For some time now, I've been trying to approach everything with a positive mental attitude, correcting myself wherever and whenever I catch negativity creeping in. This includes anger and annoyance. Suffice it to say, that sometimes, some things get the better of me, often stupid things, though by no means always.
As an example, now, whenever David 'Euphegenia Doubtfire' Mundell, Secretary of State for Larry the Cat, appears on the radio, or television, claiming to know that he, the only Tory MP elected in Scotland, knows what is that Scots want, I simply shake my head and roll my eyes, whereas before, I'd have shouted a lot whilst foaming at the mouth. It is the same with Ruth 'Warrior Unionist' Davidson.
I confess, I find it a little harder to keep my cool when politicians from England, be they the Mayor of London, the Leader of the Opposition, or the Prime Minister, come to Scotland and tell us not only what we want, or need, but also what we will get and that we will damned well like it. If I understood correctly, Theresa May told the Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party conference, in as many words, that we've had quite enough devolution thank you very much, there'll be no more of that. As for Brexit, I'd have thought 'bespoke' and 'one size fits all' were mutually exclusive, but Team Theresa appear to think otherwise.
Just who do these people think they are kidding? What on earth possesses Khan, Corbyn, and May, to believe that they have their finger on the pulse in Scotland, whilst claiming that Scottish Government are out of touch? They clearly don't have the slightest clue about Scots, or Scotland. If Davidson and Mundell are May's eyes and ears in Scotland, then she really is none the wiser. As for Corbyn, I'm not convinced he even speaks to Kezia Dugdale or Ian Murray, and if he did, it wouldn't help him any.
It seems to me, and I've said this before, and I'm not alone, that the Tories have taken the result of the 2014 independence referendum to mean that Scotland submitted to being slapped around by Tory England for all eternity. It didn't, or at any rate, I sincerely hope not.
Assuming there is to be a second independence referendum, and it's looking ever more likely, just imagine what the Tories will do in the event of another 'NO' vote. We would be as well to stop calling ourselves Scots from Scotland. The Barnett Formula would most likely end up in the bin, and it wouldn't surprise me at all if they did away with Holyrood and made Ruth Davidson Viceroy. We already know many within the Tory party have barely concealed contempt for Scotland, they'd have no respect for us whatsoever should the worst happen, and you'd be forgiven for thinking, why should they, if we've no respect for ourselves.
To those who will claim that it is not Scots or Scotland, that the Tories at Westminster hold in contempt, but Nicola Sturgeon, Alex Salmond, and the SNP, I would say that's exactly what they would like you to believe. If the Tories seemed less hostile when Scotland was largely represented by Labour MP's, it is because they knew, when push came to shove, loyalties lay with the Union first, Scotland second. No, contempt on the Tory benches for the SNP MP's at Westminster is as much contempt for you, or me. It boils their blood that Scots dare stand up for Scotland, threatening the last vestiges of 'British' dominance.
When the time comes, you can be sure, should we fail to grasp the gift of a second opportunity to do things by ourselves, for ourselves, in the Tories eyes we will be reduced from being a boil on England's backside to being the shit under England's shoe. It will very quickly come to feel like that too.