George Cataclysm Roberston rides again. Not content with making a bit of an arse of himself the first time round with hyperbolic threats and dire warnings of the apocalypse, the man who thinks that Scotland has no culture or language of its own is game for round two. George was born on Islay, you’d think he might have noticed the Gaelic language, but apparently not. Just when we were beginning to forget that he existed, the former Labour defence minister and head of NATO popped up this week to purse his disapproving lips and renew the claim he made during the independence referendum of 2014 that Scotland was headed for catastrophe if it voted Yes.
All sorts of horrendous things were going to happen. Our currency would be reduced to worthless pieces of paper. We’d lose the Triple A credit rating. There would be a rise in right wing extremism and racism and xenophobia would be normalised. Ships wouldn’t get built on the Clyde. Tax office jobs in East Kilbride and Cumbernauld would be lost. Austerity would get worse. The economy would take a hit that it might never recover from. Scotland would be ripped out of the European Union and isolated from the rest of the world. Scotland would have no voice or influence in any international body and would be unable to have any influence on UK government policy either. The United Kingdom would be a smaller and diminished place that had become the laughing stock of the rest of the planet.
Oh. Wait …
The strange thing about all the dire threats made by the British nationalists during the referendum campaign of 2014 about the consequences of a Yes vote is that they’ve all come true following the No vote that they were arguing so vehemently for. Scotland is expected to shut up and suck it up. Pointing any of this out counts as grievance mongering, which is what British nationalists call it when you have an actual grievance. In Westminsterworld it’s a far worse to air the fact you have a grievance than it is to be the cause of the grievance in the first place. It’s a bit like robbing someone’s house and then complaining because the householder goes to the police. But then British nationalists believe that the British state has an absolute and invoilable right to rob Scotland’s house.
The parties of British nationalism have no solutions or answers to the calamities that have befallen Scotland as a consequence of the No vote in 2014. This week Ruth Davidson, leader of the Isn’t Ruth Davidson Great Vote Ruth Davidson for More Ruth Davidson party, said that she was worried that Brexit might lead to a “short term economic hit”, one which “we won’t bounce back from”. This sounds an awful lot like an economic hit which isn’t short term, but then espousing contradictory views simultaneously is pretty much Ruth’s stock in trade. It’s something she learned from the Labour party in Scotland.
Ruth has no solutions to this short term economic hit that could very well turn out to be permanent. Well, no solutions other than repeating “Scotland doesn’t want another independence referendum” to her press pals at the photo op. Conveniently, this is also Ruth’s policy on the NHS, education, transport, and the economy. She’s certainly not about to order her MPs who were elected as representatives of the Isn’t Ruth Davidson Great Vote Ruth Davidson for More Ruth Davidson We’re Only Conservatives With a Small C party to vote down the Tory government’s insane drive for a hard Brexit. Ruth’s acolytes were not elected in order to hold Westminster’s power to account on Scotland’s behalf. They were elected to enable it. They were not elected to represent Scotland in Westminster. They were elected to represent Westminster in Scotland.
A series of leaks of internal government documents this week has shown that the Conservatives are still bent on a hard Brexit. Worse than that their internal documents contain a number of elementary errors which show that the British government doesn’t understand the basic facts of Brexit. The Home Office paper on Britain’s post-Brexit immigration policy was dismissed by Steve Peers, a law professor from Essex University who specialises in EU law, as “highly misleading and inflammatory. In other words tabloid bullshit.” The British government’s paper on the Irish border was described as a fantasy by EU representatives.
We’re being led into this disaster by people who are more interested in scoring points with the Daily Mail than achieving anything realistic. The papers leaked this week were internal papers. They demonstrate that this government is deluding itself as well as the rest of the country. These were not papers for public consumption. There was no need to lie in them, yet they contained one falsehood after another. That can only mean that this Conservative government has all the nuance and understanding of the consequences of Brexit as a Daily Express leader writer. No wonder the UK is the laughing stock of Europe.
Majorities are so tight in the Westminster Parliament that Ruth’s unlucky 13 could have a real influence if they could be torn away from their other business interests and refereeing the fitba. They could side with the opposition parties and vote against the hard and xenophobic Brexit which their own party leader says is going to damage Scotland. But instead Ruth prefers to wring her hands and repeat her anti-independence mantra. She sought power, but having achieved it seemingly prefers to use it to further her own career within the Conservative party than to protect the interests of Scotland within this UK that she affects to love, even when she herself acknowledges that the UK government is set on a path that is going to damage Scotland. Her silence on this issue tells us all we need to know about her.
The storm is coming. The forecasts are clear. Yet the British nationalist parties aren’t trying to steer the ship of state to safety. They’re not even battening down the hatches. They’re not stocking up with supplies. They’re not readying the lifeboats. That’s the real catastrophe facing Scotland, we’re being led into disaster by a British nationalist political class that created this mess, and having created it refuse to acknowledge it exists. George Cataclysm Robertson is keeping his pursed lips firmly closed about that one.
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