The End is Nigh

If, like me, you spent the last week confused about why the SNP was giving credence to Labour’s latest ploy, then lighten up this morning with this gem in the Herald from David Torrance. It will make your day.

Here in one handy article is everything that is wrong with our wee country – among aspiring Scots, in the media and throughout Unionism. This belongs in that corner of each newspaper that should be entitled Today’s Unionist Wishful Thinking.

David has been consulting with his contacts which usually means his former employer, David Mundell, who has for years been a one-man briefing source keeping the Unionist media on message.

We are duly advised that the imperious might of the Scotland Act is about to burst like fireworks over Holyrood and leave the overwhelmed Nationalists gasping in shock and awe. By its very ingenuity and all-encompassing breadth it will crush the Nats’ ambitions and wake up the gullible populace to their shallow chicanery. Their reign is about to end as they are exposed by Tory genius as charlatans. Redemption is on its way, brothers and sisters. The man in the High Street with the sandwich boards was right all along. For the Nats, the End is Nigh.

All great empires must eventually fall, says the headline…indeed they do and that applies equally to the Union which is now on its knees. But with finely-honed perspicacity (or, as Mundell told him) the ground shifted last week and the SNP has finally been rumbled. Because it must be clear to you all by now that they are not really a political party that cleverly got in tune with public opinion, grew a generation of talented politicians and has successfully ran the government for the best part of a decade, hardly putting a foot wrong and hovering up Tory votes along the way. No, they are clever tricksters who have fooled half the entire population into backing them by pretending to be genuine, or left-wing, or something and getting away with it. But Mundell has them in his sights, he’s got Labour to load the ammo and any minute now there’ll be a BLAM! and it will all be over. Ironically though, if David’s beloved Tory Party hadn’t thrown every last penny at Mundell’s seat, he wouldn’t even be here today – except via the Lords, obviously, from where he would still have been Secretary of State, such is the democratic tradition of British Unionism.

Those democratic traditions gave us the Vow which Torrance now declares delivered, although he’s been saying that almost from its inception such is the desperation to draw a line under the devolution of powers or, as he puts, to end ‘grievance’. Nationalists must know that belief in your country and campaigning for national dignity by running your own affairs can never be described as a noble cause. It is merely the expression of a grudge against people you instinctively dislike because of course you’re too primitive to know better. Unionists are more open-minded, non-judgmental and welcoming. Such is the British way. The smugness oozes through the paragraphs.

Another example is the clichéd ‘An election fought on the basis of parties and personalities suits the Nationalists; a campaign based on “record” and policies does not.’ Really? First of all I hardly think the Nats will have to bother with the personality side of things. Name me a single Labour personality. One? OK then, I grant you James Kelly.

Secondly, let’s look at the record since David doesn’t think you’re interested.

Crime is at a 40 year low, with violence down 10 per cent and a clear-up rate the best since records began in 1976. (Crime has even fallen under the media-ridiculed single force).

NHS budgets are up £3b since the SNP came in. Numbers of staff including nurses and doctors are at an all-time high. Prescriptions are free.

Education policy has brought a 50 per cent rise in university applicants from the most deprived areas. Scotland is the best-educated country in Europe, says the UK Office for National Statistics.

The economy is thriving despite global unrest, say accountants BDO and Bank of Scotland.

Standing above all else is the publicly accepted and endorsed policy of always putting Scotland first. Unionists can always point to failures but based on the above, you can see why no SNP canvasser is afraid to go on a doorstep and argue on the record. Just compare it to Labour’s!

Unaddressed here is the elephant in the room – the Scots don’t believe the Vow. Just over a month ago, Yougov found 9 per cent – that’s NINE per cent – believed the Vow had been kept. It looks like wishful thinking that some amendments, changes in grammar and the addition of abortion is going to ramp that up much, no matter how hard the Herald and the Record trumpet it. The whole point of the Vow, as created by the real editor of the Record, Gordon Brown, was that it said nothing that could be confirmed or rejected. It was a scratched together publicity stunt from terrified Unionists who saw the polls turning against them. Smith was a race against time to pretend something was being done and an abrogation of responsibility since profound constitutional change cannot be done in half a dozen meetings with self-interested horse-trading.

Also overlooked here is the message from the General Election – an unprecedented sweep of Scotland in favour of a party of constitutional change – sorry, grievance. You simply can’t casually cast aside, as Torrance does, the effect of the mandate delivered by the voters in what he regards as the Holy of Holies, a British General Election. Taken together with the threateningly high Yes vote, the clear implication is Scots were prepared to stay in Union but, by God, they wanted the Home Rule promised, not a face-saving stitch-up. That’s what the SNP surge was about. The effortless arrogance of those who dismiss the verdict of the voters is the hallmark of the failed state they support…the Unionists assume their own brilliance when they are actually ignoring the obvious. This imperial myopia allied to the affront of EVEL, is feeding the Nationalist beast.

But, when hands get clammy with excitement on the keyboard at the prospect of an SNP defeat, democratic mandates and voter messages can go hang.

What there is here is confirmation from a connected Tory commentator of the Unionist plan built around Smith and the concession of partial tax and welfare powers. Here it is. ‘…with more and more of its budget taken up mitigating Westminster cuts, obviously that becomes much harder to maintain, especially when coupled with a deep reluctance to increase income tax. Not only will scrutiny be greater than ever before but the Scottish Government’s room for manoeuvre much narrower.’ Boom, boom! The Smith process, and Labour’s tax credit scam are nothing to do with the governance of Scotland or what benefits the people might derive. It is all to do with squeezing the Scottish budget and laying rat runs of escape which all lead to unpopularity via service loss or tax rises. There, in a paragraph, is British Unionism’s plan for devolution to Scotland. It is a Fuck-You policy.

As you read down you will see that just before the end Mr Torrance rescues himself from his galloping daydream and sanity intervenes. The shambolic failure of Labour across the UK is pointing, as I said yesterday along with the rest of the known world, towards another Tory government in a few years’ time and along with a possible  oil price rise, could smooth the way for a revived SNP move on a referendum. But still, it seems, for Unionists, fed on thin gruel for so many years, the ground has shifted. So much so, that there is even space to hint at a possible Tory revival – you just can’t escape that constant theme cropping up. I thoroughly enjoyed this column and have resolved to read the Herald again next Monday. They’ve hit on a winning formula here –Inside the Scottish Tory Mind…hours of pleasure.



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38 thoughts on “The End is Nigh

  1. The tactic is and has been, anybody but the SNP,
    The Yoons don’t care who it is as long as they’re compliant, and that’s the big problem with the SNP, they’re not
    So the traps and the unpleasantness will keep coming because that’s the way Britain does business, keep control, squeeze dissent, media use to deny opinion
    The SNP will overcome as they have been doing for some time now by doing a good and efficient job of managing the country and in the not too distant future even the doubters (the reasonable ones that is) will see it
    The Yoons will be as they are, it wouldn’t matter what state the country was in, or it’s people

    It’s comin yet for aw that

  2. The Tories demonstrated during the referendum,their determination to hang onto the Scottish culture of dependency.
    Far better (together even) to depend on handouts than stand on your own two feet.
    This is unionist philosophy and policy in Scotland.
    The Tories can now no longer claim to be on the side of entrepreneurship and enterprise as they appeared to have adopted hard left thinking as far as Scotland goes.

  3. And we have Twitter and powerful word-of-mouth – and Derek – to enlighten family, friends, neighbours. We’re getting there, thanks to these.

    Must say, I’m thoroughly enjoying seeing Scotland winning daily battles against ‘omnipotent’ Unionists; it reminds me of a footie match many years ago, involving a game between Dundee Utd and Celtic, at Tannadice – which Celtic lost by a big margin. Celtic were throwing the kitchen sink at Utd but hitting the post, the crossbar and punters in the terracing, all of this prompted the Utd faithful to strike-up with the chorus (to the tune of ‘Guantanamera’); “Score in a brothel, yeez couldnae score in a brothel – score in a bro-thel, yeez couldnae score in a brothel”…

    Unionists couldnae score in a brothel.

    Great work, Derek, so enjoying your contribution.

  4. They think that we’re buttoned up the back. They really do. On the one hand there are the Tories playing out the rope with which we’re invited to hang ourselves, and on the other is Scottish (ha) Labour winding the rope around their necks as they haver on about ‘mitigating’ Tory tax credits cuts from non-existent budgets.

    Well, it’s just not going to happen. They can give us as much rope as they want but all we’re going to do is yank it. Their naivety and stupidity is mind-boggling. Do they really think that a 45% vote in an independence referendum and returning 45 MPs in a subsequent general election coupled with a competent government that increases its votes at successive elections equals a country of uninformed morons who think the ‘Vow’ has been fulfilled?

    Hard to think of tactics more likely to trigger indyref2 than a Fuck You Scotland Act.

  5. What people like Torrance will never understand is this. The Vow being delivered is not about his or any other unionists opinion, on whether it was delivered.

    It is up to the voters to decide if it was ,or will be delivered. The verdict so far is that it’s not even close to home rule. The problem for the unionists is this. If they didn’t spell out what the Vow was before the referendum. Then people can interpret whatever they thought it meant.

    There was no written Vow and the unionist have been sunk by their duplicity. They had no plan and there never was home rule on the agenda. They panicked and threw the Vow into the mix a couple of days out. They thought if it gets us a win we can decide what the Vow is after the mugs vote for it.

    So the Vow in essence is whatever the Tories decided it was, not the people or the Labour party or Gordon Brown. It was a confidence trick.

    The people are now delivering their verdict on the lie. It’s game over UK whether they like it or not.

  6. “British Unionism’s plan for devolution to Scotland. It is a Fuck-You policy.”

    It always has been thus. Destroyed our heavy industry, sold off our banks, destroyed our airline industry, crippled our renewables industry, aiming to destroy our ability to create enough electricity for our country. The list goes on and on.

    Thankfully there’s now about 50% of the Scottish electorate that has wised up to the ‘union’. The UK does not want a successful Scotland. It would show up the rest of the UK for the sham that it is.

  7. The end is indeed nigh.

    As for Mr Torrance and the governor general? Two irrelevant sources of white noise (propaganda) for the price of one.

    There is no going back.

    For Conservative and Labour alike. I’d say now more than ever, people are watching everything you do and listening to everything you say. Unfortunately for said parties those people are no longer uninformed or apathetic and they are certainly no longer indifferent about their future.

    If you refuse to keep your word on what your cheerleaders led the public to believe, then the electorate WILL hold you to account. Were I a Labour politician especially, I’d consider May 2015 merely a taste of things to come in such a circumstance. You made a solemn promise to the people of Scotland. In fact you made many.

    You promised the devolution journey would yield near federalism. You promised the Smith commission would listen to the people. You promised the elderly their pensions would be safe. You promised work for the yards. You promised economic safety with burdens and hazard borne on broad shoulders of pooling and sharing. You claimed that Scots were wanted in parliament and government, that our voices were essential, that they would be heard.

    On the evidence of the past year, there is only one conclusion to be reached on the record of delivery for each and every one of those pledges and I’ll leave it to the individual to decide upon HMG and BTs performance.

    Tick tock.

  8. smiling vulture

    When the new powers are in black & white,the Scottish people will thinks 9% will go to 4.5% Vow delivered.

  9. Another day – another blow for the SNP. Another SNP=BAD story. Another day where we have to look on aghast, as the Scottish media keep polishing the turd on a stick that is the union.

    You know what? I stopped listening. The only time I get to hear about these “brainfarts for britain” is when I come to sites like this. I’ve already left the Union and the UK in spirit. I ain’t coming back.

  10. You’re lovely when you’re angry. 🙂

    • My fave was “This imperial myopia allied to the affront of EVEL, is feeding the Nationalist beast.”

      Mind you for a pithy summary of unionist party strategy, it would be hard to beat “It is all to do with squeezing the Scottish budget and laying rat runs of escape which all lead to unpopularity via service loss or tax rises.”

  11. “Inside the Scottish Tory Mind” – should that not be “Tory Void”?

  12. David Agnew wrote,’ I’ve already left the Union and the UK in spirit. I ain’t coming back.’

    Perhaps we all need to shout that from the rooftops.

  13. Devolution will kill nationalism stone dead. Ha ha ha.

  14. Yeah, this is personal too – David Torrance is a wanker – pure and simple. Why bother responding?
    Enjoyed reading the summary though, Derek.

  15. Alberto Costa, Conservative for Leicestershire South, is now on the my HATE LIST. The revolting man is using the debate on the Scotland Bill attacking the SNP.

  16. PS Costa is Scottish which is worse. The wonderful Tommy Shephard is speaking now.

  17. Well said, Derek.

    Jackie Baillie, the Daily false-and-misleading Record and others were telling us as early as November 2014 that the vow had been delivered. So, why is it considered worthy of a newspaper report to state in November 2015 that the vow has been delivered? Anything that comes with an instruction to “repeat 10 times to convince yourself” can be safely discarded as trash.

  18. Heidstaethefire

    Please accept David’s apologies, he sent you his letter to Santa by mistake.

  19. Well said Derek.

    Don’t suppose anyone has archived the Torrance article? I’m paywalled (again!)

  20. Costa said (in response to an SNP member correcting his pronunciation of Moray) “I’ve not been in Scotland for 15 years,”
    Correction Costa you’ve NEVER been IN Scotland.

  21. I think the end has arrived Derek.

    You may have been watching or listening to proceedings, but a wee taste to be found here.

  22. I am at a loss to understand why anyone takes David Torrance seriously.

  23. And there we have it. The Westminster parties took a massive shit on Scotland last night and left us with an unworkable mess and called it power.

    Power…its an odd name to give to a polished turd.

    For the Britnats – they are positively aglow with pride at having humiliated their own nation…again.

    Thank christ I’m not British

  24. “When governments rely increasingly on sophisticated public relations agencies, public debate disappears and is replaced by competing propaganda campaigns, with all the accompanying deceits. Advertising isn’t about truth or fairness or rationality, but about mobilising deeper and more primitive layers of the human mind”.
    Brian Eno

    What was it the UN commentator said about the similarities between the UK and the Media in Nazi Germany?

    How many normally mild ‘sensible’ people have you heard of late starting to talk of Revolution as the only answer to this dreadful establishment?

  25. Spot on, as always, Derek. We now need to get out and campaign all the harder for next May and prove to this twat and his masters that we reject their assertion that this VOW (which was a sham from the minute that the Daily Ranger published it) most certainly has NOT been delivered. Since they have failed to give us the ‘near federalism’ that was promised, we will just have to prove our point by pushing 45% to at least 60% and, if they won’t give us another referendum, then UDI follows. We must free ourselves from this unequal union.

  26. Good piece, Derek, but I too wonder at expending energy to respond to Torrances mental masturbation. Such activities should be conducted in solitude.

    There is no cure for some, even in the face of stark fact. Witness today, Dr Richard Simpson, Labour MSP, exhorting people to join him on 14 Nov for a street protest on Tory Tax credit cuts! wtf!

    Tweeters of course pointed out his delusional, arrogant hypocrisy, but people like this are surviving in some kind of delusional construct – it’s embarrassing, except we pay their wages for this trolling.

    Make it stop, folks. 2 x SNP in May next year.

  27. I am worried. Strategists for the Union will have realised by now, that they’re never going to win back the hands and minds of the Scottish people. They realised that during the referendum campaign, and resorted to fear tactics. And it worked. So now they are about strengthening that position, by asset-stripping Scotland in any way possible, so that we cannot afford to contest the status quo by the time we are ready for indyref 2.

  28. This constant repetition that the vow has been delivered reminds me of a famous quotation, namely:
    “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”
    ― Adolf Hitler

  29. The devolution of abortion law is a deliberate ploy. It’s a wedge issue that they can use to create divisions amongst Scots. Just a media-controversy-manufacturing step or two away.

  30. and how does Mr Torrance feel now about “the imperious might of the Scotland Act” that the Hol has blocked it’s further progress for now??? a bit of a brain box is our Mr Torrance. Keep your counsel until you are sure what is going to happen!

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