It seems we feeble minded Scots don't know what's good for us. Just as well we have England (cunningly disguised as the United Kingdom) to show us the way, eh? If anyone were in any doubt that this is the prevailing view of the Tory Government at Westminster, they were set straight by Euphegenia Doubtfire, Secretary of State for Larry the Cat and occasional Scottish Secretary, who today told the BBC that whatever "Team UK" managed to salvage from the wreckage that is Brexit, would be good for Scotland.
To make matters worse, so-called Scottish Labour seem to agree with Mrs. Doubtfire. Their head girl, Kezia Dogdoo, is "absolutely clear" that if push comes to shove, the Scottish Government should simply submit to whatever it is the Tories come away with from the Brexit negotiations, by ruling out a second independence referendum. Kezia, poor fool that she is, thinks that by coming together and collectively surrendering to right-wing British/English nationalism, Scotland will somehow be miraculously united. How naive. Or plain stupid.
And before anyone says it, I am not altogether against British/Engish nationalism- they are perfectly entitled to it if that is what they want. I'd just really rather Scotland had nothing to do with it. I am increasingly convinced that there is nothing the UK could do to Scotland that would convince Kezia and Woolly Willie that perhaps Scotland might be better off out of it.
Since when are democracy, equality and freedom of speech exclusively "British values"? Are they even British values at all? There is plenty of evidence to the contrary. What is democratic about a hereditary monarchy, an unelected House of Lords or majority government formed with the support of a little over a third of the electorate?
A sizeable number of "Brits" seem to revel in inequality, finding squalid satisfaction in having someone to look up to, and more still from having someone to look down upon- where is the equality in that? Who will say that there is equality in covering up the crimes of the rich, powerful and well-connected when the poor, the powerless and the dispensable are made an example of?
As for freedom of speech, there are questions we are not even allowed to ask, never mind know the answers to, all shrouded in secrecy behind the veil of "national security". Democracy, equality and freedom of speech, these are the values the British Establishment likes to pretend it upholds, where in reality, it all too often subverts.
Oh for the love of f**k. Social media, at once a blessing and a curse. That's it, I just said to myself, enough writing for today, time to do some reading. And then I stumbled upon this on my Facebook Newsfeed, from the Herald:
"GORDON Brown should return to frontline British politics to take charge of Labour’s push for a federal solution to the UK’s constitutional problems, according to a senior party figure."
"Mark Lazarowicz, a member of the Scottish Constitutional Convention, said he believed the former Prime Minister was the ideal person to lead Labour’s quest to find a balanced and permanent constitutional settlement for the UK."
What alternate universe do these people inhabit? Why would anyone think this is a good idea? This is the same failed Prime Minister who in 2014 famously said: “We’re going to be, within a year or two, as close to a federal state as you can be in a country where one nation is 85 per cent of the population." That went well, didn't it? He even had the cheek to say "I can understand how people are skeptical when promises are made.” Not enough, it seems.
Why should we believe he can deliver this time around, I mean, did he even try last time, or did he just slink off back to his cave, or crypt or wherever it is they keep him? Does anybody even want the what they're offering ? As things stand they're unlikely to be able to deliver before 2025, if then. Anyway, has the quiet, bearded one been consulted on this "cunning plan"? Broon and Blair have damn near killed the Labour Party, and politically speaking, the pair of them need to stay dead. Besides, the only "permanent constitutional settlement" for the UK is Scottish independence.
Not so long ago, Eurosceptics (remember that term?) used to tell us the European Union was not what the British people had “signed up” for when they backed the UK’s continued membership of the European Economic Community in a referendum in 1975. They argued that the Maastricht Treaty of 1992 so fundamentally altered the institution that the United Kingdom had joined in 1973, that the British people ought to be consulted in a referendum, the precedent for which had been set in 1975.
The Eurosceptics finally got their referendum and Brexit is the result. Brexit was not what the people of Scotland voted for in the summer of 2016. Brexit fundamentally altered the United Kingdom in which Scotland opted to remain in 2014. The precedent having been set, the people of Scotland must be asked, in a referendum, whether or not they accept any Brexit deal, and if not, do they then wish to remain a part of the United Kingdom.
An article by the irrelevance that is Kezia Dugdale made it on to my Facebook news feed a few moments ago. Below is an extract from that article:
"Nicola Sturgeon faces a choice – she can accept a Tory austerity budget from Westminster or work with Labour to use the new powers of Parliament to invest in education, schools and teachers.
If the First Minister doesn’t use those powers, she’s no better than a Tory."
It should be familiar to you, because Kezia has said similar things before, though there is every chance you were not listening because she is irrelevant. When she said something similar in May, the few people who were listening did not like what they heard, so Kezia's party came third in the election. I have taken the liberty of rewriting Kezia's own words to form an open message to her as follows:
Kezia Dugdale faces a choice - she can accept Tory government from Westminster forevermore or work with the SNP to campaign for independence and use it to do things differently, to address poverty and inequality and invest in our education, schools, teachers and NHS.
If the Scottish Labour leader continues to support the Union, she has as good as voted Tory herself.
Are we to expect some blue-sky thinking from the generally underwhelming Kezia Dogdoo, in a forthcoming “major constitutional speech”? You will have to forgive me if I do not believe so. It will be no mean feat, if anything the Scottish Labour leader has to say on the issue of the UK’s constitutional arrangements is of any inspiration to me.
I am more than happy for my pessimism to prove utterly unwarranted, though I do not for one minute imagine that this will be the case. Even if what she has to say is deserving of careful consideration, we will know that it has been dreamt up in an effort to make Scottish Labour relevant again and will have had nothing whatsoever to do with any long-held beliefs, values or principles.
The Liberal Democrats have made their fair share of poor choices in recent years. One, was to publicly knife their alcoholic, but highly effective leader, who had lead them to their greatest electoral success since 1923, in the back. Another, was to replace the amiable alky with an insipid geriatric, who lasted about as long in the job, as he used to take to run a 100 metres in a previous life.
And we all know how getting into bed with the Tories ended. Of the few survivors, to be pulled alive from the wreckage of the Lib-Dems catastrophic 2015 general election campaign, the one called Tim was chosen to lead. Tim prays every night. Which may, or may not have helped his cause. After his tragic death, paying tribute in the Commons, Tim had the gall to tell Kennedy's grieving son, who was in the public gallery "I am proud of your Daddy, I loved him to bits, I am proud to call him my friend". Tim was also one of the 25 Liberal Democrat MP's who publicly stabbed Charles Kennedy in the back.
Tim says his party is now "back in the big time" because they recaptured a staunchly pro-Remain seat they had previously held since it's creation, from a Brexiteer who had tarnished his image by flirting with racism in his failed London mayoral campaign. Tim is away with the fairies.
On listening to Willie Rennie at FMQ's some moments ago, I could not help but notice, his aversion to neverendums does not, it seems, apply to Brexit. If Wet Willie is so very eager, to have a second referendum on the terms of Brexit, surely he cannot object to a second independence referendum, should the terms of Brexit be to the detriment of Scotland.