I have no idea why Scotland is rescuing England from its self. I think it startling to see the elected representatives of our ‘poverty-stricken nation – England’s colonial description, not mine – wasting time fighting a small section of the fascist Tory Party, the 1922 Committee, and telling England the obvious, Brexit is a Deathstar.
Sending MPs to Westminster in the hope English politicians will grant Scotland liberty and the right to exercise free will is like feeding a crocodile with Tunnocks Caramel Wafers in the hope of weaning it off meat.
The gift that never keeps coming
Does the SNP think the English will be so enormously relieved for our help they will grant us our independence as a reward if we are instrumental in England staying in the European Union? Are the Irish running about, like feverish athletes in training, advising the British Government how best to ‘thwart the will of the English people”? From bitter experience, the Irish know how corrupt the British state is and how rotten is its ethos.
The majority of English wish to be rid of the EU. That is their right. Some have put up a plausible set of reasons to govern themselves without accepting the consensus of 27 European states. Why are we telling them NOT to govern themselves whilst demanding that we govern ourselves, and we make our own choices?
Yes, UKIP’s ideology is unpalatable, akin to Mussolini and Franco’s outpourings, as is much of the cruel policies of a far-right Tory party losing some of its MPs faster than a balding man his hair. Let them do what they want to do, but we must use our energies to block their xenophobia and their racism from enveloping Scotland and convincing the easily swayed the solution to Scotland’s ills is to send foreign folk home– and damn! – there’s a lot of us easily swayed who think our colonial masters are Greek sages.
What Sturgeon should be announcing, over and above warm platitudes about Europeans and the like being welcome here, is warning the Home Office we will protect any person threatened with repatriation, including police protection.
People in Scotland are supposed to be protected from summary eviction and immediate homelessness under mainstream Scots housing law, but already we learn refugees are getting locked out of their homes. We say one thing, we do another.
Confront the runts of fascism here and now, not clear a path for them to do their dirty work because some sod in Westminster got a Bill passed to stop anybody interfering with their plans.
This struggle, this revolution, isn’t about our politicians keeping their conscience clean – “oh, you can’t blame us, we said the rights things” – it’s about us protecting what we value most and the innocent among us! Action not words!
English alarmed at what they see and hear, talk of packing their bags, Grapes of Wrath fashion, and emigrating to Scotland for “a better life and environment” for their family … and free education, health service, prescriptions and so on, and so forth.
Those are the people who need to understand they must vote for the one party that stands for full democratic rights – the SNP, the one to protect the rights they are here to enjoy. No point in traipsing up here only to vote Tory, Labour, or god forbid, UKIP.
Forget convincing the elderly to vote Yes, people who remember the aftermath of the war years and rationing. They probably still have a press (cupboard), some where in their house crammed full of old paper bags and newspapers, ready to use for the next shortages of war. They won’t alter their mindset unless warned Brexit means their medicines will disappear. Let them live the rest of their curmudgeonly lives in peace. A lot probably deserve it. Allow their grandchildren to do the convincing on our behalf.
The English patient
Our English brothers and sisters are the people we should concentrate upon for the next plebiscite. There are over 350,000 English domiciled in Scotland.
Very few voted Yes for the reinstatement of an independent Scotland. Terrific if some, such as the ‘English for Indy’ group wish to exercise their conscience by supporting civil rights, but those who find it difficult to shake off their ‘Britishness’, their patriotism to their home country, county, or shire, need encouraged to show what I call, enlightened self-interest.
300,000 thousand people switching from No to Yes is the difference between living under the boot of a fascist transformed England or a liberal, progressive Scotland. Keep in mind, many – and that’s not a guess – will have voted to dump the EU. Convincing them a free Scotland in some sort of relationship with the EU will be doubly difficult. They need reminded we are welcomed by the EU, but have yet to state what we want from the EU.
The Irish are incandescent about the mess this abysmally-handled Brexit process is making of the hard-won peace in Northern Ireland and the difficult recovery of the economy, while the rest of the EU looks on with a justifiable degree of schadenfreude. And few are thinking about a holiday in Europe while stories of lengthy queues in airport ‘Alien’ lines filter home. We, meanwhile insult Ireland by rushing to the aid of England’s self-harm.
Where are we now?
Homelessness is rife. Queues at food banks are growing ever longer. The Scottish NHS is wondering how it can possibly cope once all the immigrants, whose dedication and hard work make its existence possible, are refused work permits in Scotland.
Young people have no idea whether or not they’ll be able to study abroad, or if they choose to work in Scotland they will ever afford the deposit for a house. Rentism is rampant, now supplanting the middle-classes. Small businesses don’t know if they’re going to be able to open their doors come Brexit’s finality, and big businesses are preparing to up sticks for countries where the lunatics aren’t running the asylum.
In the Brexit universe I hear the SNP at Holyrood mimicking the utterances of Tory and Labour at Westminster. Nicola Sturgeon sounds more of an Anglophile every day, less of the leader of independence: caught cheek to cheek with one of Scotland’s most virulent anti-independence mongers, Alastair Campbell, war criminal and Tony Blair’s former press officer; Putin is a bad boy; Russia is the evil empire again; Gibraltar is British; Israel is correct to retaliate against Palestinian protest; shame Salmond’s show airs on Russian Television; Venezuela is in need of regime change; ad nauseam – have we no mind of our own?
The answer to all these problems, according to our elected representatives, is to save England from itself. England is paralysed and polarised, but there exist enough good people there to sort it out over time. If we keep sleeping with England’s discredited politicos we can’t complain when we contract a dose of the English pox.
The dinosaurs of ideologies are in power everywhere. I do not want to hear my government emulating them. I feel bad enough defending Salmond and Swinney over approving a chunk of Scotland given to mafia thug Trump to screw around.
Anybody in the USA could have told the SNP Trump is a liar and a crook, a man not to be trusted, his word wholly unreliable, and yet our SNP went sleepwalking into Union Jack McConnell’s trap and handed Trump a strip of Aberdeenshire coastline that never wanted for a line of millionaire houses stuck on its panorama.
At least Nicola Sturgeon let Trump have it with both barrels, interesting to see if she will keep that attitude in place.
Attack our enemies, not alienate our supporters
I feel bad about offering an analysis of what’s going wrong with the SNP, but by hell, the SNP had better wise up fast. We have the key to remove ourselves from this dark place.
I do not ask for a second independence referendum tomorrow. I ask for our government to stop getting distracted by inane, wee heel nippers at First Minister’s question time, and to go on the attack, an assault currently missing against the British state.
Be merciless calling out British carpetbaggers, the mendacious press, and venal London politicians. Keep the pressure up, be relentless. Those miscreants ought to be reeling from our vituperative onslaught. They’ll never accede to independence talks thinking we are terribly fair people.
Let the people know what rights we are losing in the face of creeping fascism. Stop seeking out photo opportunities with minority groups as if the happiness of the majority is already intact. It feels like the last days of the British Empire with Scotland desperately keen to see it survive. Is the SNP blind?
Brexit has laid bare the British political class, a bag of squirming, slimy leeches. To paraphrase Amazon’s billionaire Jeff Bezos, Brexit rolled over the log and we saw what crawled out.
David Cameron’s calamitous EU referendum exposes an English exceptionalism verging on mass delusion. English imperialism ruled the world by brutality. When it comes to governing its own people it knows only the same methods to engineer consent.
In the name of sanity, liberty and freedom- let England go! Let us concentrate on convincing the people of Scotland to protect this nation now and forever, to be a guiding light to other nations, including England, and seek solidarity with international friends.
I know my destiny. It is not a child for England to command or to kick around.
- The powers lost to Scotland under Brexit: https://wp.me/p4fd9j-ngL
- The powers reserved to Westminster now: https://wp.me/p4fd9j-bX2
- Don’t come to Scotland: https://wp.me/p4fd9j-ewg