SNP and Fascism

The Untold Story of Mussolini's Fake Diaries
Benito Mussolini

Etonian and BBC propagandist George Orwell gave us the nightmare of a dystopian state in his relentlessly bleak novel 1984. Incarcerated in a detention cell, the protagonist Winston Smith covers his face with his hands in fear and anquish. The television screen on the wall buzzes into life and a firm voice is heard saying, “Smith! 6079 Smith! Uncover your face! No faces covered in the cells!” This is the ultimate repressive fascism Orwell was warning us of, as he put later, “imagine a boot coming down on your face, again and again, forever”.

Open a newspaper printed in Scotland, or read a social site on the Internet, and you might wonder if Scotland has arrived at that situation, so often is the word ‘fascist’ thrown around. There are examples to back it up: former ambassador and humanist Craig Murray jailed for daring to challenge a judge’s concoction called ‘jigsaw identification’. The air is thick with disillusioned SNP supporters calling SNP policies fascistic, and some SNP officials who should know better indulging in the same shallow bickering, the latest figure the obnoxious fabulist, Fiona Robertson, calling peaceful protestors ‘fascists’. The SNP hierarchy does not contradict her nor rebuke her louche utterances.

Fascism is probably the worst thing a dissenter can throw at Scotland’s administration without falling back on a profanity or two for added punch. The SNP government is widely criticised by its own supporters as both lazy in educating people of the benefits of self-governance, and over-zealous in controlling people’s lives, what we say and how we say it. This criticism from various quarters of public life includes not only SNP policies, but also their government funded organisations, their announcements (or lack of them in the case of independence), attacks on individuals, and even their own dissenting supporters. The move by the SNP to eradicate the word ‘woman’ is an international abberation, defying humanity, and will be defeated by commonsense and biology.

The Covid pandemic has seen the severest retrictions on our daily lives than at any time since the Second World War. Where we go, who and how we mix with family and acquaintances is severely controlled. Social engineering has also taken its toll on free expression. People are denounced, reputations trashed, or jailed for their beliefs.

At the same time we have commentators using their newspaper columns to ask if the pandemic, slowing down our expected capitalist consumption, our throw-away consumerism, could see us form a new model of daily living, something less materialistic, more caring. Meanwhile, the SNP delays tackling the British government head on, preferring to be ‘nice’.

Have we really seen Scotland’s champion of liberty, the Scottish National Party, become a faceless, brutal bureacracy, or the harbinger of better days? Under the weird doctrine of the SNP government, we have reached the stage where standing up for women’s rights is thought morally worse than committing an unkind action, such as an SNP official belittling a member in order to be seen loyal to the leadership.

Scotland is not alone in feeling fascism is getting the upper hand, if rather late to the party. The rise of authoritarian regimes around the world intent on keeping strict control of their populace is a remarkable feature of the 20st century. When we think of harsh authoritarianism we think of Germany and the Nazis. We do not think of the USA that has learned and adopted Mussolini’s tactics, or rained death down on defenceless smaller agrarian nations mercessly to a far greater degree than any country that has committed terrorist acts on the West.

Mussolini at large

For my part, when people use the word fascist I think of the European model as other do, of Benito Mussolini first, Franco, dictator of Spain, second. (South American countries come last because the Western press is so bad at reporting news from that region of the globe.)

General Franco enjoyed full patronage by his people and by world leaders as leader for life. We toddled off for our fortnight’s package holiday to Spain oblivious of his history, or bought property there without knowing the next door neighbour or local tapas bar owner adored Franco. His lieutenants did all they could to keep him alive when he was dying, so great was his control of Spain. His disciples still exercise considerable influence in the running of Spain and the crushing of Catalonia’s political hopes.

Mussolini a good guy

In his early years both the UK government and the US thought Mussolini a fine chap. UK politicians felt his methods got results. They admired the way he coerced and motivated Italians. Mussolini’s Italy was the new model to follow, an extremist party with extremist policies dominated by a charismatic, all-powerful leader.

Adolf Hitler, hiding an inferiority complex, thought Mussolini a great man, that is, until he met him, and thereupon decided he was a fool. Mussolini declared the fascist ideology of fear and omertà, a kind of ‘wheest for Benito”, ‘the summation and unity of all values’. He called it ‘totalitarian’ governance. He felt everything existed in the state, nothing outside. There had to be no other party but the Fascist Party.

That fascism crushed the human spirit to a point people would rise up and smash their elected leaders (Mussolini met a gruesome death at the hands of people who once idolised him), did not worry the dictator until it was too late and his fate sealed.

Mussolini never thought much further than what he saw reflected in his full-length bedroom mirror. He had one of his favourite mistresses driven to his house in the middle of the night under police escort. When she arrived in his bedroom he was dressed in full military uniform. (Dictators have a habit of enjoying wearing army uniform.)

Mussolini’s mistress was hustled inside his boudoir. “Am I the most handsome leader you have ever seen?” he asked. She answered yes, he was, and was escorted smartly back to her apartment. Had selfies been invented he would most certainly have been emperor of the craft. Nicola Sturgeon is no dictator, and unlike her opposite number, Truthie Davidson, she wears no army uniform. I cannot envisage Nicola Sturgeon asking her husband Peter Murrell the rhetorical question, “Am I the most beautiful First Minister?” because he claims he does not mix domestic issues with his wife’s political business.

In the 1950’s American right-wing, third-rate scholars such as Zbigniew Brzezinski noted how the structures of fascism managed the concentration of power, free to impose, free to terrorise. Imagined enemies were conjured on a regular basis to keep the populace fixated on some existential fear giving the Fascist party greater and greater control of the economy and the lines of communication.

If you were not for Benito you were against him and therefore a danger to the ideals of the party and state. Steps were taken to ‘other’ you. In this respect, the SNP offers us an alarming similarity. The result was a ship-load of power in the hands of one man and no opposition. In that Mussolini was like Joseph Stalin, only Stalin killed millions to achieve his political goals, while Mussolini is reputed to have been responsible for the deaths of a few thousand civilians. His goal was widening the influence of fascist ideology, the aim of Stalin’s regime was holding onto personal power.

Leader worship

The fascists encouraged a culture of leader worship and vainglorious national pomp, reviving the victories of the past, the Roman Empire. The English version, the ‘Blackshirts’, led by the pompous aristocrat Sir Oswald Mosley, was a thin rag-bag copy of Mussolini’s structures of command, a kind of ‘Dad’s Army’ of the hand-picked bigotted unemployed. What united them all with the SNP, besides absolutism, was a strict loyalty to the leader.

Whereas the SNP has branches in various cities and towns that it instructs on what to think and do, political discussion held within strict limits – ‘Vote SNP1and2’ – the Italian fascists had ruthless local bosses called ‘Ras‘ who actually ran the big cities. Local party agencies became the foot soldiers and tax agents of the Ras, always spouting the party line, rather like some notable SNP officials uphold whatever Nicola Sturgeon is saying at any one time, whether it makes sense or is nonsense and ultimately divisive.

The Nazi insult

The other epithet thrown between independence supporters, and independence supporters and unionists, is the ‘Nazi’ insult. Nazism and fascism were two different ideologies today conflated as one and the same.

The Nazi regime was obviously brutal and lethal. (Episodes of the magnificent Inspector Montalbano tell us how Italians of conscience could outwit the fascist faithful.) Hitler and his gang derived their power from instilling fear of violence in people at the hands of party officials, coercion rather than consent of citizens.

The activities of early Nazi gangs that roamed the streets ready to beat up dissenters, going as far as torturing and murdering Jews, communists and gypsies, is well documented. The SNP method of convincing non-believers is to belittle them if they resist, denounce a few strong voices, and ultimately throw them ‘under a bus’. Some SNP supporters have taken to implementing a campaign of censorship, blocking Internet bloggers who seem, to the SNP, far too ready to criticise SNP policies. They aim to reduce blogger influence.

Perhaps without knowing it, the SNP exercises what Michel Foucault calls the “individual as both an effect of power and the element of its articulation: the individual which power has constituted is at the same time its vehicle”.

All parties enjoying political power too long eventually do what they can to consolidate power to use to extend their powers and their administrative life. Power not given by the electorate is taken by any means possible – a pandemic is a gift from the gods to constrain human rights indefinitely – and use against the electorate to keep it docile.

Misuse of power

The most excessive misuse of power employed by the SNP leadership has been the hunting of the former First Minister, the Right Honorable Alex Salmond MP, a feverish chase as baying hounds run down a fox, aided and abetted by the corrupted stewardship of the Scottish Crown Office. Were it not for a High Court jury determined to keep a tight hold of natural justice, Alex Salmond would be languishing in jail for years to come.

On the other hand, the former ambassador and human rights advocate, Craig Murray, is likely to have been fined or given a community sentence had he been given a jury trial, or perhaps the Scottish ‘Not Proven’ verdict applied. He was given 8 months in jail. Jailing a journalist in Nicola Sturgeon’s Scotland most definitely lost the SNP voters as much as it has shocked.

Power and consent

Power and consent are woven into the same tapestry. One way the SNP has tried to achieve power over Scotland’s citizens, is by dangling the carrot of greater freedoms in an independent nation. Civilised life must have some restrictions, so merely offering vague new freedoms is not enough to convince ditherers and doubters that restoring independence is a good thing.

If you do not vote for us, says the SNP, who do you vote for to regain nationhood? When revolutions are betrayed by the sole party of independence, new parties arise. With the advent of the ALBA party and the ISP, members can answer the SNP jibe with an alternative.

The struggle for self-governance in a colonial environment is a revolution of sorts, and one bound to get more aggressive as its aims are frustrated by its own government, and by the colonial power resting in Westminster and the Tory party.

Who is better than us?

As stated, the SNP’s challenge of ‘who is better than us?’ is answered by the formation of the ALBA party and the ISP, currently filled in the main by refugees from the SNP itself, a worrying trend for a party once united and set for historic victory.

Both parties are hard set against the excesses of the SNP, while utterly resolved not to compromise or accommodate London offers of federalism which will only keep power centralised. They are ready to show up SNP ineptitude and amaterism, while still believing Scotland must be autonomous if not to be subsumed completely in an ersatz English culture, and do it by dissolving a fractured and irreparable Union for something better.

Is the SNP a fascist organsation?

In the actions of some of its over-zealous missionary practitioners, the SNP can be fascistic in character demanding complete loyalty to its cause, and in showing intolerance to defiant disagreement in its ranks.

Fascism resists new ideas. The SNP is corruped by internal misjudgements and covering up poor administration. But no party can be called a fascist organisation when its leader resigns on losing a referendum, as Alex Salmond did in September 2014. However, Nicola Sturgeon has been embroiled in countless policy failures and administrative fiascos yet refuses to step aside for better leadership; she relies entirely on sustained public admiration, nationally and internationally.

Moreover, Sturgeon also relies on the public being uninformed of the outcome of her party’s seriously flawed policies. Media commentators call her the Teflon Queen. Public ignorance cannot hold forever. To consolidate her position she has invited the Scottish Green Party to share some government positions in return for a need-to-back SNP basis. This is a shaky alliance. It does not resemble absolute power. It resembles a patch and mend job.

The Greens are not without internal differences. They have lost one of their best champions, the environmentalist, Andy Wightman. The arrangement may see some bills enacted but as Sturgeon’s popularity falls, so parties such as ALBA will rise on the back of public awareness to revoke poor legislation.

There are good and bad people

When you study political organisations you begin to see strata of sophistications that demonstrate nothing is straight-forward. Nicola Sturgeon has her critics within her ranks, just as Hitler had generals who wished him dead. Liberal critics of Mussolini’s regime were swift in seeing some similarities in Stalin’s regime. The Catholic church accommodated fascism as a conservative dictatorship of the right, and therefore far more acceptable than a communist dictatorship of the left. Scotland’s independent clan chiefdoms may have disappeared but they are still there in spirit in clashing local councils.

The SNP does not have street gangs beating up protestors, only supporters tearing down ALBA posters. To intimidate and alienate it uses character assassination, an old political tactic. But SNP’s distribution of power is hampered by resistence in various quarters. What can be said of the SNP under the guidance of Nicola Stugeon is how bad it has been in handling greater happiness for the masses. For the most part, more people than ever are unhappy at their situation, exacerbated by a pandemic lock-down.

And though the SNP tried hard to stop the English government from pulling the UK and Scotland out of the European Union, failing miserably, the greatest shaper of England’s destiny was the Battle of Hastings changing who was in charge, just as the Battle of Bannockburn shaped Scotland’s history, the right to remain an independent nation, the people sovereign, not king or government.

Nothing the SNP can do, or England’s power diminish, will remove the dream of a free Scotland. Few people dare claim the eradication of Scotland’s independence parties will see the movement for equality and liberty and a new deal gone forever. The mess the SNP has got itself into will be corrected, it’s just that some innocent people will get hurt in the process until fresh, radical leadership appears. The sad part is ever day independence is pushed back is a win for the opponents of reason.


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26 Responses to SNP and Fascism

  1. mickmar21 says:

    Good essay and a well laid out argument of what so many people globally are asking in these times.
    I fear the world is changing to one of those ‘dark’ moments in human history and future generations will judge us harshly and then ignore the cautionary tale just as we have done.

  2. duncanio says:

    Great article GB.

    I agree wholeheartedly with your conclusion that “nothing the SNP can do, or England’s power diminish, will remove the dream of a free Scotland.”

    You can’t kill an idea unless you kill all those people who have ideas.

  3. urapps says:

    I am amazed that the Scottish Government, the Judiciary, and the Police are unaware or not worried they have perverted the course of justice. One day and it may not be for a while justice will catch up with them, Are they so thick and uneducated that they don’t know even at the Nuremberg trials “just following orders” was not an excuse?

  4. An article well worth reading regardless of which political party you happen to follow.

  5. This the first appropriate and accurate quotation from Foucault I have seen in a very long time.

    Thank you.

  6. alfbaird says:

    An excellent summation Gareth, pointing us in the right direction, of where we are.

    In addition, perhaps: the deceitful collaboration of the Scottish National Party bourgeoisie elite with the forces of the colonial oppressor thus provides the conditions for fascism to develop, as we see, and its main motivation, which is to halt the national liberation of the Scottish people. This powerful combination also confirms the revised purpose of the National Party elite which is now to further only the aims of colonialism.

    And, anyone still remaining in the SNP must now consider, as Aime Cesaire put it: “this idea that no one colonizes innocently, that no one colonizes with impunity either; that a nation which colonizes, that a nation which justifies colonization – and therefore force – is already a sick civilization, a civilization which is morally diseased, which irresistibly, progressing from one consequence to another, one denial to another, calls for its Hitler, I mean its punishment.”

  7. Grouse Beater says:

    “Bourgeois” elite puts our ambitions well, Alf. If you don’t mind, I am going to reproduce your essay on Maritime developments that you published in the Scotland blog. That side of Scotland is over-looked in favour of oil arguments.

  8. alfbaird says:

    Thanks Gareth. Yes, with rising supply chain problems via Scotland’s total dependence on England’s RDC’s and congested ports in the south of England you would have thought even the daeless Scottish Government might have acted on the proposal to develop a modern Scottish-European Gateway Port at Cockenzie and related tender for ferry operators, some of whom I know await even a wee bit movement at Scottish Gov level. Unfortunately the worsening CalMac/CMAL fiasco really does demonstrate the level of government incompetence when it comes to maritime affairs, as in many other policy areas.

  9. HI Gareth, an excellent article, but I wonder if we are all missing an actor in all of this? While Nicola Sturgeon stands in the spotlight, in the public glare, what are we to make of Peter Murrrell? Her husband and the Chief Executive Officer of the SNP. Surely we need to be watching his actions behind the scenes just as much as we are her stage(d) appearances and utterances? I’ve maintained since the day Nicola Sturgeon was crowned the leader of the SNP that her husband should have immediately stood down as CEO. I doubt if a Party Leader could have done as she has without a complicit Party CEO ensuring the pary machinery was fimly aligned with the leaders desires. You could even ask the question of which comes first – the leadership’s ambitions & actions or the party aligned to complicitly permit and support such ambitions and actions?

    Pragmatically, it’s all but impossible to see a way for the membership of the SNP to force a change of leader. The wider public has no idea of the internal party machinations and hasn’t yet felt the ‘benefits’ of the GRA and HCB, So NS will continue to fly high in the popularity polls for quite some time to come. Unless Alex Salmond’s civil court case breaks a damn wide open….

    Maybe a route to restoring the SNP (if it’s worth doing) is to focus far more on the actions of Peter Murrell and to find a crack there. Chip away at the husband & wife relationship. Raise public consciousness of the inevitable conflicts of interest which exist in such a pairing. Change the CEO and that would certainly change the SNP. It’s a big and difficult task, but in the public’s eyes the CEO is less well known than the Leader. So he’s a ‘softer’ target. But is it a battle worth fighting?

  10. Totally agree. I was even at the St Leonards protest for Craig Murray. Sadly GB wasn’t there as I was hoping to ask him why he blocked me on Twitter (@blabhein). This was just after David Leask (yuk) blocked me. I am a firm believer in “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” (Eleanor Roosevelt). So not much upset but awakened to GB’s intolerance that he criticises in others – even me in 95% agreement!!

  11. Michael W says:

    Just read an article about Edward the third. Sometimes a review of history throws up important narrative in the present. Edwards concern was a battle on two fronts- the Scottish danger to his rear ( his father knew the dangers of that) and the French to his fore. Ironically a very similar predicament faced the Prussians which gave advent to the Prussian battle strategy for a war on two fronts which evolved into the blitzkrieg strategy which erroneously is portrayed as a novel idea of the Nazi period. In any event, Edward the third utilized the disinherited Scots aristocracy suitably anglicized as his tool to foment strife and war fare. It seems England can always count on some internals to do their bidding.

  12. Grouse Beater says:

    A ndrew, I wrote a piece on Murrel some weeks back, a political dead duck, as far as I can see, holding on because if he goes, Nicola has no one ‘watching her back’, so to speak.

  13. Grouse Beater says:

    Hugh – I lay out rules of engagement here and on my Twitter site, gte basis of which is life is too short to make every remark a duel.

    I block inane trolls – they are infantile – and anyone tossing personal abuse or slurs, and definitely libel. You might have been caught up in a group rather than individually blocked, who knows? I don’t keep a tally. Sometimes there is a blurred line between opinion expressed passionately and someone out to defame and demean in a vindictive quest.

  14. Michael W says:

    Sorry Grouse beater i went off on a tangent again.

    Great article and very frightening the parallels. A couple of years ago the Herald or Scotman’s did an article that Mussolini’s Italy kept a tariff on all of the Italian expats worldwide. This was one of the reasons many Scots Italians were shamefully interned in the Isle of Man and many died when the ships they were transported on, were sunk in the Atlantic, when England sent them to her Canadian colonies. Seems to me Scotland’s people have never been sovereign in the eyes of England.

    Where is Scotland’s Garibaldi? Sorry.. i did it again.

  15. Grouse Beater says:

    Garibaldi? Well, am of Italian extraction, mother called me Gary, but not yet bald, alas.

  16. Michael W says:

    and no red shirts either…?

  17. Does anybody else remember a slogan popular in the seventies: “SNP – your other National Front”?

    A reference to Irn Bru’s “other national drink” campaign. At the time I felt it was a bit unkind to the new younger members of the SNP – like Mr Salmond, but was still sadly appropriate in relation to some of the old guard.

  18. ObairPheallaidh says:

    Sorry Duncan but that is complete pish. Slagging off dead nationalists might do it for you but they have f all to do with todays corrupt SNP leadership.

  19. I was simply recalling a slogan and reflecting on its usefulness. Not slagging anybody.

  20. scotsmanic0803 says:

    You know what gets me about the SNP in Holyrood and all their psychotic enablers? How utterly rubbish they are. They are the least, most vacuous, most void-filled slick lame yawns of nothing who exist in Scotland, and yet they preen and primp and present themselves as the Best Of Scottish. There is not a single brain or visionary between them, yet they call their ‘policies’ to be ‘world leading.’ Laughable. They’re not even local council level ‘thinkers.’

    Scottish politics exists as nothing but an ego-stroking exercise for these deeply insecure, unintelligent, nothing-splatter skin-wastes. They worship America, still seemingly not having realised that that rogue state is the most empty, murderous, bland dump on the face of the planet. Yet still they regurgitate American politics, as fed to them through worthless social media, and think themselves ‘righteous.’

    God, it’s such an EMBARRASSMENT to be living under these dipshits, dunces and dullards!

    Scotland was once a country of genius. Now we have sexual minority-obsessed clowns babbling morning, noon and night about nothing of any substantiality whatsoever, pretending to care about Scotland and independence. People are overdosing on the streets, feeding themselves and their families from food banks, and these clowns strut and crow on about prosecuting women because some roaster perceived a ribbon to be a noose!

    I can’t wake up from the absolute nightmare in Hell this country has become. What happened? If these chimps love America so much, why don’t they move there? They’d soon find out the place is Hell on earth. Maybe that’s the idea: recreate American Hell for us right here in our own country, by eagerly gulping down and reproducing their worst, most insane political excesses. A pox on Nicola Sturgeon and they gay pride obsessives (nothing against gay people), a pox on arrogant, ignorant, braindead genetic debris like Fiona ‘Open Mouth And Let Belly Rumble’ Robertson, a pox on …

    …ah, fuck it. What’s the use?

    Scottish politics right now is in a coma, decimated by one vengeful, hateful, deeply insecure lunatic trying to kill the country she grew up in because of perceived personal injustices. Stop the world, I want to get off. Being nibbled to death by ducks, as the expression goes, as an extremely intelligent, sane person, is more than I can fucking bear.

    The whole thing is just utterly tragic. And Sturgeon will not be forgiven or forgotten.

  21. alfbaird says:

    Hugh McKee
    “I am a firm believer in “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” (Eleanor Roosevelt).”

    There is plenty of evidence that suggests the opposite to be the case. Have you never heard of ‘Internalized Racism’ or ‘Appropriated Racial Oppression’, or its equivalent in what we know as the ‘Scottish Cultural Cringe’? This is due to imperialism and colonialism which instills in the colonized a ‘colonial mentality’ defined as:“the internalized attitude of ethnic or cultural inferiority felt by people as a result of colonization, i.e. them being colonized by another group.”

    As Memmi and Fanon found, colonialism is a “disease of the mind”, the only cure for which is liberation through decolonisation, i.e. independence.

  22. Grouse Beater says:

    Hello Alf

    Hugh’s ‘beef’ is common one, making an appearance to complain of hypocrisy because they got blocked over some dispute or other, but without detailing the nature of the dispute.

    I recall philosopher Bertrand Russell very upset that a group supporting the accumulation of nuclear weapons had entered his garden and were indulging in a protest sit-down at his front door against his opinion of USA bombings. In a way, Twitter has accomplished the same thing. It gets into your home via the computer. To stop it you have to stop using social sites, and therefore your voice is self-silenced, the very opposite of free speech.

    Russell opined that the tactic was unlawful, breaking and entering, and took protest to extremes by confronting the opponent where he lived so that he had no respite nor refuge. Blocked on Twitter but reappearing here doesn’t sit well with me because I offer my point of view without malice or long-standing grudge. Indeed, if told to f**k off, or my opinion is ‘pish’ or ‘a load of bollocks’, or the same aimed at a fellow reader by another, I retain the right to enforce a better quality of discussion on my personal site.

    All voiced opinion carries with it responsibility.

  23. millar421btinternetcom says:

    As a regular reader/subscriber of/to your blogs , Gareth I appear to be blocked by you on twitter. Puzzled and confused.

  24. Grouse Beater says:

    One other point: your tweets are protected. I can’t see what you are saying to others in any given discussion, which annoys the hell out of me.

  25. millar421btinternetcom says:

    Not sure how that happened, Gareth. Think it should now be disabled. I T is still a complete mystery to me.

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