Former Prime Minister, Sir John Major, once known as the "grey man" of British politics, has been having a go at Team Theresa's approach to Brexit, and more significantly, from our point of view, Scottish independence.
Among other things, he said:
Here is yet another English/British politician, after Sadiq Khan, and Jeremy Corbyn, who appears to know nothing about Scotland. If he did, he'd have known that most Scots are comfortable with Scotland being a small nation. We don't have the same craving for status the British Establishment, who are masters of an ordinary, medium sized country, deluded that it is still one of the big boys, a semi-superpower if you like. No, Mr Major, Scotland wouldn't be diminished, we have no pretensions of being any bigger than we are. It is right, however, to say that the rest of the UK would be diminished without us, and that terrifies the British/English elite.
Obviously, there'll be your self-loathing Scots who'll think this a waste of time and money (much how they view Gaelic), and are quite content to see the world through an Anglocentric prism. And, no doubt, there'll be those who say it doesn't go far enough, it's just another outlet for the official British State propaganda broadcaster to do down Scotland. But where do the rest of us stand?
.....and merely moments after my last brief post, I stumble across this on my Facebook feed. Is this a sign that #SNPBad is in rude health, and that the Herald might just be a tad biased, or is it simply that the story is a matter of public interest, and therefore legitimate journalism, in search of truth and justice?
Nevermind that the headline probably ought to have read 'Scottish Government's Court intervention', how much did May's (to follow the Herald's example) attempt to circumvent Parliament cost taxpayers?
The more he says and does, the more I am convinced Donald Trump, aka President Bawbag, is a top drawer zoomer, a first rate roaster, who wouldn't know New Year from New York. He's scary, silly, and surreal. And he's the leader of the free world. How did it come to this?
Oh, for crying out loud! What sort of stupidity is this?Leaving aside the bungled wording of this daft petition, aren't we Scots, or at least those of us who are "British subjects", all in fact EU citizens (for now, at least)? If EU citizens living in Scotland can't vote in any future referenda (pre-Brexit), then who can? What about those born in England, who identify as English, but live in Scotland, should they be excluded? Of course not. And those born in Scotland, who identify as Scottish, yet live outside Scotland, should they be included? Again, of course not, they've chosen to make their lives elsewhere. Tell me if I'm wrong, but I think we got it pretty much right as regards voter eligibility in 2014.
Perhaps this petition should have stated that only those who intend to vote in the way that suits the original petitioner should be allowed to vote in future referenda, as I suspect the aim is to reduce the numbers of those inclined to vote in favour of independence.
Whilst Downing Street has sought to play down a suggestion that the House of Turds could be abolished, should curtain clad peers seek to block the Brexit bill, Doolally Davis, the Secretary of State for Stupidity, has instead, unilaterally redefined the purpose of the upper chamber:
My understanding of the Turds, is that for all its absurdities, it exists to scrutinise government legislation, not rubber stamp it. A quick check on the UK Parliament website bears this out.
We hear all sorts about how it would be a travesty of democracy if the unelected Turds defied the (supposed) 'will of the British people'. And it probably would be, but why should that only apply to Brexit? Largely replacing hereditary Turds with dodgy donors, failed and/or retired MP's, and the like, appointed through patronage, has probably deepened the Turds democratic deficit, though curiously, this is only ever an issue for ministers when "challenging the work of government".
David Davis, who not so long ago was thought to have lost the plot, can make all the spurious references to 'patriotic duty' he likes, but the upper house isn't there, nor should it be there, unelected or otherwise, to pander to the British Government any more than a Federal Judge is to pander to the President of the United States.
Admittedly, this, from a Daily Fail reader is extreme, but I do wonder just how many BritNat's, Tories, and perhaps even the odd self-loathing Scot, secretly subscribe to this view.
It is entirely possible, that when Brexit proves not to be the panacea many in England expect it to be, the views above will become increasingly prevalent. If we are wise, we'll walk away before it gets to that.
This, from Theresa May at today's PMQ's in response to the SNP's Angus Robertson:
" ... but I’m also clear another negotiation is to see as frictionless a border as possible with the EU ... and if he wants that, he shouldn’t want to take Scotland out of the EU by becoming independent."
Really? Sorry, I just don't see how being saddled with this sort of stupidity is "better together".