An obvious solution

So one million fewer bottles of whisky are sold in the UK. And this is detrimental to Scotland’s economy. “So what?”, say the British Nationalists with a dismissive shrug and a contemptuous sneer, “The British Chancellor of the British Exchequer must manage the economy for the benefit of the British state.”

And so they must. That is the solemn duty of the British Chancellor of the British Exchequer. Whatever your opinion as to how effectively they fulfil this role, you cannot deny that this is what the role demands. The British Chancellor of the British exchequer is obliged to manage the economy in the interests of the established structures of power, privilege and patronage which define the British state. If doing this disadvantages Scotland or damages our economy, that’s just too bad. We are all grist to the mill of established power.

But to say that the British Chancellor of the British Exchequer must manage the economy in the service of the British state is not the same as saying that Scotland’s economy must be sacrificed in the interests of the British state. There is an alternative. Scotland’s economy could be managed for the benefit of Scotland and all of Scotland’s people.

The Union demands ever greater sacrifice from Scotland. Unionists insist that we must tolerate this sacrifice without complaint and without resort to the obvious remedy. Not only do they say that we must meekly thole the damage being wrought by successive British governments, British Nationalists compound this insult to our intelligence and our dignity by seeking to deny our democratic right of self-determination.

As part of the UK, we are not only prevented from managing our own economy in our own interests, we are expected to accept that we are expendable in the interests of the British state. This is what Unionism means. This is what British Nationalist ideology demands.

We could do things differently. We could take control of our own affairs. We could manage our own economy without detriment to anyone. We could bring our government home.

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About Peter A Bell

Thinker. Listener. Talker. Reader. Writer. No attitude immutable. No conclusion final. No opinion humble. Lifelong campaigner for the restoration of Scotland's independence.
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2 Responses to An obvious solution

  1. John Dickson says:

    a good solid argument Pete, how was conference?


    • Peter A Bell says:

      I really enjoyed conference, John. I always do. But this one more than ever. I reckon Nicola and her team hit all the right notes. And the social side of things was pretty good too.


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