This week we discovered that the Chilcot report found Blair guilty of taking the country to war even though it was very far from being the last option. We discovered that most of the Parliamentary Labour Party are venal careerists who put their place in the Commons before the good of the country. We discovered that even the Tories think Michael Govefish is a treacherous wee sleazebucket with the morals of a mantis.
And what’s the big story this weekend? It’s the mother of all arguments between Andrea Leadsom and Theresa May over Leadsom’s comments about who has the better uterus. Because apparently the state of your reproductive organs makes all the difference to your ability to become the most reactionary right wing authoritarian Tory leader that the country has ever seen. It’s the only organised labour that they approve of.
Andrea Leadsom thinks that being a mother is so important that she wants to strip other mothers of their maternity rights. The May supporting half of the Tory party are furious about the comments. Not the ones about removing maternity rights, they’re quite happy with anything that puts money in the pockets of businesses and makes working people weaker. They’re unhappy with the implication that Theresa May being less suited to be Prime Minister because of her lack of children.
Theresa May’s lack of children has no impact whatsoever on her ability to be Prime Minister, Theresa May isn’t suited to be Prime Minister because of her lack of humanity and basic decency. Andrea Leadsom isn’t suited to be Prime Minister because her CV is even more ficticious and fanciful than the Da Vinci Code, although that never stopped Iain Duncan Smith. IDS claimed he’d been to the University of Perugia when what he actually meant was that he’d visited there one weekend and had an icecream in the piazza with his missus. Andrea Leadsom is really fed up with all the criticisms of her CV. She didn’t have to put up with any of that when she was on tour with the Beatles.
It’s not just her inventiveness with her CV that makes Leadsom a frightening prospect as PM. She’s on record as stating her unhappiness with gay marriage. She wants to remove most employment rights. She also thinks that Scotland is a land of subsidy junkies, yet she’s determined that we sould continue under Westminster rule. After spending the last few months campaigning for the UK to leave the EU because she didn’t want to keep subsidising the rest of Europe, Andrea wants Scotland to remain a part of the UK so that she can keep subsidising us. In her dreams, at any rate. Her comments about motherhood are possibly the least objectionable thing about her.
Ruth Davidson tweeted that she is also childless, and like all childless people she has an equal stake in this country’s future as those with children. And Ruth would be entirely correct, although those same Tories like Ruth who were angered by Leadsom’s comments didn’t seem too upset when the Better Together campaign made similar comments during the last independence campaign about the childlessness of Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon. It was perfectly OK for spokesreactionaries of the Better Together campaign to make snarky remarks that neither Alex Salmond or Nicola Sturgeon had a stake in Scotland’s future because they were childless. Ruth didn’t put out any angry tweets condemning the tactic. Funny that.
Theresa May’s supporters are positioning her as the moderate candidate. This is like claiming that Hannibal Lector is a moderate cannibal because he hasn’t devoured as many people as Sawney Bean. May would be the most right wing authoritarian leader of the Tory party ever, but then so would Andrea Leadsom. Whichever of the two wins, the UK is heading towards a nasty xenophobic right wing future, one in which it’s increasingly clear there is no place for Scotland except as a source of skilled labour, energy, and capital for London, and as a place to store the UK’s nuclear weapons.
Some in the Tory party, that would be Murdo Fraser, have published a paper saying that Britain needs to become a federal state in response to Brexit. Apparently we’re already the most devolviest country in the history of devolving, but now it seems that we can be devolved even more. This proposal is Better Together Mk II getting the Vow Mk II in early because the last one worked out so well for Scotland. Scotland would still be taken out the EU against its will. We’d still be dragged into illegal wars. We’d still be hosts to the UK’s nuclear dick waving missiles. Tories don’t believe in federalism, only feudalism.
While the Labour party consumes itself with an attempted coup by the entitlement faction of the Parliamentary party, Davie Cameron (remember him?) has decided to bring forward a vote on the renewal of Trident. The economy is tanking, the pound is plummeting, millions face a precarious future because of the damage to the economy caused by a Brexit which no one in the Tory party had a plan for, but we’re still going to spend £200 billion on weapons of mass destruction just so British politicans can maintain the fantasy that they are important and influential actors on the world stage.
If Scotland remains in this dysfunction that passes for a Disunited Kingdom we’ll be nothing more than a glorified carpark for weapons of mass destruction. Labour wouldn’t be in any position to oppose it even if they were disposed to. So if Scotland is under constant assault from an uncaring Conservative government, and when the Labour party is willing to protect us they’re unable to do anything, and when they are able to do anything they’re unwilling, then just what is the point of remaining a part of the UK?
Labour always used to tell Scotland to suck it up and suffer under Tory rule, reminding us that in a few years time we’d have another General Election and a chance to get rid of them. But Labour is going to be as useless in five years as it is now, and Brexit is forever. We’re not going to suck it up, and we’re not going to suck up Trident either.
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