The ignorocracy of a shrivelled balloon

We need to calm down about the BBC. Scotland voted no, and that means that the people of Scotland surrendered all and any right to input on our devolution settlement. We will get what we’re given and should tug our forelocks like good North Britons, and go and be grateful that Edinburgh Castle has been plastered with a giant Union flag. The BBC just as it is is perfectly able to provide Scotland with totally unbiased Great British broadcasting. People who voted No voted for everything to remain exactly the same forever, say the people who promised that a No vote was a vote for safer and faster change.

So said Philip Davies MP, or at least that is what his comments boiled down to. Actually what he said was that Nicola Sturgeon needed to calm down following her “demands” that Scotland should get its own public service television channel. Of course the fact that Nicola had not demanded anything is irrelevant. All she really did was to air the suggestion that the BBC adopt a federal structure and as part of this Scotland should get its own dedicated channel. Her suggestions were in fact originally proposed from within the BBC itself, before being dropped on account of costs and uppity Scottishness.

But then any suggestion from a supporter of Scottish independence counts as a demand and a threat when the Union dangles from the fraying thread of 384,000 votes. Listen very carefully and with every slight and put down you can hear another strand in that thread pull apart. We’re respecting the views of the 55%, and we’re respecting the fact that they’re declining in number with every passing day.

Phil was speaking at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, which may or may not be another of those international Scottish arty festivals that’s never been directed by a Scottish person. I’ve no idea, to tell the truth, all I know is that if the festival had never had a Scottish director it would be wrong to point it out and if you did then one of Scotland’s legion of right wing newspaper columnists would write an angry article about the evil of anti-English racism that lurks at the very core of every Scottish psyche. Except for those Scottish psyches which are right wing and North British of course and which do their best to do an impression of not being a Scottish psyche at all, a definition which conveniently includes most of the modern Labour party.

Neither do I have any idea who Philip Davies is, nor why his opinion on the future of Scottish broadcasting should be considered newsworthy. However it didn’t take long to discover that Phil is, not to put too fine a point on it, about as relevant to Scottish broadcasting as a five day old shrivelled balloon lurking behind the sofa is relevant to creating a cheerful party atmosphere. Possibly pointing that out also makes you an anti-English racist, or at least anti-balloonist, but frankly I am way beyond caring.

Phil’s one of those white able bodied middle class heterosexual Conservative men who are very quick to claim victimhood status. White able bodied middle class heterosexual Conservative men with high paid jobs and a public profile are subject to more discrimination than anyone else, apparently. Or at least, since they are white able bodied middle class heterosexual Conservative men with high paid jobs they’re far more important than anyone else and so any slights they perceive must natually be more important than the discrimination experienced by lesser mortals.

These are the same mental gymnastics which go behind complaints by the aforesaid rightwing Scottish commentators about perceived anti-English racism from Scottish people and allows them to ignore the far more blatant anti-Scottish racism which peppers the pages of the rightwing UK press like those wee bits vegetable matter that litter the vomit of a drunk. That’s just a bit of banter, humourless nat. But if a Scottish person makes equivalent remarks about the English it’s proof positive of the atavistic impulses and blood and soil nationalism that’s the real hidden face of separatism. Or something.

But back to Phil. Phil fancies himself as a contrarian, which is to say that he’s your typical middle class golf club boor-bore with the opinions to match. The Tory MP for Shipley feels that it’s an appropriate use of his time as a parliamentarian to send a stream of letters to the chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission demanding to know why the Black and White Minstrels are offensive, and whether the Metropolitan Black Police Association is racist because it doesn’t represent white police officers. Phil isn’t any more enlightened when it comes to people with disabilities. He called for disabled people to be paid less than the minimum wage because they’re “less productive”.

Phil is likewise deeply unenlightened on the rights of LGBTI people. He wants people who aren’t heterosexual to get back into their box. This may or may not be the same box that Scottish independence supporters are supposed to get back into, but it’s quite likely that it is. Phil also hates the EU, women’s rights, the Human Rights Act, thinks we need to imprison more people, and is one of those Tory Neanderthals who gives Neanderthals a bad name. The real Neanderthals were welcoming of the Cro-Magnon migrants, and cared for the sick and the disabled, which is a lot more than can be said for the Tories.

Having been uncertain who Phil is and then finding out, I’m still in the dark as to why his opinions should have been sought on the future of Scottish broadcasting. I’m even less sure why those opinions, once expressed in Phil’s inimitable style, should have been perceived as being important and worthy enough to be plastered over the pages of a number of newspapers.

But then we voted No, and having voted No we were voting for the future of Scotland to be a hostage of fortune to the mouthings off of the Tory Phils of this world. It doesn’t matter that he knows as much about Scotland as the average rightwing Scottish newspaper columnist knows about the finer points of linguistic methodology, he’s a Tory MP accountable to no-one in Scotland, and his prejudice outweighs any fact, his ignorance counts for more than any knowledge.

Scotland isn’t a democracy, it’s an ignorocracy where decisions are made by shrivelled balloons.

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20 comments on “The ignorocracy of a shrivelled balloon

  1. Itchybiscuit says:

    You pricked that balloon rather deftly. :o)

  2. daviddynamo says:

    I think that your point that Philip Davies’ views were reported in several papers is important, even more important than the content of what he said. The mainstream media is walking in lockstep, almost as if they have decided/been ordered to follow the same anti-Scotland, SNP bad, line.

    I quickly wiki-ed him, and at the beginning of the article it is reported “he is the most rebellious currently serving Conservative MP, having voted against the Tory Whip 120 times”. That sounds good, made me think maybe he is a free thinker. However, further reading shows that he rebels when the Tories aren’t nasty enough, or right-wing enough, for him. Dear oh dear. Just another attack dog to unleash on the revolting natives.

  3. Brian Robertson says:

    Ugly truths eloquently defined. It’s difficult to take Mr Davies seriously, but, for the time being, let’s make the most of the bampot, fill yer boots Phil!

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  5. scotsgeoff says:

    Mr Davies sounds like England’s very own John McTernan – the bold & barmy McT tweeting today that the Union Flag plastered over Edinburgh Castle was ‘Scotland’s flag’ that ‘Scotland voted for’.

    Nowadays it is difficult to tell which are the parodies.

  6. Jan Cowan says:

    It’s almost as if the big boys can’t be bothered. They appear to consider Scotland’s future sorted. BUT all these silly insults are slowly seeping through to many who voted “no”.
    Given a few more of these plus the excitement generated pre-2016 Scottish elections and we’ll be close to INDY2.
    Paul, you always manage to voice our thoughts exactly; but in your very own incredibly unique style. Thank you, yet again.

  7. says:

    Reblogged this on Bampots Utd.

  8. Saor Alba says:

    “Shake your chains to earth, like dew,
    Which, in sleep, hath fallen on you.
    Ye are many, they are few”.

    Percy B Shelley.

  9. Steve Asaneilean says:

    I have been doing a lot of reading lately about the British in India and India’s fight for independence from the UK.

    It’s astonishing how the present day words and attitudes of the likes of Davies, McT and the rest of the UK right wing commentariat against Scotland and the Scottish people matches almost exactly that of the Imperial government in the 50 year run up to Indian independence.

    We really are the last vestige of that Empire.

  10. Unfortunately, the comments made by Davies, are just the “same old, same old”. This has been happening for over three hundred years, only nowadays we get to hear of them quicker because of modern means of communication.
    Whether the term “brainwashing” existed before the Korean War I don’t know, but that’s when I first heard about, in relation to U.N P.O.Ws. And this is what has been happening to Scots for centuries, orchestrated of course by successive Westminster Governments, and promoted by a compliant M.S.M.
    So, nothing is new under the sun, it’s just another obstacle on the road to our eventual independence, and while I wish that the next referendum was being held this week, I’m afraid, as Nicola pointed out this week, we are nowhere near that point in time.
    And because of the incessant propaganda pumped out on a daily basis by the B.B.C, and their allies in the print media, we have a long road ahead to try to convince the people who voted No the last time, to change their mind, and put their X in the Yes box to make Scotland an independent country.

  11. artyHetty says:

    Great article thanks again. And yes Alex regards Indy ref2, but what will it take for the ignorant no voters to realise just exactly what it means to be ruled by a barbaric and show no mercy master.

    I guess things will have to get pretty tough before most of them see the union for what it is. Shame on them for failing to have enough compassion to consider the plight of their fellow citizens who suffer under the present ukok regime, and ensure that Scotland moves forward and away from that deliberate attack on the people. Only Independence will give us a chance to ditch governments we do not vote for.

  12. Tinto Chiel says:

    A deservedly severe gutting of another Establishment windbag, Paul. Great stuff. If only he would read it…

    Whenever I encounter people like him or listen to the BBC, this quotation comes to mind:

    “Deprive the people of their national consciousness, treat them as a tribe and not a nation, dilute their national pride, do not teach their history, propagate their language as inferior, imply they have a cultural void, emphasise their customs are primitive, and dismiss independence as a barbaric anomaly.”

    The words of a John Boothman or Ken MacQuarrie or some other Establishment mouthpiece? No, those of SS Gruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich as he outlined how to “Germanise” Czechoslovakia. Chillingly familiar, isn’t it?

    No wonder, after 300 years of these kinds of tactics, 55% of Scots can’t vote in their best interests.

    The BBC is still our biggest obstacle. That’s why blogs like yours are so important .

  13. macart763M says:

    You have to ask yourself why sometimes?

    What does it profit these people to insult and denigrate a partner? Why the casual and sometimes not so casual racism? The same goes for those into party politics. Are their parties (tribes) so very important to them that damaging their political opposition has become more important than the welfare of their communities? Have they become so blinded by their prejudice both constitutionally and politically that our suffering has become acceptable collateral damage?

    The answer apparently, is yes.

    The politics, the tribalism has indeed become more important than our welfare, than our rights, than our freedoms. Clearly for anyone with half a brain the UK state did not expend so much effort and influence to hold onto Scotland and the UK entity out of the goodness of their hearts. This was no act of selfless generosity and charity by a kindly and well meaning partner. Scotland is no economic basket case and never was. By any measure, and that includes if you are one of those deceived into believing Scotland merely a region in a ‘united’ enterprise, Scotland and its diverse economy is the most successful and diverse part of the current UK economy outside of London. A country that was always easily capable of catering to the government and needs of its population. So, not too poor.

    For every struggling small nation in the world which the media and the establishment used as an example of Scotland’s independent future there are, for any who care to look, as many and more small nations who are roaring economic and societal success stories. Some no that far away either. Numbers have absolutely nothing to do with how effectively your society is governed or how well your economy is managed. So, not too small.

    A population however, that isn’t engaged in their governance and fed on a daily diet of politically motivated negativity and denigration liberally seasoned with air headed celebrity bullshit and sound bite culture is so much more malleable. So, too stupid? Some would say there’s an argument there, but I don’t think so.

    What we have learned in the past four years is entirely how intentionally ill informed and poorly served we have been. We’ve been kept ‘stupid’, because an informed and active population is dangerous to those who would direct events, people, retain their positions and careers. Scotland is becoming less stupid, less led by sound bite and propaganda by the day. Our population has learned a lot in that four year period and the process has only just begun.

  14. Liz S says:

    Apparently he shares flat with Esther McVay……enough said ! lol Ya couldnae make it up !

    Thanks for another fabby article love love love your writing cannot wait for your book !

  15. Liz S says:

    oops sorry Esther McVey not McVay lol !!

  16. arthur thomson says:

    Thank you as always.

    It is upsetting to keep getting publicly knocked back but every time it happens someone decides they have had enough of supporting their masters. One grain of sand at a time and we will succeed.

    Even the most brainwashed will find that one of the long list of inequitable arrangements – in this case the BBC – will be the straw that breaks the back of their acceptance of the ‘better together’ lie.

  17. Dave MacIntyre says:

    Was at the Book Festival in Edinburgh today and still amazed how many eejit still want to listen to Crash Broon. Even more amazed at the queues to get a signed copy of his book.

    The only consolation was that it took him half an hour before the queue dissipated but the author beside him spent two hours, so there is some hope.

    I managed to ask Broon what he was doing about the vow, to which he replied, “we delivered”.

    The man’s deluded but I thought, despairing a tad, we sure have a long way to go!

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