Now, if you are someone whose viewpoint is straight down the line Rule Britannia please read no further. 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 will 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. You are perfectly entitled to it.
Otherwise, ladies and gentlemen of Scotland who voted No in the referendum of September 2014, now that we are less than forty days away from your country being removed from the European Union against the democratic will of the majority of Scots, please I beg your indulgence for just a few minutes.
First up, a bit of context, an example or two, of which there are many, of the kind of behaviour demonstrated by those who have control over the major decisions made for and about your country. Decisions made in your name, and for your family. Decisions made by 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 neighbouring country 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 uses that money to improve the lives of its people and keeps some of it aside for a rainy day. When things are tight, when the world has an economic slump, they have a bit put by to protect themselves from the ravages of blights on society like unemployment, poverty and homelessness.
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 and may wish to therefore return the governance of their own country to themselves as a consequence. 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 statement 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. Also look up the comments on the discovery of oil in Scotland’s waters by former Westminster Chancellor of the Exchequer Denis Healey, who came clean on the subject in his later years before his passing in 2015.
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 banking industry, it financed the additional burdens on the welfare state, that Britain’s governments increasingly over the last forty years would rather just went away, resulting from de-industrialisation, the rapid decline in manufacturing, and the subsequent mass unemployment of Britain’s workforce.
In terms of deception the British State union backed media, (let’s not beat about the bush here, the BBC is an arm of the British State, it is not impartial) is not providing you with a fair reflection of events, it’s telling you what you need to hear from the perspective of protecting its patron. If you don’t believe that go and look up how the BBC World Service is funded. It was originally funded directly by the Foreign Office up until four or five years ago, now it’s spun as some sort of grant aid thing to muddy the waters a bit.
The BBC will tell you that according to reports like the annually produced GERS Report Scotland is poor and couldn’t possibly survive financially on its own. Now please bear in mind that this report, the report they refer to as evidence of Scotland’s inability to manage its own affairs, as well as providing information on the spending and financial management of the Scottish devolved limited powers government, who have control of less than 20% of the financial levers needed to have some semblance of control of Scotland’s economy, and do a pretty good job by anybody’s standards within those tight limitations, also provides information on London’s spending and debts accrued by that government in London, for example money spent on nuclear weapons stored in Scotland, away from English population centres, which they then divide up and allocate as Scotland’s debt. Money spent on our behalf, for their benefit, not ours. Effectively Scotland doesn’t make the decisions, or have input or influence on the decisions which result in an allocated millstone around our neck of a huge historic debt created for us. In reality the language used in the GERS Report should more accurately describe this annually calculated sum as the UK Government’s debt in Scotland.
Then we have the unionist media’s perpetual game of Oil Hoaky Coaky, which generally takes two particular forms.
Form one occurs when the world price of oil price drops, always for a reason completely out-with the control of Scotland, generally because two or more major oil powers somewhere around the world, the middle east, USA or Russia are sanctioning or embargoing each other over something or other. For weeks and months on end the editors who dictate what eventually will come out of Jackie Bird and her like’s mouths each evening at teatime and the political editorial staff of the Herald, Scotsman, Record, et al would have us believe that there is a second ice age about to hit Scotland, they feed us with a diet of the ‘separatists’ the ‘nationalists’ are obsessed with oil (we aren’t). Self-government for Scotland is about oil and about oil only is the message you are supposed to receive from the reporting. Oil is worthless, they say, it’s a burden best left in the hands of those in London who know better. A recent example of this propaganda spin can be seen in BBC’s Question Time show from Motherwell, in a programme where the audiences are rigged to make it look like remaining part of the union is overwhelmingly the view of the majority of Scots, when a bloke from an extremist and religiously bigoted organisation, who appears to have a season audience pass for the show, enthralled us with “ You told us oil was going to be a million pound a barrel (eh?), now you can get a barrel for a tenner doon the barras.” Guffaw guffaw!
Then we have form two which occurs when the price of oil goes up, or we are in sight of any kind of election time. Suddenly like snow off a dyke the oil disappears. It’s as if the vast amount of this rich resource around Scotland, that we still hear about being discovered through new exploration sites in different areas of the Scotland’s waters on a regular basis, knows that the price has gone up so for some reason it decides to hide. The media headlines are awash with ‘it’s running out, experts give it five years, twenty years at the most, oil industry slump, Sir Ian Establishment-Billionaire who owns half of Scotland, and the fishing, predicts oil scarcity disaster.” It doesn’t add up, or make any sense.
Oil is not the be all and end all of Scotland’s right to self-determination,. In fact it’s a red herring. It has nothing to do with it. Scotland’s people have the right, like any other country in the world, to expect the perfectly normal proposition that their country is governed by people who live there. Union, as it exists in the UK is not normal. It is a contrived relationship which allows one larger country England to legally subsume its neighbours.
However in terms of British state propaganda telling you that your country is too wee and too poor to govern itself it’s worth noting that until the last major oil price slump the tax revenue from the oil in Scotland’s waters contributed per head of population 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, our pocket money. Living in Scotland you have helped keep the rest of the UK’s finances afloat for decades. Yet as long as you believe what the newspapers, and the telly channels, who are all owned by establishment backing figures or individuals or organisations who stand to lose out if Scotland becomes independent tell you, that Scotland is the only country in the world who couldn’t possibly govern itself, we are unlikely to flourish.
Please, take a step back, have a think about all of that. Do your own research. It’s not conspiracy, it’s not fake news from the internet. Be informed. There is plenty of corroborative information out there.
So that’s a wee insight into the kind of people you are dealing with, an elite who are not interested in your views, and only see Scotland as something they can milk and take advantage of.
Coming on to the current predicament facing Scotland. You, as a country, 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. As is clear as it can possibly be Theresa May’s UK government has ignored any and all attempts for this to happen. The Scottish First Minister, after much consultation with European partners and experts in the field, produced a document way back outlining ways in which firstly the UK itself could escape the ravages of a “hard” Brexit, and secondly, if the UK didn’t want to do that, proposals to protect Scotland’s place in Europe, which, after all, Scotland’s people have voted resoundingly for. Copies of that document have probably been servicing the Downing Street lavvies for the last year or so. Scotland stands to lose up to 80,000 jobs as a direct consequence of a ‘hard’ Brexit. Already as we approach the cliff edge major corporation are changing headquarters from the UK to Europe. Foreign car manufacturing companies being just the latest to announce they are shutting their doors in the UK and relocating. it’s only going to get worse.
Perhaps when you voted No in 2014 one of your considerations was the unionist statement that unless you voted No Scotland would be flung out of the EU into an economic wilderness, a financial disaster. Unfortunately, and tragically ironically we are about to find out that exactly the opposite is the case, with the same disastrous outcome. Think about it.
Brexit is all about the Tory Party, and the gutless Labour Party unwilling to challenge preconceptions about immigration. The British government, stuck in a longstanding internal squabble between right wing factions, would rather sacrifice the economy of all parties to the union than agree to EU citizens continuing to move and work freely in the UK. Scotland, with an increasingly ageing population, relies heavily on EU citizens coming to live, work and pay taxes in Scotland to help pay for its public services. It has been estimated that Scotland needs at least 25,000 immigrants a year to settle and work just to remain economically stable. No matter what the Daily Mail and others tell you, the net financial gain to Scotland’s future wellbeing from the taxation and spending of immigrants who live and work in Scotland, as well as the cultural benefits we receive to our communities, far exceed any of the xenophobic simplistic nonsense that the haters continually feed us.
If all of this stuff doesn’t bother you, if you are somebody who says “ I don’t do politics” please try to 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 somebody who says “ Why bother, they are all just the same, they are only in it for themselves” I think 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. These political parties would be answerable to you, putting forward policies that benefit you, your families, and future generations of Scots, not London and the home counties.
You wouldn’t live in a country where its government, bizarrely when you think about it from another country, knows you don’t vote for them. A government, which is always the case in the present system, which has no need to ever keep any promises to you, or even consider you because arithmetically you literally don’t count. You are a non-entity.
If you’ve got this far sincere thanks very much 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.
Come join us.