It’s another fun-filled week in the calamastrophe that is the disastrous dysfunctional Disunited Kingdom, and it’s only Monday afternoon. Many think that Britain has turned into the Magic Kingdom on a very bad mushroom trip, but you do come back to your senses after taking magic mushrooms even though you feel like crap and suffer from nausea. The same can’t be said for the UK. Feeling like crap and suffering from nausea is the usual state of affairs if you live under Westminster’s misrule, and your political masters have no sense to come round to.
Any bad set of circumstances can be managed and mitigated with good leadership, as Nicola Sturgeon is showing in Scotland, the real calamastrophe for the rest of the United Kingdom is that it has no effective leadership at all. Its political masters put career before party and party before country. That’s what got us into this mess in the first place, that’s what’s keeping us in it, that’s what will make the future for millions of people bleak and hopeless. None of them are willing to accept any sort of responsibility for the disaster that they’ve created, they’re all far too busy blaming other people and jockeying for position.
Having acted like a wee claque of alkies who pissed all over the carpet in you living room after trashing your house during a drunken party, Boris, David, and now Nigel Farage have all slunk off quietly leaving others to clean up the mess. The three men who bear the greatest responsibility for plunging the country into the greatest crisis since WW2 won’t be sticking around to repair the damage. The truth is that none of them expected the Brexit, none of them had a plan for it, all it was ever about for them was a means to promote themselves in the public eye and get one up over their party rivals and keep themselves firmly esconced on the gravy train.
Nigel announced his resignation on Monday morning, saying that he’s done his bit for his country and wants to spend more time with his German wife before she gets deported. The producer of BBC Question Time is distraught. Nigel wants his life back, and Scotland wants its EU membership back.
According to some reports David Cameron and his wife are considering buying a property in Scotland. So having given us the Brexit on the basis of preventing immigration, Scotland is still going to get Davie as an immigrant. Meanwhile future of the hundreds of thousands of EU citizens living in the UK is going to be held hostage while the Tories sort out their leadership issues and then negotiate a Brexit and George Osborne is going to start the transition of the UK into an off-shore tax haven for the rich and the corporations. That’s the Brexit Britain we’re now living in, where ordinary people are shat on while the rich and powerful work out how best they can profit personally from the confusion that they’ve created.
British politics has now completed its transition into the human caterpillar with backstabbing, Davie got backstabbed by Boris who was backstabbed by Mikey who was backstabbed by Teresa, while over in the Labour party everyone is trying to backstab Jeremy. Everyone else has resigned even though they should have remained in post to clear up the mess they’ve made. Even Chris Evans has resigned, but Jeremy is staying in post even though a large majority of his elected colleagues want him to resign.
The UK might have changed utterly. We might be sailing in uncharted waters, and battering the ship of state on the reefs while our political parties argue over who gets to become captain of the sinking ship, but you can always rely on BBC Scotland to act as though nothing has happened. It’s a beacon of changeless certainty in a sea of change. It’s just a shame that their beacon of certainty is the Labour party in Scotland, which was the first casualty of the reef collision. On Monday evening we are to be treated to a debate on BBC Scotland about the future of Scotland in this post-Brexit world. Well, I say debate, what I really mean is three Unionists ganging up on a solitary person from the SNP while the Greens don’t even get inside the building.
On Pacific Quay, it’s like none of the elections of the past 10 years have happened and we’re still stuck in a pre 2007 time warp where Labour reigns supreme in Scottish public life. Labour still reigns supreme in the BBC Scotland news department management, that’s clear enough. In a country where recent opinion polls show that a majority of the population support independence, where the Labour party is now the third placed party in the Scottish parliament and has been pandaficated at Westminster, BBC Scotland’s idea of a balanced panel is two Labour politicians, a Tory, and someone from the SNP. This sort of balance is exactly why BBC Scotland’s reputation is plummeting faster than the UK’s at a EU popularity contest.
No doubt the audience will likewise be carefully chosen to reflect BBC Scotland’s management’s idea of balance, which means that it will be packed with bitter-ender Unionists and apologists for Labour and the Tories. If you want to know why it is that BBC Scotland is losing the trust of the public, you only need to tune in to the Yoonfest with Glenn that passes for a debate. Scotland is part of a UK whose leaders are in denial about the mess that they’ve created and who refuse to accept responsibility for it, and they’re reported on by a state media which is in denial about the mess it’s created and which refuses to accept responsibility for it.
The UK is a dyfunctional state led by dysfunctional politicians and reported on by a dysfunctional media, both of whom look back wistfully to a nostalgic golden age that only ever existed inside their own heads. The reality for citizens is an uncertain future, increasing debt, insecurity in employment, growing xenophobia, the glorification of the military and the royal family in lieu of democracy, while our civil and employment rights are evaporated. As the fog of Brexit slowly lifts, it becomes clearer than ever that our only solution is to get out of this mess by voting for independence in a second indyref. Otherwise we condemn ourselves to a permanent bad trip in the nightmare of the Magic Mushroom Kingdom with its permacalamastrophes.
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