I’m huddled down in the bunker as all around me the blitz continues…shells whistle overhead and burst in the papers, explode through the screen and the rat-a-tat of gunfire crackles nearby. Jobs leaving….companies up-sticks…no currency…isolated…hated…excluded…impoverished…
Now shock troops from England are on their way to reinforce the barrage and if this continues there will be nothing left but a desert. It is a relentless onslaught of death and doom. Scotland? Independent? ? Don’t make me laugh. Just try it and see how you’ll suffer.
Of course this public pounding shouldn’t be regarded as in any way anti-Scottish. Rather it’s for our own good. We don’t realise what we’re doing, as John Major (a new hero of Scottish Labour) made clear on Radio Four.
The big boys – you know, the bosses, the bankers, the MPs, the journalists – they know best and remember how well they’ve looked after our interests…the bosses who filled their pockets and their pensions funds while cutting pay and jobs…David Nish, Standard Life, and his board, gave themselves million pound bonuses after reducing staff and cutting dividends to policy holders. The bankers crashed the economy, destroyed pensions and still got bonuses. The MPs were exposed as crooks robbing the taxpayer, and the journalists…oh, yes the journalists, revealed as ciphers for Establishment propaganda.
Have we forgotten what this campaign is about? The question is: Should Scotland be an Independent Country? Of course it should. Every other country is independent. We are an identifiable nation, currently a region within a state. We will get to elect our own government and make our own decisions over all areas of life. (Like other normal countries we will pool and share – mostly through the EU but also in NATO and in the UK with our currency).
Why so scared? Think of it this way. If we did have a politically mature neighbour we could have discussed this sensibly and a range of agreed options laid before the voters. Instead of running to Vladimir Putin for help, the UK could have discussed what it wanted to retain and share and been honest about Scotland’s contribution. If that excluded currency union, the Scottish government could relay the reasons to the voters without the threat and drama and we could decide another currency option – our own – hurray!
With a sense of maturity and cooperation we could have presented an agreed programme. Where there was disagreement, it could be clearly stated. Minus the rancour, the threats and the game-playing the voters would not have needed to strip out the hysteria and hyperbole. A rational decision could have been reached one way or the other. That’s what tends to happen in other areas of life and business when one partner wants a change.
Would it have sounded so scary if the political class had behaved like grown-ups and accepted it as part of the democratic process? I doubt it. And of course the irony is that so much of the uncertainty was deliberately contrived by the No side as a campaign tactic. As Robert Peston has been writing…the issues of the banks and the financial institutions and the retailers is all the result of the currency issue. If Britain had found it possible to be honest, or even discovered some goodwill, the currency question could have been sorted immediately and the raft of business horror stories avoided.
It is a self-fulfilling prophesy engineered by a mendacious State. It is why from the outset I advocated any option but one that left any control in the hands of the British. We couldn’t trust them in the past (over oil and spending), we can trust them today (over currency and much else) and we certainly can’t trust them in the future either. If you give them any leverage, they will shaft you. If you trust them, they will abuse you. They only ever want control, not equal partnership which also the reason – along with incipient racism – they want out of Europe. It also explains their reading of the Union itself…it was a takeover which extinguished our country, according to them and it means they now hold all the assets and will be continuator state while we are left with nothing – except a share of their debt. Meanwhile they deride us as spongers freeloading off their charity when the figures show the opposite to be true. (1984 anyone?)
How Scotland ended up in this pernicious arrangement and why we still, it seems, wish it to continue, will puzzle future historians not to mention psychologists.
But you know the really scary part? Staying in this defunct Union is the truly frightening option.
Worried about jobs? Since the hated Coalition came in 600,000 public sector jobs have been lost. 600,000. And still the unions back Britain…the budget cuts have only partially begun and the majority have still to be made. The Coalition has in addition earmarked another £25b of cuts. The economy is not in full recovery even now – this is the longest recession in a century. And even as the deficit closes as tax receipts go up, the national debt rises by the minute. A Labour government wont reverse the cuts. In the case of welfare they are planning to be tougher than the Tories. Whatever the risk of independence (prices at Waitrose might go up – is that possible), the dangers of Union for the living standards of working and non-working Scots are staring us in the face.
When those bite and when the Great Broon’s Iron Timetable of Doom dissolves amid backbench revolt and General Election UKIP fever, what will the No voters say? What will Labour people say when poverty gets worse, benefits sanctions increase, when stories of family tragedy emerge (suicides are already occurring) and children are targeted as victims of austerity?
When TTIP is approved covering the whole British NHS and an American corporation buys great chunks of it for profit, will Labour voters say they were right to vote No? Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham said it ‘will open the floodgates for private healthcare providers that have made dizzying levels of profits from healthcare in the United States, while lobbying furiously against any attempts by President Obama to provide free care for people living in poverty. With the help of the Conservative government, and soon the EU, these companies will soon be let loose, free to do the same in Britain.’
Scotland’s health service is not exempted. TTIP applies to the nation state – the UK.
Cameron told us the NHS was safe in his hands after his son died. That has been proved to be a lie. As soon as the referendum is over Labour will say that – across the UK, not just in England and Wales, but here too. Labour will attack Tory policy on welfare on September 19 and Johann Lamont will not be seen on a platform with Ruth Davidson again. Their true colours will again be revealed once Scotland is kept safely under London’s control. Those No-voting Labour people had better get ready for a lifetime of regret if they ‘win’ the referendum next week. And there will be no shortage of Yessers from here to kingdom come to remind them.by