That seems an appropriate title for this post given the 5th of November is almost upon us. I have many memories from bairnhood of trekking round the doors with my pals collecting old wood and furniture for the annual bonfire, blissfully unaware that the Treaty that would unite the Scottish and English Parliaments was still some 100 years in the future when Guy Fawkes was at large doing his thing. Isn’t it strange that it was taught to us as being part of OUR country’s history in the school curriculum?
Anyway we can surely expect some major fireworks as the MSM erupt like a set of Roman candles with the news that Labour up here have been told that their position is now to back keeping weapons of mass destruction on the Clyde, flying in the face of overwhelming Scottish public opinion. Especially if there are one or two resignations from the party as a result. We can, can’t we? Or will we see them spinning faster than Cotton Jenny with the already-discredited tales of how many jobs will be lost were we to remove these obscene items from our waters? Maybe we should run a sweepstake. The real figure is around 500 which could be more than compensated for with proper economic regeneration of the area by doing something radical like investing the cash we’ll save by not squandering it on things we’ll never use. However, by the time Jackie Baillie gets the press releases out to Labour’s puppets, I’ll be surprised if it’s less than 30,000.
It just looks to me like Ed Miliband is trying to appease the voters in Middle England by going along with the mythology that GB plc is still a global superpower so of course we should have the capability to kill millions at one fell swoop. And if there’s any danger from storing them, well they’re far enough away up in Jockoland, what? Hopefully the prevailing winds will keep any fallout off the grouse moors as well. It’s to the Labour Party in Scotland’s (I refuse to call them Scottish Labour – no such thing) eternal shame that they’re going along with this disgusting waste of taxpayers’ money when there are as many other problems to be tackled. No wonder we can’t get something for nothing eh, Johann? We need all our cash to keep your leader’s ambitions of poncing around on the world stage alive. That’s really what it’s all about – being allowed to play with the big boys. The sun never sets, wider still and wider…zzzz……………
No doubt everyone has seen the unwelcome intervention in the Washington Post on the Scottish independence debate:
“An independent Scotland would significantly weaken the foremost military and diplomatic ally of the United States, while creating another European mini-state unable to contribute meaningfully to global security.”
Strange comment. A mini-state that causes significant weakening? Aye – that one makes perfect sense. I wonder how other European mini-states contributed in the recent Libyan conflict? Oh that’s right, the Danish and Norwegian Air Force bombed nearly 20% of the targets between them.
“Scottish leader Alex Salmond, who on Oct. 15 sealed an agreement with British Prime Minister David Cameron to hold a referendum on Scottish independence by the end of 2014, says his would-be country would withdraw from NATO, expel British nuclear submarines from its waters and keep an army of 8,000-10,000 soldiers.”
Withdraw from Nato? Maybe best doing some basic research first given the recent vote in the SNP conference. “Democracy” it’s called - the type of thing you blast the living sh*t out of sovereign countries trying to impose on them. As for “would-be country”, seldom have I read something that’s put my back up as much! Some of the world’s finest minds were being broadened in our four universities around the same time that the early pioneers were getting tomahawks rammed up their jacksies. Still, I actually love old Uncle Sam and am engaged to an American gal so won’t let the ignorance of some of their press colour (color?) my views.
Never mind all that. Did anyone see the recent interview in the Northbriton with ex-St Mirren, Liverpool and Celtic star Frank McGarvey? An intelligent thinker, good old Frank is a staunch believer in Scottish independence, saying that total self-determination is definitely the way to go for our country. Yes Scotland should be contacting people like this and having them talk to their communities where their opinions are more likely to be listened to than those of a politician. Now working as a joiner, Frank wood definitely be an asset to the Yes campaign. He’d be able to nail all the arguments and hammer home the points. Welcome a-board, Frank.
He also said that Craig Levein should be given more time in the Scotland job. Poor old guy – there’s his mind wandering again. Must’ve heidered too mony leather fitbas…
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