I had a dream in which Gordon Brown stood up in the Commons and declared that Better Together had failed. It was wrong to scare people and lie about Scotland’s potential so he was announcing today that was leading a one-man crusade to bring Devo Max to Scotland, to be worked out and enacted before the next election.
It was called Home Rule and would deliver devolution of all tax raising powers with welfare, job creation and a guaranteed say in foreign affairs and a seat at the Bank of England and a commitment to rid the Clyde of nuclear weapons in 10 years. No real Labour person, himself included should ever take a seat in the Lords again. He was proposing the same measures for Wales and demanded a national promotion of powers and civil service and quango jobs out of London to the English regions. The number of Scottish MPs would be halved.
‘I invite everyone in this House to back me. I challenge the government to resist! Let us save the United Kingdom and our democracy for all of Britain at the same time…’
When I awoke on the sofa Gordon was indeed doing his James Maxton impression but was offering…a timetable.
In our hour of need the greatest living Scotsman (copyright GBrown) was using his towering intellect (copyright GBrown) to deliver us…a planning grid. It is the Calendar of Destiny.
*On this day limited tax raising powers will be debated with all sorts of people.
*On another day, something in the House of Commons will happen and Labour MPs will cheer.
*Still later (turning pages of Pearl Dragon Chinese Restaurant calendar, Kirkcaldy) you will realise that the block grant will be reduced.
It is People’s Democracy in the raw. He invokes a(nother) national hero.
‘Fellow Scots. You know me as William Wallace. Today, as the enemy awaits across the moor and our freedom is at stake, I hold before you the Clipboard of History.’ (Cheers). ‘With this cherished document we will chart the days and public holidays until the English oppressor can safely forget all about us…’
Britain today became the scene of a Monty Python re-enactment in which the ex Labour Prime Minister spoke on behalf of the Tory government in order to stymie the wishes of the Scottish people. And it was done AFTER many of our fellow Scots have already voted. If there is road out of this withering denunciation of everything Labour once stood for, it may be collective euthanasia.
To me, a non-Labour person, this is treachery of the long history of the working people’s party, making it indistinguishable from the Conservatives with only stand-alone gimmick initiatives stuck like pimples on the face of the British Establishment.
We are witnessing at this time both the birth of a new democracy in Scotland and the death of Labour. I can think of no more lugubrious undertaker than the failed Radical, failed Socialist, failed Chancellor and failed Prime Minister.by