The United Kingdom government has no God-given right to assume it will inherit every nation automatically at every general election. Scotland in Union be advised.
Once you accept that maxim and hold rigidly to unionism right or wrong, you have no option but to seek out ways for the demonization of official enemies. To the right and left there is only one enemy in Scotland, the SNP. Ergo, those who vote for them or support their policies are to be side-lined or disenfranchised – a vast proportion of the electorate.
Organised Mafia families are legalised these days. The Tories hand the DUP in Northern Ireland a bung of £2 billion so long as the DUP protect the Tories from attack by adversaries, and subsequent loss of power over its territory and businesses therein.
The unholy fat keeping a tight hold of the fat of the land.
Chief among the bogus ‘grass roots’ crop of fabricators and slackers is Scotland in Union, (SiU) a self-styled counter intelligence unit. They are secretive in that they hide what they plan and conspire to do. Bogus, because ‘Union’ has absolutely nothing to do with unity, civil rights or the spread of wealth. It exists to halt progress.
This is a group of people planning to keep power and wealth in the fewest hands. These are individuals the lazy press call ‘an expert’, or ‘an academic’. The press rarely like upsetting them. When was the last time you saw criticism of JK Rowling’s politics?
Never mind the quality, feel the width
In short, it’s a con, a scam, a group of rich folks determined to keep us poor folks in our place. Many are right-wing; some are left-wing, all happy to stand together, extremists.
They get their henchmen chosen for interview by lazy television and radio researchers. They organise fake letters and distribute them to national and local newspapers.
The content of their letters is artificially concocted to make it seem from the pen of an individual of no fixed political party. They infect the independence debate with lies and half-baked statistics. They exchange congratulatory messages praising each other for the number of letters published.
Sending written concoctions to newspapers has the effect of giving our darling media the impression there is a groundswell of opposition to SNP policies.
The alert public nickname SiU the ‘Green Ink’ gang, an affectionate newspaper term for eccentric letter writers, but that’s far too nice. They’re an organised press gang. They’re determined to harness the democratic process and divert it to their ends. These are the same people who rush to condemn the SNP for allegedly muzzling the press if the SNP criticise sloppy newspaper reporting.
A fraudulent organisation
Their aim is reactionary and regressive – to keep Scotland in the 19th century, wedded to a belligerent, xenophobic, neo-liberal ideology; society moulded to their advantage, a two party system. And while they’re back slapping, imbibing the latest Beaujolais, they make a few lucrative deals between each other, they’re businessmen, after all, it’s what they do. Everybody’s a winner.
To service its black propaganda SiU needs a lot of dosh; voluntary work demands high remuneration in the higher echelons of society, advertising is expensive. The organisers pay each other. Among their assorted fund raising ploys are auctions for private safari lodges in Kenya and Botswana, and for polo festivals in India. This has all the stench of empire loyalists at work.
SiU’s agenda is uncomplicated: it aims to inculcate us with the notion every positive thing Scotland has achieved it got by association with England. There’s the colonial mentality again. Their mantra is the Union made Scotland. You don’t need a Ph.D. in Scottish history to know this is bullshit. For a start, they stole Scotland’s oil to subsidise England.
Of course, those same people are more than happy to exploit Scotland’s political outlook: free prescriptions, a subsidised NHS, free education, those sort things. Scotland in Union is a one-way street.
It’s the Mafia, stupid
Watching SiU antics I am reminded of my ancestral background – the Mafia. (I am half-Sicilian.) The SiU are going to protect us from SNP policies and self-determination if we pay them money. To get it they warn dire things will happen if we don’t pay up.
The Mafia are terrific at intimidation but truly incompetent at administration. They maintain order by surrounding you with their informers who keep an eye on you. We are reminded of Al Capone trapped not by instructing slayings or his boot legging activities, but by his tame accountant keeping a book of the names of all the mayors, politicians, and police officers he bribed. (One of the founders of SiU is a former senior police officer.) The coincidences get greater the more you compare activity.
The SiU woke up one morning to discover their list of names who have given donations or who might give a donation sent by a disgruntled employee to the Internet sites Wings Over Scotland, that published it, and Bella Caledonia that did not.
The list reads like a Who’s Who of Scottish entitlement, aristocracy, landowners, corporate CEO’s, retired academics, members of the forces, Uncle Tom Cobley and all.
Any negative you want, you got it!
One member of SiU, interviewed on television for his ‘considered’ thoughts on Scotland’s health service, is retired Professor Hugh Pennington. Among many risible tweets, Pennington wrote is “London taxis subsidise Scotland”. And in another, “Salmond, when we lose BBC Scotland we lose their orchestras.” Let’s look at that slur closely.
Formerly a member of BBC Scotland Trust, (he opposed an international news slot) Pennington should know better. There is no indication BBC Scotland will decamp south on the advent of independence. BBC’s Charter makes mandatory that it serves Scotland. As things stand, it is in competition with STV, and a plethora of terrestrial broadcasters.
With more broadcasters Scotland’s musicians being what they are, bolshie freelancers, will have more work opportunities. Only the daftest diehard Unionist euphonium player will sell his home, pack his bags, and take his family and mistress south.
‘Serving’ Scotland – on a plate
In an off-hand casual expression of distaste for voters, the smug professor boasts he ‘has served Scotland well’, a reference to the 2014 plebiscite. Pass the spittoon.
The issue is, when Pennington is interviewed the interrogator does not make plain Pennington’s political loyalties. He is introduced as a neutral ‘expert’. The SNP supporter in the discussion will be pointed out top of the interview – a person biased.
He will never explain that if BBC ever closed down in Scotland it would still serve the same programmes for us as it does now, but without Scottish news full of metro-centric propaganda, and perhaps a weather map north of Newastle.
When thieves fall out
There is always a wise guy in the mafia ‘family’ who has ideas above his station. He wants a piece of a territory for his own back pocket. He forms a splinter group. In SiU’s case there is a ‘Unity UK’ group and the hilariously misnamed ‘These Islands’, a group of gung-ho, right-wing Christian academics wearing Donald’s Trump’s boxer shorts scored with – ‘Make
America Britain Great Again’.
Chief zealot is an Oxford University academic approaching the day he will have to face his God. He is Professor Nigel Biggar, regis professor of moral and pastoral theology. He writes on his pet project “Ethics and the Empire”.
His racist opinions – no more than unproven hypotheses and conjecture – amount to: the British Empire wasn’t all bad. That has to include slavery. He might as well opine Hitler was not the Devil incarnate. He liked dogs. His revisionist twaddle has angered fellow academics, fifty of whom signed an open letter condemning his 19th century ideology.
Flying by the seat of their pants
So there you have it, cabals within a secret society, within the pillars of community faking letters of protest, and few marked out as dishonourable lying sons of bitches by our shabby right-wing press. They use subterfuge to carry-out their work; deception and fabrication are their tools-in-trade. However, failure to be open and honest has consequences.
The scrubbed clean, smiley-faced Scotland in Union is in serious trouble. The published list of ‘subscribers’ to their wee heist of a nation is in breach of the Data Protection Act. If fined their membership won’t be happy to see their charity thus misused. They’d better have a placeman on that DPA committee. Gang splits are the least of their worries.
The morally bankrupt.
SiU works hand-in-hand with the press and media. Subordination to their prevailing orthodoxy has consequences. The not-so-tacit message is, any lie, any ruse, any falsehood is a means to an end, and the end is to rob the voter of an open and honest debate.
In accord with the journalistic principle of Scotland’s lickspittle craven press core, “objectivity” means not reporting accurately what the powerful do and say, or how they spend their ill-gotten gains. Our press is subordinate to wealth and power.
SiU and its tame press wage war on the democratic system. They should understand the gravity of their deceit. They’re no better than a Mafia gang using threats and blackmail to grab territory and divide the spoils.
Scotland in Union is an attempt to give greed moral justification by wrapping it up in British patriotism. It remains resolutely self-serving selfishness, nothing more.