This is supposed to be festive time but I can’t think of a grimmer one for many a year.
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 sterile stage where we hope enough non-Scots will scunner our No voters to vote Yes – not by sound argument for progressive democracy but swayed by England’s folly. Not by our integrity or our example will we be praised.
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?”
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. Labour bangs the Dispatch Box at Westminster glowing at the Tory benches threatening to bring down the government 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 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 us to understand the benefits of self-governance? They don’t want to listen. We do.
The saddest part of all is how many Scots are comfortable among the unionist gangs. Twas ever thus. 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 entirely legal, bar one short clause.
The Bill was drafted as an alternative to Westminster’s EU Withdrawal Bill, which MSPs refused to give their consent to following a row over how powers currently exercised from Brussels will be subsumed by Westminster after Brexit. 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.
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.
Of course, we know by experience that we will play the game again to lose again.
England does not play by fair democratic rules. It never has. You don’t get to rule an empire by playing Mr Nice Guy. If we ever attain the status of a nation state again what do we think we will achieve in the negotiations for new terms of association and trade when we act the dumb partner now?
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. We must be one of the few nations in the world that elects and pays people, newspapers too, to tell us day in, day out we are too insignificant a nation to button up our own overcoat. You can see wee Englanders smirk as they watch us wear mittens tied to our sleeves with elastic in case we lose them.
Walk into any Irish pub in Dublin and proclaim to the ensembled drinkers Scotland will be a nation again, just don’t pause for applause. The laughter will be immediate.