Now, if you are someone whose viewpoint is straight down the line Rule Britannia the following is not geared towards you, because there will never be any circumstances that will change your opinion. The British state can do anything to you and you’ll accept it, taking the view that you trust what they are doing is for the best for your country, which for you, first and foremost, is Britain. Fair enough, that’s your view. There’s no point of flogging a deed coo.
Separately, as a side issue, the whole religious divide thing in parts of Scotland has been promoted and used to great effect over the years by those in power to manipulate and divert anger away from themselves, encouraging generally sections of the least well off to quarrel, blaming each other for the ills of society and dividing communities, rather than working together to put the spotlight on those who create the real problems. A clever ruse, based on the timeless strategy of divide and conquer.
However, apart from the folk mentioned above, ladies and gentlemen of Scotland who voted No in the referendum of September 2014 please I beg your indulgence for just a few minutes.
First up, a bit of an example, of which there are many, of the dodgy behaviour of those who have control over decision making for your country, for you, and for your family, the British State.
40 odd years ago vast reserves of a precious natural resource were discovered in the waters around your country, as were similarly found in the waters of your neighbour Norway. Norway, taking the sensible approach decided to benefit their citizens by creating an ‘oil fund” from the tax receipts of this find which they used to create an extensive welfare and health system, with a standard of living envied by other countries. Essentially Norway keeps that money aside for a rainy day, when things are tight, when the world has an economic slump, they have a bit put aside.
So what happened in Scotland’s case? Well, first of all when surveys had established how much oil potentially was actually in Scotland’s waters the Westminster government rubbed their hands, but then they panicked that the people of Scotland would find out that they were sitting on a lottery win. The cabinet of the British government then made a conscious decision to hide the extent of the oil reserves in Scotland’s water from the people of Scotland, a deception which continued for 30 odd years. If you think this is fabricated google ‘The McCrone Report.” Professor Gavin McCrone was a highly respected UK government economist who wrote a paper about the consequences of Scotland’s extensive reserves of oil . He deduced in his paper that if the people of Scotland had access to the financial benefits of their own natural resource Scotland would be one of the richest countries in the world. His paper was buried as confidential for many years. Look it up. Please do.
So what did the government of the UK do with all of the money from the tax receipts from the oil found in Scotland’s waters? The vast amount of revenue gained from tax receipts from oil found in Scotland’s waters was spent financing Margaret Thatcher and her successors golden age of Britain. It built the M25, Canary Wharf, the Channel Tunnel, it financed weapons of mass destruction, it provided the financing that bailed out high risk failures in the City.
The Union backed media, (let’s not beat about the bush here, the BBC is an arm of the British State, it is not impartial, it is not providing you with a fair reflection of events, it’s telling you what you need to hear from the perspective of protecting it’s patron. If you don’t believe that go and look up how the BBC World Service is funded, it is funded by the Foreign Office) will tell you that according to reports like GERS Scotland is poor and couldn’t possibly survive financially, meanwhile in reality before the oil price dropped, which will come back up again, Scotland per head of population contributed each year for several decades to the Exchequer in London far in excess of the monies returned to Scotland to pay for essential public services by way of the block grants Westminster decides Scotland should have. You have helped keep the rest of the UK afloat for decades, yet as long as the newspapers, who are all owned by individuals or organisations who stand to lose out if Scotland becomes independent, and the unionist broadcast media, tell you that Scotland is the only country in the world who couldn’t possibly govern itself you seem to believe them. Please, I implore you, take a step back, have a think about that. Do your own research. Be informed.
So that’s a wee insight into the kind of people you are dealing with, who are not interested in your views, and only see Scotland as something they can milk and take advantage of.
Ok, so you don’t believe that they are not interested in your views? Let’s look at that. In 2014, when they feared the worst, that the people of Scotland would in fact take control of their own affairs, they promised you the earth. We love you Scotland, don’t leave us, we need you to stay, we need you to lead, they said. We’re a family of nations, they said. They promised Devo Max, control of just about every power under the sun apart from foreign affairs and defence. They made Vows, they pleaded with you. You don’t need independence they said, what we’ll give you will be virtually independence, in fact it will be better because you’ll still have the union.
On the morning after you voted No things changed. Suddenly it was all about England. Scotland had caved in so they didn’t need to bother about convincing you anymore. It was a day of English Votes for English Laws initiating a clear attempt to change the goalposts so that Scotland could never be so close to so much power ever again, even to the extent that a Scottish politician will never again be Prime Minister. By voting No you sent Westminster a clear signal that Scotland has no respect for itself therefore it can just be walked all over. They only understand power. How do you think they managed to manipulate a quarter of the planet at one stage?
Every promise they made you before 18th September 2014 was backtracked on, wormed out of, and diluted, resulting in the farcical half-soaked Smith Commission giving Scotland control over the colour of its signposts, and very little else.
There was, of course, a backlash to all of this dishonesty. In the subsequent General Election the people of Scotland voted overwhelmingly to send 56 of a possible 59 members of parliament representing Scottish constituencies to Westminster from the party which advocates self-government for Scotland. The UK government has one , yes one, representative in Scotland, an odious fellow who has admitted that he does not represent Scotland in Westminster’s government, instead he represents Westminster to the people of Scotland. He also insists that Scotland doesn’t actually exist as a country since it was swallowed up as part of the Act of Union. This very chap made great play publicly at the time of the follow on Scotland Bill and Act, as a consequence of the watered down proposals of the Smith Commission, that Scotland’s government will now be concretely set as permanent, reinforcing the terms set out in the late 1990’s in the Sewell Convention that Westminster will not legislate in devolved matters, where powers have been handed out to Scotland, Wales and N Ireland, without the consent of the devolved governments themselves. He made a big show of how his government were doing Scotland a huge favour.
Meanwhile in an increasingly right-wing Westminster, where Labour spend half their time agreeing with the Tories, or abstaining from votes that would put a spoke in the wheels of any policy the Tories want to implement to enrich the few whilst fleecing the many, with no care or conscience for the vulnerable or the under waged, your 56 representatives (54 SNP, and currently 2 Independent) are being ignored and scorned. The people you have chosen to express your opinions and champion your views insulted. The very mention of St Andrews Day by a Scottish MP the other month resulted in boos and hissing from the childish privileged public school educated benches across the floor.
Then along comes a referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union, facilitated by the Tories, in an effort to pander to the far right UKIP faction of Nigel Farage and Co, the modern day equivalent of the BNP, near fascist in their hatred of immigrants, and paranoid about the UK’s European partners, because local government elections in England resulted in several of their members defecting or threatening to defect to this extremist group. Hence panic amongst the Tory elite.
Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain in the European Union by 62% to 38% , England and Wales voted to leave. Therefore it would be reasonable to assume that democratically the people of Scotland should have a say in whether they should remain as part of a trading bloc of 500 million potential customers for Scotland’s goods and services, yes? No, Theresa May’s UK government has ignored any attempts for this to happen. The Scottish First Minister, after much consultation with European partners and experts in the field, produced a document outlining ways in which firstly the UK itself could escape the ravages of a “hard” Brexit”( leaving the single market and the common justice agreement), and secondly, if the UK didn’t want that, proposals to protect Scotland’s place in Europe, which Scotland’s people have voted resoundingly for. That document is now sitting under a table leg in Downing Street stopping Brexit Minister David Davis’s desk from wobbling. Scotland stands to lose up to 80,000 jobs as a direct consequence of a ‘hard’ Brexit. No matter, you don’t count, you have no say.
It’s all about immigration. The British government would rather sacrifice their economy than agree to EU citizens continuing to move and work freely in the UK. Scotland, with an increasingly ageing population, relies on EU citizens coming to live, work and pay taxes in Scotland to help pay for its public services. It needs at least 25,000 immigrants a year to settle and work just to remain economically stable. No matter, you don’t count, you have no say.
Recently the Supreme Court in London, who have been considering the Tory government’s appeal in a case where the English legal system had judged that the Westminster Parliament must be given the opportunity to vote on the final UK plan for Brexit, decided to uphold that decision, which will only briefly inconvenience the Tories because Labour won’t vote against them, and your 56 MP’s don’t matter. But importantly for Scotland the Supreme Court also ruled that devolved governments will have no say in the Brexit process, and have no right to be consulted, making a mockery of the Sewell Convention. So effectively all of the bumph you’ve heard on the BBC about Scotland being the “ most powerful devolved government in the world” is indeed horseshite. Scotland for all intents and purposes is a region of the UK and therefore should be treated as such. Do you feel let down? Do you feel conned? No? Well you should.
If all of this stuff doesn’t bother you just keep watching Reporting Scotland and hiding under your duvet. If your one of those who says “ I don’t do politics” please think a bit deeper, and a bit longer term. All of this is actually about you, to benefit you and your standard of living, to protect and improve your family’s health and wellbeing, to create opportunities for your children, and their children for a better life.
Alternatively if you are one of those who says “ Why bother, they are all just the same, they are only in it for themselves” you are wrong. You could be living in a country right now where an Independent Labour Party with real Labour values, not the current plastic Tories of Westminster and Holyrood , are vying with the Greens, the Scottish Socialists, the SNP and whatever the Tories would become in an independent Scotland, for your vote, by putting forward policies that benefit you, your families, and future generations of Scots. not London and the home counties, not a government who knows you don’t vote for them, which has no need to ever keep any promises to you, or even consider you because arithmetically you literally don’t count. They see you as a non-entity.
A second independence referendum is coming, and when it does it is not the SNP’s referendum, it is not Alex Salmond or Nicola Sturgeon’s referendum. It is not about political parties, it is your referendum.
If you’ve got this far sincere thanks for taking the time to read this. Folks, you’ve just got to do something about this. It can’t go on the way it is. Future generations of Scots will suffer, and suffer badly if you don’t. Scotland will only prosper as an independent country, where those you place in charge of government are answerable to you