At the crossroads

We joke about Scotland being told to “Eat your cereal!”. A phrase derived from one of more dire pieces of propaganda produced by Better Together/Project Fear during the first independence referendum campaign. It is wry humour. Nobody acquainted with Scotland’s political circumstances takes lightly the very real threat posed by a British establishment driven by the imperative to preserve the structures of power, privilege and patronage which define the British state.

Make no mistake, the ruling elites of the British state will stop at nothing in an effort to quell the tide of democratic dissent risen in Scotland. They want us back in our box. It has always been so. What has changed is that we now have an administration in London which, more than any other UK Government of the modern era, is prepared to trample underfoot even the most fundamental democratic principles in order to get its way.

Our right of self-determination is threatened. A democratic right guaranteed by the UN Charter is menaced by the same unsavoury alliance of forces which previously corrupted the democratic process with casual lies, vile smears, ludicrous scaremongering and patently empty promises in order to deny the sovereignty of Scotland’s people. Aided and abetted by eagerly compliant media, the British parties are frantically trying to prevent a new independence referendum. Theresa May has gone so far as to openly declare that the coming local elections should be turned into a plebiscite on whether there should be another independence vote. Hard-line unionists from all the British parties are being urged to join forces in an effort to deny Scotland’s right to determine how it is governed.

Our parliament is threatened. British nationalists have long regarded the Scottish Parliament as an anomaly. They see it as a crack in the edifice of the British state which has as its foundation the absolute sovereignty of the Crown in Parliament. And, since the SNP formed its first administration in 2007, they have viewed it as an ‘unfriendly power’.

Our distinctive political culture is threatened. The British establishment is determined to destroy a political culture which enables Scotland to maintain a public service ethos that has already been almost entirely eradicated in England. Difference is detested. Distinctiveness is abhorred. The contrast between Scotland and the rest of the UK is a growing embarrassment to ideologues who insist that there is no alternative to their socially corrosive and economically iniquitous policy agenda. Scotland must be made to conform. It must be brought into line. To whatever extent our distinctive political culture may represent a flickering flame of hope, it must be extinguished.

Scotland stands at a crossroads. Nobody is joking any more.


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About Peter A Bell

Thinker. Listener. Talker. Reader. Writer. None of my attitudes are immutable. None of my conclusions are final. None of my opinions are humble.
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3 Responses to At the crossroads

  1. bettyboopwp says:

    A short, but, I think, accurate account of where we stand right now.

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  2. jdman says:

    If they (incredibly) describe SNP as an “unfriendly power”
    the responsibilty for that lies squarely with them, we have consistently voted for a different form of governance, and the SNP have consistently (and publicly) shown themselves to be conciliatory to the different wishes of England and Wales,only for our concessions to be rebuffed so the “unfriendly Power” is unequivocally Westminster!

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  3. Yes, very well said Peter. Living through the Scottish Covenant of the late 1940s, the gerrymandered 1979 vote on the plan for a Scottish Assembly, the 1997 vote to create a Scottish Parliament, and lastly the 2014 Scottish Referendum, I do believe that the forthcoming Scottish Referendum will be our last chance to gain our independence for many years to come, and since the British establishment are very well aware of that fact, they will do anything, use any underhand methods, to try to derail our campaign, and prevent us becoming an independent country.
    Our problem is that our opponents have almost complete control of the M.S.M, which they use on a daily basis to promulgate a biased agenda in which Scotland, as a country, is a basket case, and could not in any sense survive as an independent nation.
    Done sometimes in a subliminal manner, in this, and many other cases by their main attack dog the B.B.C, two main stories in the last few days have, by association, blamed the Scottish Government, when in fact the real culprits were Labour controlled councils.
    A more blatant example is a lie told by a B.B.C “journalist”, Douglas Fraser, in completely misrepresenting something said by John Nicolson, M.P, about the now defunct Scottish Six. No apology, no retraction, just a blustering statement denying the facts.
    And that is the nub of our problem. Once the false news headlines are out there, the electorate see, read it, or hear it, and it becomes very difficult, as we are playing catch-up, without a sympathetic media to assist us. The opposite in fact is true, as we are faced with an aggressive opponent, backed by the full power of a British establishment absolutely determined not to lose the wealth of Scotland, because if that happens, they are finished.
    If anyone thinks this is an exaggeration of the power of the British State, I once had personal experience of the dark side in action, where I was on the “right side”, and believe you me their reach is awesome, so whenever the next Scottish Referendum is called, we are in for the fight of our lives.

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