The Opposites of Traitors

The logic of scorpions extends to many a party.

Mind how I say the Opposition Party are not traitors? Neither are the UK Government party – if anything, they’re the opposite of traitors. They may talk about how proud they are to be Scots – and they do, at length. They may claim they put their constituents’ interests first and foremost – and they do make such claims. But they are members of a party which is dedicated to the perpetuation of their chosen state. Their state is the United Kingdom. They can never work with the cause of independence, for it represents nothing short of an existential threat to them. Keep this in mind, next time you see some pundit acting surprised that a member of the UK Government’s party voted with the UK Government, even if they are Scottish. “Scottish” doesn’t enter into it. Scotland doesn’t enter into it. It never did.

I’ve had a look through the maiden speeches of all 12 new MPs who, we were told, would vote as a bloc for “Scotland’s interests.

Scottish Tories expected to vote as bloc to protect Scotland’s interests
Sources say leader Ruth Davidson will tell MPs to champion Scotland in Westminster, adding to pressure on Theresa May

…Scottish Tory sources say Davidson will use her authority by asking all 13 MPs, including the Scottish secretary, David Mundell, to “champion the Scottish national interest” both at Westminster and inside the government.

That includes fighting for greater Scottish powers and spending on fisheries and agriculture during and after the Brexit negotiations, to reinforce Holyrood’s existing powers in both areas under devolution.
She is also expected to ask the UK government to fund the Borderlands initiative, a cross-border economic and infrastructure investment coalition of English and Scottish local authorities which UK ministers had promised to support. The Scottish Tories won all three Borders seats on Thursday.

See if you can square their honeyed words with what happened last night. I would simply love to know how they think they are representing the interests of their constituents by denying their Scottish Parliament the right to even have a fair say in the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.

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Sick

Today is St. Andrew’s Day. This is how Google, the world’s most popular search engine, chose to mark the day.

This is how BBC Question Time chose to mark the day. “A nation of equals” with no representation of one of the “equals” on a UK-wide TV programme, on one of their national days. “Lead, not leave.” “We will never have been so popular.”

Except we’re not. We never were. We never will be. Not when the needs & wishes of England are more important – after all, there’s more of them, isn’t there? Needs of the Many, and all that. So Grimsby and Cornwall and the Fishers and Farmers and Wetherspoons and all the other places that voted or advocated leaving the European Union can demand exemptions, but Scotland, where every counting area voted to Remain, & multiple European figures asserted their enthusiasm for Scottish EU membership, gets nothing.

This is every single day in Scotland for independence supporters. The rest of the world looks on us as a de facto real county, if not de jure, inviting our elected representatives to speak at Arctic Circle conferences, UN talks, the European Parliament. Our own “public broadcaster” harangues us with the drip-drip-drip of mediocrity & inadequacy, about how other elected representatives call our government a failure at everything from broadband to bridges to schools to pensions, regardless of whether our government is even permitted the ability to affect those things in any real way.

I had a bit of a meltdown elsewhere on Social Media:

Several outright, brazen untruths in the past few days, unquestioningly repeated by media. Silence from other parties. SNP respond – react – on the defensive. They’re distracting us. Preparing. Something’s really scared them.

The pseudo-generosity – “£2billion for Scotland! VAT exemptions! All thanks to Scottish Tories!” – suggests groundwork being laid for 2 possibilities: – Snap Election 2 – Breaking Sewell Convention

If it’s Snap Election 2, clearly trying to present Scots Tories as “honest brokers” with UK Gov – when promoted by media & met with silence from other parties, easy to push a Big Lie like that.

If it’s breaking Sewell, then Scot Tories can just say “look, we got an extra £2billion & VAT exemption, you can trust us, right?” for everything from overruling Holyrood, to repatriating powers, to even more. Notice the rise in “abolish Holyrood” vox pops?

There are 3 Big Lies for each of the major UK parties’ Scottish branches: Scot Tories: “we can reason with the UK Gov, & Deliver for Scotland!” Scot Lab: “we can ensure a Corbyn Gov, For the Many!” Scot Libs: “we will do anything to stop Scotland leaving the EU!”

Tories do what their party (or a major subfaction within) tells them. Lab could never guarantee a Lab government even if they won every Scottish constituency. Libs reject even considering independence as a possibility to maintain EU membership.

I’m just so utterly tired of it all. I’m sick of their lies. & their cruelty & their hate. I’m sick of everyone falling for it. I’m just sick of this twisted, hateful mockery of a democracy.

I’ll be away for a while longer – not long, I hope, but enough to recharge. I’ve had a helluva time of it the last few months, & it’s likely to continue for a bit. A minor illness means I can’t grin & bear it anymore. So, a break from the siege.

I’ll be back.

Making a Mockery of Tragedy

I wasn’t going to comment on a recent piece in an anti-independence newspaper which once again chooses to inflate a stushie into a stramash, ably deconstructed here. But I do have to comment on this:

“That march showed that elements of the Yes movement are no better than the White Supremacists who ascended upon Charlottesville or the yobs within the Scottish Defence League.”

At the same time as this, we had the former chief of Project Fear and the billionaire author & professional litigator both promoting an identical “Brexiters are copying the Yes Campaign” agenda to newspapers you normally wouldn’t associate with left-wing, socialist sympathies. This would be tasteless any time, let alone the anniversary of the 2014 independence referendum which still hurts every independence supporter to the bone. But to do it when the Spanish Government – the same Spanish Government who they so eagerly acclaimed as another reasonable voice against “separation,” & who then-UK Prime Minister David Cameron actively collaborated with to thwart Scottish Independence – is actively suppressing the Catalonian’s right of self-determination in a manner more reminiscent of mid-20th Century Spain?

Aye, it’s terrible when friends fall out.

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I Wish I Could Understand It

I wish I could understand pro-independence folk voting for Jeremy Corbyn’s party. Really, I do. I know more than a few people personally who staunchly support independence, but who wanted to support the last great hope of the British Left – and so, voted for his candidate. I even remember this back in the 2015 General Election campaign, where folk I know who were deeply involved in RIC, the SSP, and non-party initiatives told me they would’ve voted for a socialist candidate with a red rosette.

I’ve thought about it for months, now. I still don’t get it. Put aside the fundamental issue of independence (or even respecting the mandate of the Scottish Parliament to even hold a referendum, let alone the notion of independence itself) for me, and there are still so many dealbreakers. The party is committed to renewal of nuclear weapons – dealbreaker. The party is committed to a complete UK-wide withdrawal from the European Union despite Scotland, Northern Ireland, & Gibraltar voting to stay – dealbreaker. The party refuses to adopt even the extreme compromise of Single Market Membership & retention of Free Movement – dealbreaker. And that’s not even considering the fact Corbyn’s party will stop at nothing to destroy the SNP, even if it costs them a shot at government.

I mean, look at this. For God’s sake.

Wings provided a very short and concise piece of advice for Mr Corbyn, but there’s one problem: Mr Corbyn’s party are 3rd in all 13 Scottish seats currently under occupation by Theresa May’s party. Of those 13 seats, a paltry 3 of them appear in the 150 best shots for a Corbyn gain:

Renfrewshire East, Scotland: 7,150 majority, 6.65% swing to win

Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock, Scotland: 7,526 majority, 10.28% swing to win

Aberdeen South, Scotland: 9,603 majority, 10.91% swing to win

All but two of the UK Government Party-held seats in Scotland require a greater than 10% swing to win. Mr Corbyn’s party needs 325 MPs to vote for him to become Prime Minister. As Wings says, even if you replace every single SNP MP with one from Mr Corbyn’s party, his net gain is 0. Unlike David Cameron’s party devouring their erstwhile coalition partners, Corbyn taking SNP seats cannot provide him with a majority, be it the 18 marginals, or even all 35. Even taking every single seat in Scotland would not be enough for an overall majority, and would rely upon a pact with the decidedly unreliable Coalition Party – which neither side is remotely interested in.

Is there anywhere – anywhere at all – that Mr Corbyn could find more seats?

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Choosing Our Battles

This may shock and scandalise you to learn, but I am not a supporter of the Labour Party; neither am I a resident of England or Wales. However, if either those descriptions were true, I have my ideas about how best to achieve Jeremy Corbyn for Prime Minister – mostly, by replacing existing Conservative MPs with Labour MPs.

This should not be a difficult concept to grasp, should it?

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A Few Thoughts On What In Blazes Is Going On

In fierce anguish & quenchless flames
To the desarts and rocks He ran raging
To hide, but He could not: combining
He dug mountains & hills in vast strength,
He piled them in incessant labour,
In howlings & pangs & fierce madness
Long periods in burning fires labouring
Till hoary, and age-broke, and aged,
In despair and the shadows of death.
– William Blake, depicting post-Brexit Britain (probably) in The Book of Urizen

You know what? Forget my worries about being a Cassandra. I’m just going to call it like I see it. World’s mad enough as it is.

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