it’s joined onto England and shouts a lot. Wales is too close to London to be a threat.

Foreign policy, armaments, avoiding wars, banking, trade deals and treaties, tariffs, broadcasting and cable provision, membership of the United Nations are only a few of the important powers not given to Scotland. By any yardstick that makes us a colony.

The only concessions England made under the Act of Union – and how it must regret it – was taking on all the United Kingdom’s debt in the event of a split. That was the boulder chained to its ankle in return for controlling all financial powers. To compensate they take all Scotland earns and steal Scotland’s oil.

Colonies are not for consulting

Colonies are not considered in the calculation of consequences. Pulling out of Europe on the vote of middle-England racism is a case in point, a pertinent one.

The flitting is potentially lethal to the economies of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, as well as tearing up all the Treaties NI with the Republic, and Gibraltar too. But Theresa May and her empire loyalists plough on regardless.

Only a minority party in NI has been consulted, the DUP, not the NI Assembly. Readers will recall the Tory MP Neil Hamilton receiving brown envelopes from Mohamed al-Fayed who owned Harrods. That was sleaze, but chicken feed to today’s £2 billion promised to the DUP for services rendered, a bribe in any language. The twilight of an empire is a sight to behold.

Our neighbours in the south

Scotland cannot remedy its ills nor progress unless released from the governance of an essentially reckless, corrupt neighbour, now openly antagonistic and repressive.

As Westminster uses Brexit to recover powers it gave to Scotland, and scandals are heaped one upon another, more and more English are realising something is rotten in the state of merry England. Scotland is beginning to understand it cannot resist the worst of English extremism unless it has the powers to halt unwanted incursions.

Unionists like to react to that statement with mock surprise and quite a lot of ridicule. How are you oppressed, they ask? This was the British question put to Gandhi and his India. Imperialists always see themselves as benign, bringing civilisation to the natives who really ought to be grateful.

The colonial assumes the natives are inferior. In India’s case, they argued without imperialist England, India would fall into anarchy ruled by corrupt maharajahs. And indeed, that’s exemplifies the essential attitude unionist against pro-independence supporters. Without England we collapse into anarchy and poverty.

English presence, aided by Scots in their employment or merchants trading with India, ensured famine was rife, poverty accepted as part of the natural order of things, and the quelling of mass protest silenced by rifle fire. All India’s resources, gold and jewels too, (see Queen Elizabeth’s crown) went to England, the usual one-way journey.

Juggling with globalisation

At this point, I should touch on the current global economy, relevant to the topic. Globalisation has been with us a very long time. It’s not a new concept, not as I understand it. If we interpret globalisation to mean international integration, it began long before somebody used coinage to create capitalism.

When you look at it, silk roads dating back to the pre-Christian times were an extensive form of globalization. Marco Polo opening up China to the west and a huge trading market, mostly in one direction, the west, was globalisation.

China is doing that today, dominating western industry’s profit margins, and owning billions of the west’s debts, keeping us tied to their friendship no matter what we dislike about their lack of civil rights.

Globalisation allows you to create products that sell in the biggest market in the world, China, and you manufacture them in China at cheap labour rates so that you can sell the same products in the west at great profit. That too, is a kind of colonialism.

“All for ourselves, nothing for other people.” Adam Smith

The rise of industrial state capitalism has changed the scale and character of globalization, and in its turn the relationship England with Scotland.

It is fair to argue that before 1945, the advanced capitalist countries practised a kind of open imperialism. They colonized weaker countries. They did it by strength of navy, army and financial muscle.

They legitimised oppression by imposing unequal treaties on them. By any analysis this is creating a colony – they occupied parts of territories through “leasing,” deprived them of the right to set taxes, tariffs, or negotiate with other nations. Does that sound familiar?

Since 1945 we have seen a strong worldwide reaction against colonisation with the advent of nation states, well over a hundred, some by peaceful means, the ballot box, and some by rebellion, armed insurrection.

I believe Scotland’s political awakening in the late twentieth century is a manifestation of the desire to remove control of our nation’s rights and destiny from the people who have profited from globalisation. Together with other nations, particularly Latin American countries sick of American interference in their economies, Catalonia too in its own way, we’ve seen the emergence of a global revolt that rejects naked imperialism. 

The disaster upon us

Unfortunately, what are seeing now in England’s callous dumping of European unity is a rollback of the sovereignty that the post-colonial countries enjoyed. Scotland has yet to enjoy a post-colonial existence.

Our lives are shaped and dictated by multi-national corporations, organisations that used to be self-contained but that now hold great economic power. They see themselves as above the law and natural justice. They move their money around continents and pay next to no tax. This is an unprecedented extension of corporate power.

Scotland sees major corporations driving government policy – big business telling the Scottish population not to vote for self-governance but to bow to their bought and paid for puppets, the Tory and Labour party who pander to their interests, many of whom retire onto their board of directors.

Good? It’s nearly all bad

We see the terrible effects of neo-liberal economics – the emphasis on individuality and the creed of me-first rather than collective identity. The ill and vulnerable are told to work, then see shrinkage of the welfare state remove their lifebelt to avoid the poverty trap. Those in work are told their job stacking shelves or as a bank teller is redundant so go switch mid-life to investment banking or computer software expertise.

Unless we take our nation’s destiny into our hands and our place in the United Nations too long delayed, unless we take control of the mechanisms that redistribute wealth, we remain the loser who is never compensated. We will pay dearly for leasing our own land.

Daniel Defoe said, “In this Union here there are Lands and People added to the English empire.” He knew what he was talking about, a statement fit for ‘The Infamous Ledger’.

NOTES: Further reading:

The scale of this new globalized world is revealed in the 2013 ‘World Investment Report’ of the United Nations Commission on Trade and Development. 80 percent of global trade is run by transnational corporations, accounting for only 20 percent of jobs worldwide.

“The Infamous Ledger” here: https://wp.me/p4fd9j-iY

 

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20 Responses to Scotland Leased to the Scots

  1. daibhidhdeux says:

    Pagan greetings to you during the incoming cultic death fest of a man who, if he existed, was a guid and kind man thereafter hijacked by power hungry opportunists.

    Greetings, again, from Japan, and may your licht help to light our way towards the repatriation of our popular sovereignty in its true sense.

    Slainte

  2. I can only echo Daibhidh’s greeting to you, Gb. This is a fine essay to round off an excellent year’s work.

    It certainly took me a couple of years thought and reading to cleanse my mind fully of ‘British’ thought processes but stepping back and looking at the broad spectrum confirms everything about the malignancy of the ‘British Empire’, of which Scotland was the truly enabling early colony. It’s hard to to feel intense anger at what followed the 1707 Anschluss and the fact that so many people including my own ancestors became willing components of that infernal machine.

    Now, as we look upon what is probably the death spasms of that dreadful construct, I feel utter vindication for the satisfaction I am going to take in the final collapse of the UK. Even though in earlier, less enlightened years, I took some misguided pride in for example the UK’s armed forces, there was always that worm of uncertainty about things and yes, a sense that we were just viewed as another colony.

    It took moving to the SE of England into the heart of Little England and being referred to as a “porridge wog” to chip away, gently at first, my false perceptions of the nature of the union.

    I knew of Scotland’s past and the excuses given for the “union” but had carried on somewhat grudgingly in that meek acceptance that is gripped onto with religious fanaticism by the hardcore Scottish Unionist. I just got on with life with this in the background until 2011/12 when the plans for indyref 1 became common knowledge. A rapid and painful education into how much I had been duped and exploited followed.

    This in turn led to a wider awareness of how the same dark forces were in play all over the world. That knowledge can lead to dark and dispiriting places, but by the same token, that same knowledge puts Scotland’s own plight in a wider perspective.

    Viewing events in Catalonia, Venezuela and Bolivia for example, it becomes clear that Scots in fact just one front in what essentially is a World War in which small nations ad their people are attempting to break free from the shackles of big colonial powers and the corporate financial and industrial interests that drive those powers mechanisms of state.

    Whether we as individuals really want to or not, we are genuinely and actually involved in the creation of future history.

  3. Grouse Beater says:

    I’ve read of the phrase ‘porridge wog’ but never heard it spoken. Did that really happen to you?

    And yes, at last we can shape our own future, at least enough to resist damaging neo-liberal attacks on our society.

  4. xsticks says:

    Your ruined eyesight and flat arse is our gain as readers. Always enjoy your thoughtful and thought-provoking articles. Thanks for your efforts GB they are much appreciated by your readers. Like you I hate the whole (very English) Christmas thing. The only up side is (usually) getting some quality time with family which makes it worthwhile. I hope you get together with your family and have a lovely holiday with them.
    I think 2018 may be a bit of a roller-coaster and you may find your eyesight deteriorating further and your arse getting flatter. I can sympathise with both!

  5. Grouse Beater says:

    Many thanks, XSticks. Always good to see friends pop by these chaotic days.

    I trust life will be kind to you this coming year. Call me hopelessly optimistic, but I’m looking forward to spring and what it will bring.

  6. xsticks says:

    I too am looking forward to 2018. I flip-flop between optimism and despair at the moment as it is all *so* chaotic. That said I don’t doubt that this mess will bring us a real chance for independence where our coloniser won’t have the same powers to undermine our arguments.

  7. diabloandco says:

    Thanks for that – like Xsticks I flip flop twixt melancholy and hope.

    Merry Christmas , may it surprise you !

  8. Grouse Beater says:

    Optimism and despair – aye, and mad dog unionists aver Westminster has no bad effects of the nation’s psyche!

  9. Andrew Crow says:

    Nice summary of the rump of empire.

    The US is going the same way, cracking round the periphery and rotten at its core. It will take several generations to unwind, but unwind it will; slowly and painfully and bloodily as the British Empire before it.

    Time is ripe for another Scottish led enlightenment, based as before on rational economics. We are seeing already that even within the constraints of Westminster’s financial strictures we can do better in providing health, education and elderly care than the pernicious regime to our south.

    Regimes (plural) I should say because there’s a strong neoliberal strain in EU politics as the power brokers seek to undermine any social advantages that should flow from the wider ‘league’ of nations.

    Re Christmas: As Kipling didn’t say
    “If you can ignore the blandishments of the retailers and keep your credit score intact
    Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And – which is more – You’ll be a man my son…

    And hopefully with plump enough buttocks to withstand another year’s scribblings 🙂

  10. Grouse Beater says:

    A good, entertaining read, Andrew. And welcome. Good tidings to you and your family, sir. 🙂

  11. Macart says:

    Neatly done once again Grouse.

    As for how we are oppressed? I think you’ve nailed it rather well. The democratic deficit.

    A national population, which so long as it remains in political union, is required (forced) to accept legislation which has not been specifically crafted to suit the needs, wishes or aspirations of said population. Our votes however, are used to validate the actions of a central government it didn’t vote for, rarely affects and is dismissive of our own mandate regardless. Actions which include illegal wars, repressive legislation against the poor, the disabled, the disenfranchised and which also include the underwriting of the very worst excesses of the patronage system.

    This same system DEMANDS (doesn’t earn or wish to earn) our loyalty, our taxes, our resources and our unquestioning compliance. I’d say that’s fairly oppressive.

    It’s also loooong past its sell by date.

  12. Grouse Beater says:

    Ta, Macart.

    We’re still here still ploughing on, the Clydesdale of our economy pulling hard, the furrow wider and deeper, seeds scattered a thousand to a drill. Unionist weeds change by the day but not their poisonous barbs, none able to put down roots and … enough of these agricultural metaphors!

    Have a relaxing festive break, Macart. 🙂

  13. Macart says:

    Will do and all the very best of the season to you and yours Grouse.

  14. You have helped me understand and reinforce my mangled up feelings about this hellish union. I am sure I am not alone in saying thanks and appreciation to you. All the best looking forward to 2018.

  15. daibhidhdeux says:

    Another cracking article along with some cracking btl comments. All much appreciated in and of themselves as well as an antidote to the constant dismal drivel of the British state’s propagandists.

    Forward in the New Year and hope everyone survives the narcissistic money fest that is Xmas.

    Slainte

  16. Grouse Beater says:

    CapinHand – You’re very welcome. 🙂

  17. Daibhidh; one advantage I have in being divorced with no family is that I can completely by-pass the Festival of Capitalism and all the attendant crap.
    I shall celebrate a private old school northern Yule, free from Jude’s-Christian/Capitalist bunkum and excess!

    Have a good time, all, whichever way you play it!

  18. daibhidhdeux says:

    Snap, Max. Thanks Grouse. Have a ball one and all.

  19. Nothing is more important than Freedom. It’s the first premise of humanity.Better die in poverty than being anaesthetised in material comforts. We have one chance at this.

  20. hettyforindy says:

    Great to read your articles Grouse, thank you. It is very hard to keep positive, but today, as I walked through Edinburgh centre, I thought, wow, I do love Scotland! Hate injustice, and the Britnats are pushing Scotland too far with their power grab. So let’s just see what happens in the new year.

    I am not a fan of Xmas at all either, so can understand your dislike of it. The solstice, and Hogmanay, more important days for me. (I usually make Solstice cards, this year, Hogmanay cards). Having said that, I read in a book that I picked up, that Scotland’s new year used to start in March but the Britnat English overlords changed it to Jan 1st, 100 years before it changed to that date in England!

    See you in 2018, happy Soltice and Hogmanay when it arrives, all.

    Saor Alba!

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