As further evidence emerges of the criminal incompetence of the Tory government, what a disinterested observer would surely find most perplexing about the situation is the attitude of the unionist parties as typified by the call from British Labour in Scotland (BLiS) for a “Brexit Support Fund”. On the one hand they insist that Scotland’s economy is better served by remaining part of the UK. They tell us that no Scottish Government can possibly have the competence to run our affairs. They stubbornly maintain, against all evidence to the contrary, that any UK Government – of whatever hue – must inevitably be better at managing Scotland’s finances than a government actually elected by the people of Scotland. They endlessly repeat the mantra that Scotland is “Too wee! Too poor! Too stupid!”, while carefully avoiding those actual words.
And then, when the Westminster elite screws up in some magnificent way, the same people who have put all that effort into telling us Scotland is inherently incapable immediately demand that the Scottish Government step in with measures to mitigate the impact of the UK Government’s ineptitude.
These British nationalists are adamant that Westminster should have ultimate control over what portion of Scottish revenues is returned to Scotland. Then they want substantial chunks of the allowance that is supposed to be applied to the needs and priorities of Scotland’s people diverted to subsidising the British state’s economically destructive and socially corrosive austerity fetish. Policies that have been repeatedly and comprehensively rejected by Scottish voters.
Our disinterested observer would have great difficulty making any sense of this. They might well suppose that the British parties in Scotland are engaged in a malicious, ideologically motivated effort to undermine Scotland’s economy. They would certainly conclude that the British parties were putting the preservation of the union before the interests of the people of Scotland. They would be bound to wonder why the people of Scotland tolerate this.