It’s been a good week. OK, we still have the slimiest evillest Tory government since slimy evil first crawled out of the primordial slimy evil soup – which by a strange coincidence was also the stuff they used to serve up in the school canteen when I was a wean. But apart from that, it’s been a good week.
It’s been a good week because today, the 14th of July, is Bastille Day. This is the day that the peasants of France finally had enough of their ruling classes, and rose up and deposed them. Meanwhile King Louis XVI wrote in his diary for that day “rien” – nothing. You’d think that after 230 years the ruling elites of Europe, and the UK, might have learned by now of the dangers of being so out of touch with public opinion. But apparently not. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.
It’s been a good week because the New Horizons probe flew all the way through the solar system to the frozen depths of Pluto, where it got a much warmer welcome than a benefits claimant in a Tory budget and confirmed that even from that distance George Osborne still looks like a slimy evil lying git far beyond any possible redemption.
It’s been a good week because the Large Hadron Collider – which I keep mistyping as Large Hardon Collider because I can’t get my mind out the gutter, although I’m sure that it’s a sport played in some of the more specialist night clubs – has discovered a new subatomic particle. The pentaquark is mind bogglingly tiny, but it’s still several orders of magnitude greater than Iain Duncan Smith’s generosity.
It’s been a good week because the sun has finally taken its tap aff and keeked out from behind its Scottish blanket of cloud and admitted that it’s the middle of July. Although of course it won’t last. The sun in Scotland is more skitterish than a fox in a room full of Tory MPs.
It’s been a good week because I’m loved up, having met a friend in Boston that I’ve chatted with for years. Our eyes met, and let’s just say that there was a Grangemouth’s worth of chemistry. The dug’s got himself a new American boyfriend. Unlike the sun in a Scottish summer, that’s a warmth that will last. He does read this blog occasionally, and says things like, “What does tap aff mean?” So I demonstrate, and that’s quite enough information.
And it’s a good week because Scotland’s 56 opposition MPs – the Labour one and Lib Dem one don’t count because they’re bugger all use for anything – actually managed to get the slimy evil Tories to crawl back into their primordial evil soup while complaining about the SNP being opportunistic. Which is a bit like Dracula complaining about blood banks.
Davie Cameron is upset because Scotland’s MPs shouldn’t be allowed to overrule England’s MPs, this comes after the single Scottish Tory overruled every single amendment to the Scotland Bill made by the 58 non-Tory Scottish MPs. Paddington Mundell doesn’t have 59 votes all by himself, but he does count on the support of a whole load of English MPs who will vote down what Scotland wants. Cameron doesn’t do irony where Scotland is concerned, or indeed fairness or democracy.
As a result of the SNP’s decision to intervene on the fox hunting issue, the Tories have been forced to withdraw the motion to repeal the hunting ban because they were unsure that they would be able to get it to pass. It’s quite possible that it will not return in this Parliament, or ever, and English foxes have the SNP to thank for it. They’re now free to return to raiding rubbish bins like reporters for the Daily Mail. Although if it had been a vote on whether to allow Daily Mail reporters to be hunted down with dogs, it’s highly probable that the SNP would have voted in favour. I know I would have.
But the real reason for the intervention was to remind Cameron and his minions that they do not always enjoy the crushing majority that they have when they use the weight of their 300 English MPs to overrule 58 Scottish ones. And if they want to play that game, then they ought to be prepared for others to play it back at them. And to play it with considerably more style and panache.
Then it’s been a good week because there was an opinion poll. There haven’t been many Scottish opinion polls since the election, and this latest one asked about voting intentions in next year’s Holyrood vote. This is important, as it’s vital we secure a clear majority of pro-independence MSPs if there is to be a chance of a new independence referendum. And the poll showed that the SNP and the Greens are likely to enjoy a crushing majority in Holyrood.
The poll also showed that 60% of Scots want another independence referendum within 10 years, although most would still vote no – but the good news is that less than a year after the indyref the 55% are now only the 52%, and if we keep up this rate of attrition they’ll be well under 40% by the time there’s an indyref2. You see that light on the horizon? That’s an independent Scotland coming that is.
That the Union is on the wrong side of history was shown by the maiden speech of Scotland’s youngest MP, the 20 year old Mhairi Black. In a stupendous speech she was witty and gracious – and begged Labour to join with the SNP in being a constructive opposition to the Tories. The fact that the voice of Scotland’s youth and Scotland’s future had to plead with Labour to get it to do what it was supposed to be doing all along tells you all you need to know about the likely future of Labour and the Union. Them and the Tories are the Louis XVI of the 21st century – although they’re only in for a metaphorical beheading.
So we listened to the articulate and passionate words of an intelligent young working class Scottish woman, telling them what it is in the House of Commons. And you know that the future is good.
It’s been a good week.
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