This is the week

A guest post by Samuel Miller

This is the week where Government, political class, nations and their electorates divided in a court room. This is the week where Scotland found out the true meaning of devolution, better togetherness, pooling and sharing and the nature of political union under the ‘Mother of Parliaments’.

This is the week where Gordon Brown’s carpet cruising vision was finally put to rest as it met with the reality that is the United Kingdom establishment. A quick refresher from 2014 –

“We’re going to be, within a year or two, as close to a federal state as you can be in a country where one nation is 85 per cent of the population.” (Yeah ‘country’ I know, but he said it not me, OK?)

“There is now an all party agreement that they will bring in big changes after the referendum. I believe that there is no alternative but to introduce these changes, which would be taxation powers for the parliament.” (Epic LOL!)

“It would mean that there would never be anything like a poll tax or a bedroom tax or rail privatisation imposed on Scotland against its will. There is a mood that too much power rests in London” but that this is about to change.” Gordon Brown (UH HUH!)

Spookily, HMG and Lord Keen, (HMGs chief counsel for the stomping of rowdy neighbours), disagrees with Mr Broon’s devovision and assurances. As covered by this site only yesterday, in exceptionally colourful and easily understandable detail, the government’s stance is basically that devolution means ‘dae as yer telt’. The Scotland act, the Sewel Convention, the Smith Commission, Scotland Bill debates, the most powerful devolved parliament in the world (if not the universe). ALL of that nonsensical bill of goods sold to the Scottish electorate, boils down to so much empty rhetoric and stage dressing so far as Westminster government is concerned.

To those who voted no last time out and may now be regular readers, its worth bearing in mind that however deluded the former PMs pledges and assurances were, he was a former PM. He also had the weight of the UKs media behind him to sell this bullshittery to the electorate and the tacit compliance of the then party leaders and current Prime Minister. None of whom, by the by, saw fit to correct Mr Broon or enlighten the public as he paced holes in carpets and gesticulated theatrically to terrified pensioners and rent a crowds the length and breadth of his ego. It was a hard sell on a truly massive scale. It had to be.

So in this week of ALL weeks, why oh why does Labour in Scotland’s Kezia Dugdale think its a good idea to have a ‘major’ speech on devolution and a federal solution? Clearly Ms Dugdale didn’t get the memo from HMG, or perhaps doesn’t understand the nature of devolution? Mibbies she disnae huv a telly or read the papers? In any event, an epic example of political naivety, truly bad timing and utter pointlessness.

To quote another famous Labour ‘big beast’, Jack Straw, on the matter of devolution and devolved legislation:

“English MPs control all the money which Scotland receives – is that ‘fair’? England constitutes 85% of the UK’s population and 87% of its wealth. It was English MPs who agreed to devolve some powers to Scotland in a Westminster Act of Parliament; but year by year controls over public spending levels for all of the UK continue to be exercised by Westminster. And power devolved is power retained, not ceded.

We’re all perfectly clear on the matter of devolution, power and the union at this point, yes?

So where am I going with this? Well to be blunt, people needed to hear it. They needed to hear from Westminster governments’ own lips the truth of devolution and the union. This is about understanding the nature of a thing. The why and the how of it.

Back in 2014 a good many folks in the pro independence camp argued themselves hoarse that THIS is where our devolution ‘journey’ was headed. Commentators, campaigners and supporters alike were shouted down by the mainstream media and establishment political class. They controlled the narrative and the messenger (shrugs). There wasn’t a title or broadcast channel that didn’t carry pro union commentators and pundits waxing lyrical about the idea that if Scotland voted no, devolution to the max and near if not actual federalism was where we were headed. They sold people on the concept of an offer which never was and never could be on the table. The narrative was deliberate. It was calculated. It was misleading. (and I’m being kind in that description)

Well, the reality couldn’t have been made any clearer on Tuesday by HMGs own counsel no less. Power devolved, really is power retained and not ceded. Westminster ‘ALLOWS’ the Scottish parliament to exist. Its powers now as then, are in the ‘gift’ of Westminster government and legislation. What can be gifted, can be amended or taken away on a whim. When Scottish democratic mandate or legislation doesn’t suit, as in this case? Technically they can be utterly ignored and the democratic deficit that is when the reality of UK politics is made manifestly clear.

THAT is the true cost of a NO vote from 2014. Your choices, your rights, your mandate, your voices ignored because they don’t suit the agenda of central government, or their political needs. Devolution does not work for Scotland, because it was never intended to work for Scotland. It was always intended to work for central government. (see under Jack Straw)

This is the week we found out that the truth of the union, is that there is no union. There is no partnership, equal or otherwise. There is no family of nations, not on the political level and never was, only a means of asset management and crowd control. A long chain which Westminster may have called devolution, but still a chain for all that.

Now the good news.

That chain can be yanked in two directions. In fact in the right circumstance, as two years ago, it can be broken altogether. The laws, the procedures, the legislative bodies, the national and international precedents which brought about indyref 1 are still relevant today. The UN charter still recognises a population’s right to self determination and no one, not President, Prime Minister, First Minister or meeja mogul can deny the Scottish electorate their inalienable right to choose.

If you want your vote, your mandate, your basic human rights to matter, then by now you know what to do. Should the opportunity arise and our ‘devolved’ government in Holyrood asks the question? You and only you can mandate them to become our national government. To go from being a nation in a one sided union where your vote is regarded as an irrelevance, to once again become a nation state where that vote decides the nature of your government.

This could be the week you decided to have your voice heard.

P.S. As an excellent dissection of the ‘devolution journey’, you can’t do better than this link to Wings.

37 comments on “This is the week

  1. strathedin says:

    Superb…but please… “counsel”…not council…??

    Well, the reality couldn’t have been made any clearer on Tuesday by HMGs own council no less.

  2. jdman says:

    Nice one Sam, you havent lost any of that fire!

  3. jdman says:

    Good one Sam, not lost that fire I see.

  4. jdman says:

    Nice one Sam, not lost any of that fire I see. 🙂

  5. Kangaroo says:

    Agreed.

    It was all laid bare by Keen the lickspittle.

    Anyone who still disbelieves the reality needs to read the transcript of his testimony to the Supreme Court at page 74 of Tuesdays transcript to be found here

    https://www.supremecourt.uk/news/article-50-brexit-appeal.html

    The lickspittle is identified as “The Advocate General for Scotland” a Westmonster Gov position and title which no doubt he thinks is deserved and requires deference. Bollocks.

    His testimony is that of an arrogant prick who thinks highly of himself, being above everyone else and therefore is entitled to the ermine.

    His testimony is full of bluff and bluster and shows a total lack of understanding of the constitutional position of Scotland in the UK.
    Westmonster is going to get creamed on this issue.

    May day, May day the Union is dead.

    Tick, tock, tick tock…..

    • ” Keen the lickspittle”. Thanks Kangaroo. I was searching for a word or phrase to describe this person, one that wouldn’t get me instantly barred, after I had the misfortune to hear him in the S.C. That this place-person is in the position he is in, is an affront to all the peoples of Scotland. Along with Mundell, this pair of chancers, promoted well beyond their capabilities, are examples of persons bought and paid for with Westminster gold, under orders to keep Scotland, and its people, subservient to the to the Mother of all Parliaments.
      Whatever the verdict the judges at the S.C deliver, and the subsequent attitude of H.M Government, it will only further demonstrate to us the utter contempt in which they hold our country, and its people, further strengthening our cause in the lead-up to Indyref2.

      • Guga says:

        The term “Mother of Parliaments” Is, of course, typical of the arrogance of the English. Their undemocratic assembly is no more a mother of parliaments than my parrot is.

        The genuine Mother of Parliaments is the Althing, the parliament of Iceland founded in the year 930. The Anglo-Saxons were still rolling around in the mud under their Norman overlords in 930.

        The English parliament is still as totally arrogant as the day it was founded.

        • Guga says:

          Wee error there, the peasants were still rolling about in the mud long after 930, and continued to do so long after the Norman overlords took over in 1066.

    • Morag says:

      Keen the “brain the size of a planet” who was counsel for Lamin Fhimah at the Lockerbie trial in 2000. Got his client off by a bit of legal trickery but at the cost of landing Megrahi right in it.

      The thing is, there was clear evidence, in the possession of the defence at the time, to show that both accused were factually innocent. Keen didn’t spot that. Such a clever man? Or I sometimes wonder which side he was really batting for at that trial.

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  7. Marconatrix says:

    I´m just starting to look into the NI arguments in the SC case.

    These are even trickier than those around Scotland. They bring in the GFA which counts as an international treaty, and in effect a written constitution for NI which can only be altered with the consent of the people. It´s all tied up with EU law, and NI of course voted to stay in.

    At the very least this should hold things up for long enough to give Scotland plenty of breathing space, and it might well bring in the RoI as well.

    It looks like there will have to be special provision for NI, so that immediately sinks May´s insistence that the UK leaves as a single unit with no exceptions.

    • Kangaroo says:

      Yes. This was always going to be a sticking point. I guess Mayhem wants to have a “Get out of jail free card”. They will blame Scotland and NI for being unable to Brexit.

      All hell will break loose. Wangland voters will potentially demand Scotland be kicked out. After all using the Westmonster narrative “why would Wanglanders want a bunch of benefit scroungers that Wangland supports to have any say in their hallowed country.”

      Could work really well.

  8. Sandy says:

    Great start to your spell at the helm, Macart.

    Kezia’s ‘intervention’ was truly laughable. Aside from the obvious question as to who would believe any promises from Labour, she should have been asked ‘What is your Plan B for when England refuses federalism because they already believe Westminster is their parliament?’

  9. Macart says:

    This piece from Mr Macwhirter on the Herald is well worth reading. Unfortunately archiving doesn’t work on the page so the link is live, but worth it all the same.

    http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14952700.Perfidious_Albion_is_at_work_in_its_dealings_with_Holyrood/

  10. Shug Curtains says:

    archived link: http://archive.is/wD2kb

  11. Seph says:

    As far as federalism goes, I can’t think of a single historical example of a unitary state spontaneously converting itself into a federal one: the United States, Canada, Australia, Germany all formed from previously independent (even if, as in the case of the US, only briefly) states joining themselves into a federation. Can anyone else think of an example of the former scenario?

  12. Tinto Chiel says:

    An excellent article which deserves a much wider audience, Sam. I’m sure more No voters would think again if they had the chance to read this in larger numbers.

    To be fair to England (*smiles incredulously at what he has just written*), it has never regarded the Union as one of equals but rather a bribe and bully exercise so Scotland could be “catched” and the back door closed against the Jacobites and/or the French.

    The comfortable and complacent Scottish bourgeoisie, those desperate to sit up straight for Nanny England and the fleg-wavers and walkers are the most stubborn anti-Scotland groups.

    Light-bulb moments may still occur in the first two if they get access to articles such as this.

    Mair poo’er,etc.

    • maxi says:

      Tinto,your first two lines say it all.I despair at the efforts of no voters as they try and justify their pointless loyalty to the union.
      ps. And i don’t mean people with financial incentive?.

  13. Dan Huil says:

    May is already admitting concern if her poisoned offer of IndyRef 2, but only AFTER brexit, is anything to go by. The FM rightly turned that down. Soft No voters must see that Westminster britnats are using them fo their own perfidious ends.

  14. Elizabeth says:

    Excellent article. But I don’t believe Jack Straw was ever elevated to the peerage. He was desperate to get into the upper house but his shenanigans in the fake 2015 interview set up by Channel 4 Dispatches prog and the Daily Telegraph did for him (and another greedy pig Malcolm Rivkind). I believe he’s still just plain ex MP ‘Jack Straw’

    • Macart says:

      No, Jack Straw never made the peerage. I think the nearest he ever got to a title was ‘Lord’ High Chancellor. 😀

      My poor attempt at sarcasm and a wee dig at Mr Straw’s expense I’m afraid. I’ll amend to ‘big beast’ and save confusion. 🙂

  15. Dan Huil says:

    Just in case you haven’t see the whole film on the bbc’s misreporting of IndyRef1:

    http://indyref2.scot/london-calling-the-documentary

  16. Brian Powell says:

    lordy Ali Darling backed Kezi’s wheeze, I guess he didn’t get the memo either, but funnily enough he used to be in the UK Government so he should know, indeed Labour set up most of the Devolution charade.
    We don’t need to keep listening to the UK Government decide what they will allow. The UK Parties attempt to isolate us in Westminster, OK then let’s go.

  17. bedelsten says:

    Yup. Agreed. Couldn’t, still cannot, and probably never will for the life of me understand what Keiza Dugdale is on about suggesting that the country which, in theory, has the bestest ever devolved system – honest to god cut my throat hope to die – should need a better one. And why choose of all days to stand up and spout such fatuous nonsense when, not far away, a much more important piece of theatre was taking place.

    And what theatre that has been. From which we have perhaps learned that the devolved governments are nothing more than a bit of play acting, of no consequence and the big boys can, at any time, blow the whistle, call a halt, ring down the curtain and shout ‘supper’ before bed time. But we should have known that all along. It’s not like a real government where you get to rule even if you get less than 30% of the vote, or you get to rule if you have enough money to buy a peerage, or you get to rule even if no-one voted for you. This might not go down well.

    And I must say this my Lords, and Lady, that it is not of no inconsequence where my usage of the language should, however inadvertently, appear, and I do say that I apologise my Lords, and Lady, if it does so appear, and if this is the case it will appear in the transcript, that having appeared to appear it should be apparent that the appearance can appear deceptive, apparently, which, my Lords, and Lady, is not the intention of the usage aforementioned. I rest my case because it is full of worms / words / holes (delete as desired).

    The latest news is, apparently (oops) that the Westminster Government may, at its discretion, grant Scotland another referendum once the Brexit negotiations are complete. Well, thank you so much. That is so kind. A much better option, in my mind anyway, is that this is a decision for the Scottish Government, not the government darn sarth. But then, as we learned over the past few days, it is just a pretendy government, albeit one voted in by a majority of the electorate (just!), and one where the leader is voted in by the governing party. Sounds like democracy to me. I wonder if it will catch on.

  18. Home Rule, Federalism, Devo Maximus, the most devolved Parliament ever devised by Mankind.
    The Labour Branch Office’s Norwegian Blue, nailed to its perch, pining for the fjords.

    Far be it for a tenement dwelling semi educated social status craving faithful retainer like me to comment on the Branch Office’s Dead Parrot.
    Cleese did it so much more incisively.

    “Now that’s what I call a dead parrot.
    That parrot is definitely deceased.
    It’s bleedin’ demised.
    It’s not pining. It’s passed on.
    This parrot is no more.
    It has ceased to be.
    It’s expired and gone to meet its Maker.
    This is a late parrot. It’s a stiff.
    If you hadn’t nailed it to its perch it would have been pushing up the daisies.
    He’s oof the twig. He’s kicked the bucket.
    He’s shuffled off his mortal coil, and run down the curtain and joined the choir invisible.
    THIS IS AN EX-PARROT.”

    Now what part of this does Kezia Dugdale, Ian Murray, Clunking Fist, and Lord Darling, not get?

    Welcome back, Mac.
    There are not many teams who can field a £30 million sub like Paul and WGD can.
    Looking forward to your articles.

  19. ScotsCanuck says:

    A great article and with which I’m in total agreement ………. “can we have more, sir ?”.

  20. RabMacPhoto says:

    Great piece Sam. Seems to be a problem with the Dugdale link, lands on an empty page & the URL reads “about:blank”.

    Not that I have that much interest in whatever shite she’s spouting, today or any other.

  21. Robert Harrison says:

    And they still have the English think we are a basket case haha great job finding those quotes save them for indy2 they would come in handy at some point

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