I was sort of hoping the ladies would’ve written the blog for me again this week after their sterling efforts last time. It’s been a really busy week again and I’ve got any number of stories in my Internet Explorer Favourites that were stored as the basis for potential blog posts that I just haven’t been able to touch. In truth I could be posting every day considering the sewage heading the Yes camp’s way.
Before moving on though I want to mention something that ties in nicely with last week’s offering. Being an SNP party donor (not a member – I briefly was back in the 80′s before deciding that being in a political party wasn’t really for me), I received a letter on St Andrew’s Day asking for a contribution to “the campaign”. Presumably this will be the independence campaign? If so, why didn’t this come from Yes Scotland? Why did I also get a window sticker with a totally different logo on it which, after viewing it from 3 different angles, I finally worked out actually said “yes”? If I’m confused then you can bet that Joe Public is too. This needs to be handled and handled NOW. Politics MUST be taken out of this debate as it’s becoming too much of an SNP party election broadcast for how they’ll run the newly-independent nation from Day 1 and is playing right into the MSM’s hands. Just wanted to get that off my chest.
As I said there’s been so much going on this week – Leveson, shipbuilding, etc. and I had a post half-formed in my mind until I read Saturday’s online Daily Mail. You know you shouldn’t but it’s sort of like picking away at a scab. “The Saturday Essay” I think they call it and this week’s was a belter. I won’t link to it here. Google have recently changed their ranking algorithm to give more prominence to pages linked from social media sites like blogs, Facebook, etc. so I won’t do them any favours. Anyway, the apocalyptic title read “The shattering of Europe: It’s not just Scotland, almost every major European nation is threatened by breakaway movements. History tells us the result could be bloodshed, chaos and suffering.” I wasn’t aware bits of Scotland wanted to separate. Is there a Fifers for Independence movement? I might need a passport next time I visit my old dear. Anyway, the author starts off with one of these “in the future” scenarios:
“The year is 2022, and in the gilded splendour of his Brussels headquarters, the EU President is facing a tricky dilemma. Pressure is building on him to finalise his latest budget — yet the problems seem intractable. With so many small new nations scrabbling for funds, agreement seems impossible. Catalonia, for example, is demanding deep cuts in EU administrative expenses, while the Scots are calling for higher welfare subsidies.”
Now that’s not bad at all. He managed to hold off for nearly four complete sentences before remembering where his article was being published. O wad some Pow’r the giftie gie us to see oursels as ithers see us indeed. Everyone knows there’d be no jobs up here post-independence except for those lucky enough to be administering unemployment benefit. All the companies would leave, the lights would go out and the population would regress to cannibalism, chomping up the unwary English traveller rash enough to set foot over the border.
“Like the Spanish, we live in a geographically and ethnically diverse country — once the epicentre of one of the world’s great empires, now bound together by the legacy of history under a popular but elderly monarch. To the great relief of those of us who passionately believe we are better together, polls show the Scottish separatists heading for defeat.”
I know I shouldn’t let guff like this wind me up but there’s that “better together” phrase again. Why? Er… cos we used to have an empire, once ruled the waves and continue to pay a family of foreigners long to reign over us apparently. The Yes sticker is already off my back windscreen.
“Those of us living south of Hadrian’s Wall will find ourselves in a rump kingdom of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The nationalist momentum would probably be unstoppable — and soon one country would become four.”
I could’ve been a Daily Mail writer if only I hadn’t stuck in at geography during my school years. Remind me – how is Newcastle United’s application to join the SPL coming along?
Things get even more bizarre though:
“But the rise of separatism is also a reminder that no nation lasts for ever. Look at a map of Europe in 1912, 1942, 1962 or even 1992 and you will see a very different picture from that in 2012… Another country facing disintegration is Italy, which never existed as an independent entity until the 1860s. Its people lived for centuries under different governments, the regions were at totally different stages of economic development and even ate completely different food. Perhaps, it really would be better to break Italy up, with Tuscany, Venice, Naples and Sicily all going their own way, rather like the states of the former Yugoslavia.”
Strange – it’s fine for these regions to go off on their own, but an ancient nation like Scotland? Different matter entirely. Still, you can guess the path that the mention of Yugoslavia led us down…
“As the media whipped up a storm of xenophobic feeling, neighbour turned against neighbour, with devastating consequences. Some 14,000 people were killed in Croatia’s war of independence, while in the bloodstained republic of Bosnia, rival nationalist thugs killed a staggering 64,000 — many of them women and children… Few nations disintegrate without some bad blood or even some bloodshed. And the results are usually very different from what the nationalist partisans expect… It may seem far-fetched to imagine ethnic purges, prison camps, streams of refugees and cities under siege. But it has not only happened before — it was the stuff of daily headlines just 20 years ago.”
Aye that’ll happen here too no doubt. If we ethnically cleansed places like St Andrews there’d be nobody left! How long do you think they’ll be able to hold out if they all seek refuge in the castle there? We could storm it from the beach but it’d probably be easier to enter through the Historic Scotland shop. Not so much far-fetched as completely round the twist. What a load of complete and utter s***e!
“For the past four centuries, since the union of the Scottish and English crowns under James I in 1603, we have shared a common history. Working together, we founded the most successful state the world has ever seen, unleashing the power of industry, the genius of science and the force of our moral example to lay the foundations of the modern world… To throw all this away in the name of a petty and narrow-minded nationalism would be a tragic waste of all we have achieved — leaving us weaker, smaller and poorer.”
Hardly a waste. Nobody’s going to uninvent everything. Folk will still be able to watch telly and stuff like that. It’s just that most of the map won’t be coloured red any more. Get over it.
“Of course, all states have a naturally limited lifespan.”
You said it. Especially ones created against the wishes of the ordinary poeple on both sides of the border. It looks like the sun has well and truly set.
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