Ah, the comforting succour of the enduring Union, that sense of being precious, loved, respected, protected from self-harm. It would make ye weep.
We wait, and wait, as a chamber of former Tory, Labour and Liberal politicians, wealthy business people who have been rewarded for financially contributing to these political parties, ageing celebrities, sportspeople and a classy bra designer who likes to remind democratically elected politicians that the Tory government rewarded her with a cushy number for life whilst he will ultimately be unseated, again by democracy, so nah nah nah nah nah, decide the fate of the future governance of Scotland’s farming, fishing, environment, parts of renewable energy, elements of health & safety and working conditions and many more powers which currently sit within common EU regulations.
Living in Scotland you reside in a country where systems and protocols are in place, and the continuous promotion and reinforcement of institutions and traditions are designed, to give you the impression that you live in a democracy, that your views count, that major decisions that impact your life are made by majority ballot. Democracy is held up as a fundamental cornerstone of the society you are a part of.
Yet nearly 20 months after the people of Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain in the European Union their views, their majority decision, their individual and personal investment in democracy, is completely shunned, disrespected and ignored.
We are not to be trusted with our own fate. This is for the simple reason that if we were trusted with our own fate those who currently hold all power, those within or who influence the government of the neighbouring larger county which governs us, would find themselves weaken, would see their grip loosen, would see their personal and corporate wealth come under threat, would see their established channels for redistributing the wealth of a nation to the very privileged few dissolve.
Democracy does not really exist in the U.K. It never has.The current debate on the EU Withdrawal Bill in the unelected House of Lords is just one of very many examples which prove that.
The ruling party of government in London pulling all the strings currently have less signed up members of their party, from a population of 65 million people, than the SNP, who only have members from a population of just over 5 million people.
As for the wealth of a nation itself do the fluctuations in the forecasts for the future longevity of Scotland’s prime natural resource make you curious, particularly around the times of elections or referendums? We are being duped.
Scotland, as it has been for many years now, is being systematically parted from its wealth. Asset stripped. When we’re just a husk, when they’ve had it away with the final lightbulb it’ll be fracking next.
The challenge is to make sure that more of our country-folk grasp these points, through the noise and jingoistic screech of the daily British nationalist propaganda that comes at them in waves. This is a challenge we must overcome if Scotland is to once again take its rightful place as an independent member of the community of world nations.