We are in the last hours of 2019.
Since the landslide SNP General Election win nearly three weeks ago (the people of Scotland’s clear instruction to those they have chosen to be their elected representatives to put in motion a second referendum on the question of self-determination) the propaganda machinery of the British State has started to crank itself up in preparation for the campaign which 2020 will bring.
Leaks, foretastes and quotes from the Tory Government’s Queen’s Speech, at the opening of parliament, appeared in much of the the media (The entirely misnamed Scotsman did the article Hokey Cokey two-step with it once it proved to be false) suggesting that wee Lizzie the First of Scotland was about to tell us that an independence referendum for Scotland was not going to happen until the year 3099 at the very earliest.
This was to be due to the fact that the Tories have other pressing priorities on their agenda that come first, like extending, then severely limiting, Universal Credit to a point where the elderly, the infirm, the under-waged and the vulnerable are so distressed that they will be happy to queue up to jump off Beachy Head, and perhaps a cunning plan to turn Foodbanks into profitable franchises, where out of date supermarket food, bought in bulk, with the mould sliced out of it, gets handed out in exchange for a weekly subscription.
Thankfully the Lizster, who has been around a bit, took one look at the Tory script, swore loudly like a drunken sailor’s parrot, and put a red line through any reference to winding up a country she’d quite like, nominally at least, to still be the Head of State of, until her days are done. ‘One was not for saying that!’
I wonder what she really thinks of the bunch of amateurs running her government? What are her thoughts when she meets weekly with the tousled faux-clown currently in charge? We’ll probably never know.
Incredibly, some of the Scotsman’s sister papers, days after the event actually proved the story to be false, we’re still running it in their online additions as if it was true.
Much fuss about nothing, but the usual impact on public perceptions with fake stories occurred. The message that the Queen was sanctioning her government’s view about Scotland had gotten out to casual readers and viewers before it was acknowledged as false.
Then we had the widely reported news that the replacement for David Mundell, the new Viceroy of Joy, Brexiteer Alister Jack, in response to the Scottish Government’s publication of the case for Scotland’s rightful democratic right to decide its own future, took exception to the suggestion, as posited in the document, that Scotland is part of a ‘voluntary’ union of nations.
He entirely disagrees that it’s voluntary! If it’s not voluntary, what the hell is it? Do they think they own us?
Och no, says the wealthy landowner (who only has the job because the London rightwing toffery like to be invited to his stately pile for a bit of carousing and animal maiming) the Union has been magnificent for all parties concerned , ‘the wonderful thing about Unions is Unions are wonderful things’, reckons our Viceroy.
What British nationalism’s man in Scotland is really telling us in Scotland therefore is, vote for whoever you like, protest as much as you want, disagree with the policies and priorities of Westminster as often as you want, you don’t get to make decisions, you gave us the right to continue to retain power over you in 2014, so shut up and eat your porridge.
Where do these people,and the many like him, get off thinking they can actually tell the sovereign people of a nation that they are not giving us their permission to make our own decisions? We don’t need their permission.
Democratically, in any normal description of the word, where else would you find a situation where a political party which has won every election at every level of government for at least a decade, most recently overwhelmingly skelping all opponents (its main opponent running a campaign solely on the one issue, to stop a referendum) winning over 80% of the seats, being described, daily and consistently, by the media as not being representative of the electorates views, that they are not speaking for Scotland?
Think about that, if you haven’t. Ask your not-yet-convinced friends, neighbours and colleague to think about that too. Come join us.
2020 promises to be crucial in our journey to restoring Scotland’s rightful Independence. All the signs are there that every day more and more of our folk are seeing through the anti-democracy propaganda they are fed 24/7. The tipping point is coming.
A Happy Hogmanay tae all. May we raise a toast..Saor Alba gu bràth