Isn’t Brexit great? It’s creating loads of job opportunities for Britain’s young people. Now your kids can aspire to do all those minimum wage backbreaking unskilled agricultural labouring jobs that East European migrants used to do. Isn’t that marvellous? You thought that little Katie might go into engineering, but no, her country needs her to pick the fruit for all that innovative jam instead. You know, the jam that Liam Fox’s department thinks that the French are going to need, so they’ll cave in to all of Britain’s fruitiest demands.
But it gets even better, because we’ll be having none of that pesky interference from Brussels, we can have good old fashioned racist jam with ethnic stereotypes on the label. On a personal level I’m delighted with this news, as it means I’ll be able to secure a meagre living of some sort picking raspberries, since satire in the UK has been overtaken by reality and the biggest raspberry of all is the one that the Tory party is giving the people of Scotland.
The EU is giving all young EU citizens a free railpass so that they can experience the culture and diversity of the continent, they have the right to work and study in 27 countries. In the UK working class kids will get a bucket and will walk doubled over down a row of potato plants howking totties, doing the sort of jobs that their ancestors did over two hundred years ago before the industrial revolution and then returning to a rented hovel. Neo-serfdom, it’s the new British civil right in a country that works for everyone, or rather, works everyone into the ground.
According to our fruity masters, the neo-serfs are going to be involved in the design of the new patriotic British passport. That’s the one that’s going to say entry denied to any British citizen that’s hoping to live, work or study in Europe. I suggest a red circle with a white bar across it surrounded by a border of barbed wire. No welcome for foreigners into Britain, no escape for British citizens abroad. Little Britain in its glorious isolation stewing in its own racist jam.
Just a few weeks ago our unelected PM told us that the Union was precioussssss and she wouldn’t consider triggering the Brexit process until there was a UK wide approach. Theresa May herself told the Scottish Tory conference in 2012 that Scotland and England were equal partners in the Union. Now she’s triggering Brexit and bugger what the Scottish government and the Scottish people think. There’s that respect and affection that Westminster has for Scotland right there, stuffed in a jar with some rotten fruit. It’s a peculiar definition of equality.
A second indyref is now a certainty. There is as much chance of the so-called reverse Greenland as there is of Ruth Davidson actually conceding that her party has failed to deliver any of their promises made to Scotland during the independence campaign. It’s only the Scottish government that is expected to respect the result and the commitments made. Ruth thinks that the 2014 indyref gave her party a free pass to do as it pleases in perpetuity. Material changes of circumstance don’t come any more material than a Scotland that voted to remain a part of the EU by a considerably larger margin than it voted to remain a part of the UK being dragged against its will into a hard Brexit. We are where we are because of the historic failure of the Unionist establishment to deliver on what they promised Scotland. We are where we are because Unionism has failed and has been shown to be incorporation and abnegation. If Scotland really was an equal partner in a free Union of nations none of this would be happening.
It’s time for the Labour party and Lib Dems to face reality. There is only one way that Scotland can maintain its EU membership. There is only one way in which the democratic will of the Scottish people to remain engaged with Europe can be fulfilled. It’s time for Labour and the Lib Dems to stop playing fantasy politics and to allow those of their members who choose to do so to campaign freely and openly for an independent Scotland. It’s time to grow up. It’s time to take responsibility. Stop posturing, stop claiming that you can deliver the impossible. It’s either a modern outward looking civic Scotland that engages with the rest of the world and works to build social equality and justice at home, or it’s decades of authoritarian Tories taking an axe to your rights and consigning your kids to a future of unskilled labour. That’s your choice. No other options are available.
May has announced a start to Brexit, and has given away her bargaining chips with the rest of the EU. All the Tories have is jam and all Labour has is Jerusalem. All the cards are in European hands, all the power rests with Brussels. The EU has no need to negotiate a trade deal with the UK with anything like the urgency that the UK needs to negotiate a trade deal with the EU. The Tories claim that Europe needs British goods and services, but the truth is that Europe would be more than happy for those companies to relocate to an EU country after Brexit. The EU will be happy to block the UK from the single market if the UK insists on no freedom of movement, it will create jobs for workers in other EU countries.
The only way for Scotland to preserve its status a modern European nation is to make a break from a Westminster which is unfit for purpose. Westminster is careening headlong into an economic and political catastrophe that will last for generations. But Scotland doesn’t have to follow it over the cliff edge. We can be that other EU country that British companies relocate to. It’s time we left the UK and left Westminster in a jam of its own creation.
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