It is a subject this and other Scottish independence supporting blogs are never done having to return to, the incessant false and malicious jibes, usually by wildly jingoistic British nationalist (the bad type)politicians, the salivating kind, making a play on the middle word of the name Scottish National Party.
The latest ripping wheeze, jolly jape, accusing half the country of Scotland of somehow being closet blood and soil fanatics comes from,of all people, the loathsome integrity-free Brexiting sock puppet, a craytur the word sleekit was created for, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lilliput and Bawbagdovia, Michael Gove.
It came in a Commons exchange with SNP MP Steven Bonnar.
Asked a question about whether he believes that withholding the sovereign right of the Scottish people is a sustainable position, Gove, with that perpetual look of his (smarm personified) rose to his feet to have a jab by referring to the Scottish “Nationalist” Party, the standard jibe, but then, buoyed with that overwhelming power the rightwing Brexiteers now have at Westminster decided to take it one step further bit.ly/3abuaJehttps://t.co/Y4HhuQXs3ehttps://t.co/Y4HhuQXs3e
This is an individual who said in a speech prior to the Brexit referendum that the United Kingdom leaving the European Union would be a “galvanising, liberating, empowering moment of patriotic renewal.”
That was an interesting and emotive use of language at the time. A statement which clearly highlighted the enormous great, shaggy haired mammoth in the room that is called the UK, yet somehow many don’t, or choose not to, see it. That statement is the kind of phrase that any unionist politician, even now most on the opposition benches too, would say and not think twice about it.
Does anyone remember at any time, any time at all, before, during or after the 2014 referendum, where the evil nationalist” First Minister of the time, or his ‘vile separatist side-kick’ Nicola Sturgeon mentioned patriotism being anything to do with Scotland’s rightful journey towards democratic self-determination? Can anybody anywhere remind me of a moment since, an interview, an article she’s written, a tweet, anything, where the First Minister of Scotland, or even any of her party colleagues at Westminster or Holyrood, has made this connection? Nope, me neither. So much for Scottish nationalism.
However there is indeed an enormous problem with nationalism in the UK. That nationalism is British nationalism, a nationalism which is so deeply entrenched and entwined within the establishment that control our dysfunctional biased in weighting Union of countries that many don’t even notice that it is there, or if they are conscious of it don’t see it as significant.
This nationalism is xenophobic and isolationist in nature, with public opinion being manipulated very ably by daily news headlines from their media organ 24/7, stoking up hatred and suspicion of foreigners, harking back to some sort of halcyon aged nirvana which never existed when ‘England’ was glorious (for a tiny proportion of it’s population, whose descendants still mainly retain the power).
Above all else this nationalism continues in the 21st century to be elitist, promoting an unhealthy sinister image of British superiority.
Michael Gove can make repetitious stock standard false jibes and quote Dad’s Army all he likes, but he, and his cronies, are the real nationalists, not those sitting on the SNP benches.
#Independence is normal. Being governed by another country is not.