Can Nicola Twerk?

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Supreme Court Lady Hale’s kind language said, Scotland you were suckered – again!

We wait while England steals our silver

I can’t think of a grimmer start to a new year than the one before us.

Scotland’s First Minister is treated as if Ada Hegerberg, winner of the first World’s Best Female Footballer Award, asked by the ceremony’s host if she could twerk. Ms Hegerberg punished the infantile penis-driven host by doing the right thing, insulted, she walked away. We, on the other hand, twerk to ingratiate ourselves with our dominant ‘partner’, Scotland a nation happy to humiliate itself by indulging in vain, impotent, wan politics.

Brexit isn’t the opera, this week’s humiliation is only the overture. We are in for years of political conflict, deadlock and economic chaos.

If Scotland had voted to reinstate self-governance we would not be facing the years of disaster that a No Deal Brexit will bring, ceaseless pain beloved by xenophobic Tories and wee UKip Englanders dreaming of empire, a fantasy also welcomed by Captain Corbyn who has never liked being part of the EU. So much for international socialism.

We’ve reached the arid stage where we wait to see if enough non-Scots will vote Yes – not by sound argument for progressive democracy but swayed by England’s folly.

The British state will fight viciously to retain control of Scotland’s wealth, every penny, every barrel, every VAT payment. It has already begun. Westminster has enumerated the powers it wishes to take back. It is doing it now. My countrymen lend it a helping hand. We can look forward to a Union Jack slapped on everything and our forehead too.

We are owned.

All this was predicted by the wise and the worldly before we voted on September 2014 if we showed any nervousness, and doubts about our renaissance as a nation state.

One very smart Channel Four correspondent summed up in a single minute’s interview some of the wounds Brexit will inflicted upon us by our caring neighbour. She said this:

“From the very first day of a No Deal Brexit all the basic rules that underpin huge parts of British society will cease to exist, and this will be far reaching and profound, such as, the planes in the sky, our visas, our medicines, our haulage. And if you take that last subject, haulage, it sounds straightforward. We forget that we actually need permission to take British trucks in and out of Europe and if we crashed out we’d be limited to only 3,000 trucks a year which represents only 5% of out current haulage journeys. And we won’t be fine with WTO rules! [World Trade Organisation.] WTO rules are hugely restrictive. The WTO Club is a global club with preset tariffs and preset quotas. Take, for example, cars. We have zero tariffs on cars going into Europe. Under WTO rules it would be 10%. Currently we have zero tariffs on clothes and shoes. Under WTO rules it will be 12%. Some tariffs are much higher. Some beef products attract 90% tariffs. We are only talking about tariffs we are not yet talking about regulations. The point is, we can’t control how Europe treats us if we crash out. Of course, we can offer zero tariffs on goods coming into Britain to make it easier and cheaper for consumers in the supermarkets, but what Brexiteers are not telling us is, that if we bring tariffs down to zero for goods coming in, under WTO rules we would have to apply that unilaterally, and the consequences of that is how are we to strike deals with places such as Australia if we have nothing to bargain?”

Spot the difference

I look at Corbyn and I look at Sturgeon and I wonder if there’s a difference between them for both wait to take a constitutional decision until after Brexit does its worst, a case of let’s see how long the patient survives before we send in Air Ambulance.

They both make pronouncements about defeating the Tories but do the opposite. The SNP allows the Tories the advantage by default. The party refuses to express anger. Labour bangs the Dispatch Box at Westminster and then abstains.

Think about it – why should Labour take power now? Better to leave Theresa May to bring home a toxic No Deal Brexit and only then volunteer for power. Let the electorate suffer. That’ll teach them to vote Labour next time.

Labour – the go it alone party

Labour will not join the SNP to defeat England’s neo-fascism because it is determined Scotland remains a British colony. Like the Tories, Labour knows corrupt authoritarian rule brings benefits. What is Sturgeon thinking she’s achieving offering olive branch after olive branch to the Labour Party when she should be explaining, arguing, pleading to the populace of Scotland to see the benefits of self-governance?

Did Holyrood’s Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh make a genuine or a calculated error? Macintosh wrote an official memo saying the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Scotland) Bill – known as the “continuity bill” – was “not within legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament”. The Bill was passed under emergency procedures with only the Tories and a single Lib Dem MSP voting against it. The Bill was legal, bar a one clause.

The Bill was drafted as an alternative to Westminster’s EU Withdrawal Bill. In other words, the Bill is a mechanism to stop Westminster taking back powers from Scotland.

Somehow, no one at Holyrood thought the Bill would be rendered ineffective after the fact by Westminster. Good grief.

An historic error

Macintosh made an historic error of judgement. His gave UK law officers the opportunity to apply to the Supreme Court to provide “legal certainty” about whether our Bill was valid. That delayed matters while Westminster sneakily drew up its blocking plans. The sleight-of-hand was so easily predicted yet somehow not by the SNP.

What short memories we have of English duplicity. The Irish know better.

England does not play by fair democratic rules. It never has. How many times does a man need robbed blind by the same con artist before he realises something isn’t right with the friendship? How long before Nicola Sturgeon stops being the ingenue and walks away – like Ada Hegerberg?

Sturgeon has been out-maneuvered any number of times by Westminster’s duplicity. I defy anybody, any historian, to give an example in which Scotland managed to take a step forward that was not ultimately diluted, thwarted or over-ruled by Westminster.

We did not elect a Scottish government to save England from itself at our cost. Walk into any Irish pub in Dublin and proclaim to drinkers Scotland will be a nation again, just don’t pause for applause. The laughter will be immediate.

 

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18 Responses to Can Nicola Twerk?

  1. grumpydubai says:

    So true. Even I, a reasonably peace loving person, want to man the barricades. I can understand one should keep one’s powder dry but this is almost too much. I pray that Ms. Sturgeon is about to blow the whistle and that preparations for the campaign are well established but, again, I do not want to see my Country and people made fools of. Let us be an Independent Country by acting like one and confirm the Political Union is OVER.

  2. I’ve honestly had enough of this fucking disrespect and humiliation.
    I want to pick up a rifle and die with some kind of dignity when the time comes…

  3. Grouse Beater says:

    Would Salmond have had us in such a weak position? I doubt it. Something isn’t working at the top when all we do is react and complain.

  4. Alan Drew says:

    One thing distinctly missing from your article is the lack of any clearly laid out alternatives. I feel this could be encapsulated in the question, ‘What should the First Minister of Scotland be doing?’

    The closest thing which answers that question is, “How long before Nicola Sturgeon stops being the ingenue and walks away – like Ada Hegerberg?”

    Please explain exactly what “walking away” means and how Sturgeon could go about doing this. What’s your plan?

  5. crabbitgits says:

    I think it’s time the population get off wur arses and got out on the streets; starting in Holyrood and hope it spreads and fast. Shame the worst of winter’s about to take hold and Xmas is near upon us. Blimey, it ain’t stopping the French. But they have yellow vests to our seemingly yellow backs. The problem with this idea is it’s no good coming from the likes of me and the lack of any voice of note has been severely lacking up till now and it will very soon be too late. If there is no movement from the Scottish Government before WM breaks for Xmas we’re all fooked!

  6. Mebbes we should occupy Holyrood so they get the hint?

  7. Grouse Beater says:

    Reply to Andrew Drew:

    The SNP leadership needs a plan, not me. In any event, I express a generally held frustration that we have been duped so many times and yet fail to convince enough of the electorate national humiliation is not a good thing. Some may not like to hear that, but that’s our history.

    Implied in the article is the view the SNP should not be finding herself double-crossed so often. If you’re saying the SNP can’t help that, then indirectly you’re saying what I’m saying, the first minister and her team are unable to predict outcomes and consequences or protect us from them. And if unable to protect us they should tell us why, and why again and again.

    One of the things a general does is to boost his infantry’s morale by telling them he’s familiar with his enemy’s tactics. He says, we will do this and they will do that, so be forewarned. In demeanour, one has to be aggressive and proactive. We should be in command of our nation’s narrative.

    If you’ve read any of my previous essays you see substantial issues we seem to have dropped in preference to reacting to Brexit most of the time, thus allowing Westminster to dictate the agenda.

    What do I mean by ‘in command of our narrative? I mean anything that tells voters what they should expect in an autonomous nation state called Scotland that will be different from England.

    Confirm a Constitution ready for independence day.
    What limits should we place on power held by governments?
    How many newspapers should a single individual own?
    Should newspaper owners also own TV and radio companies?
    What restrictions should we place on gambling banks?
    What will be our relationship with England in trade?
    What path need laid out now to return to EU member?
    And what do we want and not from EU membership?
    How do we sanction political extremists in our society?
    How best can we decentralise democracy in a small nation?
    Should we have our own postal service and can we set one up?
    How to reiterate over and over again powers needed for a healthy democracy.

    Those are a few subjects to be getting on with to keep an independence debate alive and ‘over 125,000 impatient members’ occupied in report-back groups. Some of us don’t like being treated as second-class UK citizens, always taking it on the chin. In those ways we dictate the narrative. Political opponents are forced to deplete their energies by warding off lots of slings and arrows coming at them at once.

    Now, what’s your plan, or do you feel we don’t need one?

  8. Grouse Beater says:

    That’s a good idea, Max. The plans for the parliament included a vast public space for meetings and rallies – quietly removed as the building got bigger and bigger.

  9. Doug Hepburn says:

    Sadly it appears that far from being the grassroots people power party that is different from the rest, we have become exactly what we sought to change. We are seeing a change from people power to another home for chancers, second rate careerists and frothing mouthed gammons who even BLiS and the Tories wouldn’t entertain.

  10. Great read again GB. Horriific as it is, iis too late now and face it GB, the English do control everything, hold all power, have the whole of the English BBC led media. There’s a good chance Westminster is going to go for a snap UK GE again, or even a second Brexit ref, with the next few weeks. Its more than just likely, if Nicola calls Scots indyref2 before March. Next April Fools day, we bomb out of Europe. That’s when the second historic Scots referendum will be announced. if I was in charge. YES Scots moral is strong, polls are shit hot, Westminster, tories, blue and red, look more and more ghastly by the day. By the end of the summer next year, Project Fear 2 will have nothing, not even the BBC will be able to make Brexit UK look like much at all. Look at how many giant car makers alone are on the verge of going back in to Europe. We really will have a very clear and brilliant choice for Scotland to make, next summer.
    Keep at em GB!

    Heedtracker.

  11. Kangaroo says:

    We know that we are headed for one of three options, remain, Mays deal or no deal. Nothing new in that.
    What else do we know,
    a) the 0.1% drove this agenda as they don’t want to pay tax on their tax haven stash, so they are not going to revoke A50, on the other hand if they do, that is a win
    b) for the same reason they won’t have a people’s vote, too risky they may end up with remain,
    c) we lose the protection of the ECJ on Brexit day, after this date Scotland will be subsumed into Greater England forever, so this is the last possible date for indy
    d) they may get an extension to Brexit day if they go for a GE, but will Corbyn call a “no confidence” let alone will they win one. IMHO it would be nice, but in the end it doesn’t matter because whatever the outcome the EU will not renegotiate, however it would tie up the opposition fighting amongst themselves trying to get re-elected, so I am 60/40 in favour of getting a GE if we can,
    e) the pressure on Westminster will ramp up towards Brexit day,
    f) our troops are ready to go

    So how can we best use this knowledge
    a) push for a no confidence vote, to increase pressure, note that it does not matter whether it is won or lost as it takes the option off the table or keeps them busy, either is a win
    b) call indy for Brexit day, this would mean that when the polls open we would know whether they had revoked A50 or not, knowing they will not want to due to the tax consequences.
    c) if for some reason the EU grants an extension then we simply move indy day to the new Brexit day.

    There is no way of knowing everything before battle commences, to think you can, is naive, nor what Westminster will do in the heat of battle, but we must engage on our terms not theirs. So IMHO this is the best and probably only winning strategy.

  12. Alan Drew says:

    “What do I mean by ‘in command of our narrative? I mean anything that tells voters what they should expect in an autonomous nation state called Scotland that will be different from England.”

    Yep, there’s the problem. No one knows what England will be like next year or the three years afterwards. They stand at a great crossroads in their history… and which route they take will have as large an effect on the consequences for a hypothetically independent Scotland as it does on the already-independent Ireland.

    I can plan a reasonable IndyRef2 campaign if May’s deal has been passed. I could plan a great campaign if no-deal exit happens. And if the UK votes a second time to remain, the possible backlash in England provides fertile ground for a post-2021 IndyRef2. Anyone can!

    What can’t be done is an IndyRef2 campaign which puts all possible outcomes into Schrodinger’s box and guarantees a win. Campaigners on the ground would be forced to explain each possible outcome and Scotland’s response to it in advance – an utterly confusing message which would be exploited by the unionist campaigners. I shudder every time I think of how easily an “If X happens, do A. If Y happens, do B. If Z happens, do C” message could be twisted and conflated by the hostile media and unionist campaigners.

    Can’t just pick one of the possibilities and concentrate on it, because apart from being a colossal gamble, this would incentivise the British establishment to lean heavily towards one of the other options.

    My plan therefore is – and I know it’s terribly unsatisfying – to wait. Allow the UK to exhaust its options, cease to be a member of the EU and irreversibly triggers the IndyRef2 conditions set out in the SNP’s 2016 manifesto.

    I think there will be a no confidence vote in parliament this coming week… and they will survive it. But that means the option of a snap election might be considered eliminated. Then People’s Vote will have its turn. I have no idea whether it’ll succeed(and if so, what the question(s) would be) or fail.

  13. Lanark says:

    I’m starting to think that perhaps the Danes, Norwegians, Icelanders and Irish are not only smarter but are simply just better human beings than us.

    I hope I’m wrong. Maybe it is just darkest before the dawn.

  14. Grouse Beater says:

    “My plan therefore is – and I know it’s terribly unsatisfying – to wait.” Andrew Drew

    Wait for what? What if the circumstances arise but the number are not there?

    How do you define ‘waiting’? Wait for the SNP to discern a majority exists to secure autonomy? If so, what majority will satisfy? And if it is not there or requires exaltation to drive numbers unwards, what should the SNP do to invigorate participation in the process and convince doubters? When is the right time the right time? As far as a lot of supporters can tell, the right time is always out of sight across the hill.

    Those caveats aside, is support increased merely by running an efficient administration?

  15. Alan Drew says:

    I already said what to wait for. “Allow the UK to exhaust its options, cease to be a member of the EU and irreversibly triggers the IndyRef2 conditions set out in the SNP’s 2016 manifesto.”

    That point will pass very soon. Less than a hundred days left.

  16. Grouse Beater says:

    I see. You think the British state will allow a second constitutional referendum without blocking it by some contrived device or encumber it with conditions impossible to overcome – unlike what they did to emasculate the Scottish Withdrawal Bill? I wish I had your faith.

  17. Hugh Wallace says:

    There is always an argument for waiting until the right moment to make your move because moving too soon can lead to failure. I’ve always had some sympathy with the position within the independence movement that we shouldn’t make the move towards another referendum until there are indications that we are more certain to win. Afterall, losing two referendums would set back the cause considerably, maybe by a decade or two.

    However, we are now entering a time when if we wait too long we will never get a chance to win by peaceful, civil means. The British state will fight tooth & nail to keep Scotland and our window of opportunity to secure our freedom peacefully is in danger of being nailed shut for generations. (And I, for one DO NOT wish to see any civil unrest or violence the streets of Scotland.) Yes, if we held a referendum early next year we MAY lose it; if we don’t take the risk I fear we won’t get the chance again & therefore WILL lose.

    Brexit is not a reason for Scottish independence, it is simply an example of why independence is necessary. Scotland voted to remain & our wishes have been shown to be irrelevant. Westminster has shown, via Brexit, that they aren’t even interested in pretending to listen to Scotland’s wishes. Brexit is the mirror to hold up & show the no voters of Scotland the real face of British politics. It doesn’t really matter if Brexit goes ahead or in which form it happens because what really matters in the context of Scottish independence is that our wishes simply do not matter within the UK.

    That is the simple message to convey; never mind ‘if A then X’, ‘if B then Y’, etc. If we can’t explain that to the 20% who are persuadable then we don’t deserve independence.

  18. Grouse Beater says:

    My fear is the usual one, enough UK at all costs exist in Scotland to scupper any chance of withstanding the impending disaster. The second concern is an SNP with not enough collective backbone to take our case to the uN if and when necessary.

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