There is no such thing as Scotland. At least, that appears to be the view, of a great many self-loathing Scots. I’ve lost count, of the number of times I’ve heard it said, “Scotland voted to remain in the UK, and the UK voted to leave the EU”, as if this, and the speakers’ exasperated tone, will finally, make me see sense.
There is, a limited degree of simplistic logic, to this. But, it belongs to a more simplistic age. The United Kingdom, may still be a unitary state, but by devolving power, it can no longer lay claim, to a single ‘British’ consciousness.
It shouldn’t need repeating, but alas, the self-loathing Scot needs to be told, Scotland is a nation. A nation, with her own culture, history and politics. A nation, with her own, distinct national ‘Scottish’ consciousness.
That the UK, voted as a whole, to leave the EU, is not in question. What is, is the extent to which the UK Government, should take into account, and try to accommodate, the hard fact that two of the four nations that make up the UK, voted to remain.
The Scottish Government, for it’s part, has accepted that the UK will leave the EU. That does not, and should not mean, that they should stop seeking the best deal possible, for Scotland. Yet, the self-loathing Scot, ever the submissive sadomasochist, seems to believe that is exactly what they should do.
Another favourite line, of the self-loathing Scot, and of his close relation, the BritNat, is “they champion democracy, until they don’t like the result”, as if democracy were an event, not a process. The UK, as a whole, elected a majority Tory government, if only by way of an archaic electoral system, just last year. Does that mean, that everyone who did not, should simply stop voting, or that there should never be another general election? No, it does not. Who would be stupid enough, to say, that it does?
In the same way, the SNP, and the rest of us who yearn to be free from the suffocating embrace of Westminster, should not, and will not, stop advocating independence. Just because, we’ve lost the a battle, we’re not about to give up the war.
I can only shake my head, furiously, every time I hear a BritNat insist that “we were promised that the referendum was once-in-a-generation”.
No, actually, you weren’t. So stop saying it. All things being equal, the 2014 independence referendum, would have been a once-in-a-generation event. All things, however, are no longer equal. Brexit changed all that.
However flawed, the EU referendum was, the result must be respected. That being said, what that result entails, other that leaving the EU, is entirely open to question. Where was the preparation? Where were the plans, to cover every eventuality? Where was the White Paper, as there was in the Scottish independence referendum? There were none.
Such was the arrogance, the ineptitude and mediocrity, of our former Prime Minister, that he failed to factor in, the distinct possibility, that he might lose. And, such was the arrogance, ineptitude and mediocrity of ‘Project Fear2’, that they did lose. So, if there is to be, not a neverendum, but an avoidable, second independence referendum, it will be because the Tory Government has failed. Repeatedly.
They failed to win the EU referendum. If they wish to avoid IndyRef2, they must not fail, to protect the best interests of Scotland. And it will be for Scotland, yes, Scotland, that fierce and proud nation in the North, to decide whether or not the Tories, the UK Government, have succeeded, or failed in doing so.