A guest post by Samuel Miller
Yesterday oor PM, Treeza of the ‘strong and stable’ party, marked the Uk’s one year to Brexit countdown with what was called a whistlestop tour of the UK. This apparently, in order to promote unity within her presiousss, presciousss union. By whistlestop what they mean is basically back hame in time fer tea and a spot of cabinet whack a mole or Brexit bingo. No public walkabouts, no unscripted public questions and no fanfare. Selected venues, photo op, meeja questions only and a hard day of pure uniony unifying over and done with. Quite the speedster.
Oh, and so far as the devolved legislatures are concerned there’s no such thing as a power grab. Treeza sez – “Let’s be clear, there is no power grab, we are not taking back any of the powers that are currently devolved to the Scottish Government, indeed the Scottish Government will be receiving more powers as a result of us leaving the European Union,”. (my bold) Which, y’know, is weird. As I understand it those powers currently are not in the remit of UK gov either, nor are they covered by the current devolution settlement. They have been exercised by the EU and again as I understand it, those powers not specifically reserved by Westminster government should revert to the devolved legislatures on repatriation.
Question: If there is no power grab, then why the need for a negotiation process with the Welsh and Scottish governments? Certainly sounds like a power grab, doesn’t it? (shrugs)
Moving on and in a further show of unifying unity. Mr Mundell, our Secretary of State for something or other (squirrels, wildebeest, who knows?), insists there’s no need for Scottish Government representation on the Migration Advisory Comittee. Seems the SoS for small cuddly toys didn’t take too kindly to being pressed on the issue by the SNP’s Pete Wishart either. When questioned on Scotland’s particular population needs and demographics. Mr Mundell, in a blistering display of unity replied, “We do take a different approach, Mr Wishart, because I don’t want to see Scotland in a separatist manner, that everything in Scotland has to be separate and different if that is not the best way to deal with it”. (my bold) He doesn’t want to see Scotland in a separatist manner? He doesn’t? Righto.
As both an aside and yet more comic relief, Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes reply to Mr Wishart’s questioning also merits a special mention. This is Ms Nokes view on Scottish Government representation. “I do not think there is any greater case to put a Scottish Government official on it than one from the Welsh Assembly or indeed any county council who wanted to come forward pointing out there was a specific shortage in their area.” (my bold)
Can you feel the luuurve readers? That is just the past few days and of course the latest in a long line of what many would consider a litany of casual arrogance and ignorance by representatives of the Westminster establishment.
Good God! They’re still spinning like a top over what is widely perceived the recent betrayal of the fishing communities of the UK. An action which displays, for any reasonable observer, the complete lack of Scottish Conservative representation at ANY significant consultative level on Brexit negotiations. Apparently they were pure ragin’. Ignored mainly by the PM, but still, pure ragin’.
For the removal of doubt though, let’s have a look at that word unity. Just in case there’s some misunderstanding of the concept.
UNITY: NOUN: oneness, being one or single or individual; due interconnection of parts; harmony between persons etc; thing forming a complex whole; Math: the number one.
Any part of that definition resemble today’s UK to you readers? Are you feeling a particular oneness or harmony?
It’s been three and a half years since Scotland’s indyref of 2014. Had the British state been remotely interested in the concept of unity, of promoting unity, it’s had ample time and opportunity to put words into practice.
Smith Commission, Scotland bill debates, general election, Scottish elections, Brexit, another general election. Throughout ALL of the above, the parties of the Westminster establishment sought to belittle, to punish, to alienate the Scottish Government and its support. All with the seemingly willing aid of the Uk’s media. The current government have seriously endangered standing agreements with devolved legislatures. They’ve broken pledges and assurances made to Scotland’s electorate throughout their indyref and as for their assurances to demographics of the UK electorate post EU ref? See under CFP, N.I. border issue and settling financial commitments to the EU. Oh and don’t forget impact reports.
There hasn’t been a day without some Essenpee badness, some Scottish service or institution undermined and portrayed in deepest crisismageddon. As for the alienation of half Scotland’s electorate? What can you say that hasn’t already been said? If you are a supporter of Scottish self determination, it’s safe to say that there’s been a positive dearth of olive branches out there from Unionist politicians and their more vocal support. You’d be forgiven for believing that you pretty much live on the same level of popularity as the infamous fart in a lift. But, y’know. That’s politics as it is practised… apparently.
The United Kingdom is anything but united. There are serious divisions along political and societal lines. Divisions created by the same political establishment that now wants you to forget their appalling narratives and unite to save their arses and the lifestyle to which they’ve become accustomed. Unite to save the UK from what has been described as “an extraordinarily painful process of national self-mutilation”.
Personally and after the past three and a half years? I’d say you’ll have had your unity then.
Yoonity: the inability to see anyone else’s viewpoint but your own
Excellent! I shall waste no time in pinching that, Stookie!
Its even more common in England the Yoons are just copys of all thats wrong with England.
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Just in from the rubadubdub, Sam. Great salvo. Later,
Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope’ …’all power devolved bar Defence and Foreign Affairs’, ‘the most powerful devolved Parliament in the world’…’111 powers returning to Scotland’ (well we think you can have maybe 80 odd)…
Unity is a possibility if all have the same rights, representation, opportunities and similar expectations and goals – you cannot however say to a Country which voted unanimously one way – you must go another.
If your partner says they do not want to go down a particular path.. you find a compromise, if you are a reasonable partner and respect your partner’s views…. we are after all an ‘equal and respected member of this Union’ -are we not? (and if you are genuinely interested in Unity) . or perhaps, you might consider, on refection. the answer is, simply, to not take a step down that path and to then declare to those trying to push you that way that …. because we are a Union … we cannot proceed in that direction …. because we are not One on this subject… .maybe in a parallel Universe.
Where however, back in the real world, one Country has ten times the representation /weight of the another it is not … let us say ‘parity’ and to any fair minded person, is not perhaps the best set up to achieve Unity in the long run… and puts us in the present situation – where (if we sail on in a Union as presently constructed..-and what choice to the contrary do we have … with only a tenth of a say ..where your voice, vote, opinion, hopes and expectations matter not one jot (even if the entire Country votes one way)… what future is there?
The Union is unfortunately The reason there is no unity, and from experience is most unlikely to promote unity.as presently constituted, with no equal representation / weight within it for the constituent parts and in particular its citizens (sorry – Subjects,, but Subjects soon to be with a new blue (French) passport as one of the many benefits/opportunities ahead).
The question is what, with the writing on the wall, has been done to date to improve the situation… …. nothing,………. the only sensible suggestion of a Constitutional Convention voted down (together with every other amendment) by Labour and the Conservatives in their pact to ensure the status quo is maintained..- leaving Independence as the only logical option .to have any ‘hope’ of your democratic wishes being enacted, …so be it.
The vote to remain in the EU was not unanimous in Scotland – around a third of us voted to leave. We voted overwhelmingly to remain, not unanimously 😉
It is strange how in an electoral system where the ‘majority’ ‘wins’, we are continually reminded that we have to take account of the ‘million’ or ‘one-third’ of Scottish voters who voted to LEAVE, but that those of in the UK minority of c48% or 16+million have to accept without question that ‘Brexit means Brexit’.
Given the turn-out, the ‘one-third’ is actually less than 25% of the electorate and less than 10% of the population.
The democratic/electoral system in Scotland and the UK leaves a lot to be desired, but for people like DaveM and others FPTP only operates in the way they want it to.
You are correct Dave M – I should have used overwhelmingly / every Constituency in Scotland voted in the majority to Remain. Even if we indeed voted ‘unanimously’ to a man/woman, on this or any issue in the future, Scotland is still under-represented (and inevitably always outvoted) by a factor of ~10.1 under current arrangements – if indeed, as we are informed, is an ‘equal’ Union.
I am no fan e.g. of the CFP and the fishing industry has suffered tremendously from day 1 within the EU, recent events have again shown what little, if any, influence or representation Scotland has / been permitted to have to influence/determine policy within a UK framework.
The same applies to the E. U. referendum in England.
A blinder, as always, Sam.
my precious, my precious
Now where have I heard that before?
That is what these people(?) think of us, apart from canon fodder a money sink
sorry Sam welcome back ^^
I can never decide whether TM simply hasn’t read the book or she has – and assumes the Scots haven’t. One way or another, it’s an insult.
The British Establishment’s idea of unity is everyone falling into line and doing as told. “It’s our precious union and we are the law!” Don’t you ever forget it. 😦
“Compromise?” Compromise just doesn’t come into it. Never has.
Nope, soundbites like “partnership”, “respect” and even “union” are only that – convenient soundbites used when in a pickle. Distractions. Scotland is a slave state. Remember the “most powerful devolved country in the world” slogan, so fondly used a few months ago. We don’t hear that one much now, do we? Funny that. 🙂
‘Have you seen my Union anywhere?’
‘Don’t tell me you’ve lost it again?’
‘I’ve looked everywhere:- In the North East, Jockland, Paddyland. I can’t find it anywhere.’
‘Have you looked in your handbag?’
‘First place I looked this morning.
I emptied everything out onto the Cabinet Table.
Twenty Fifth Draft of No Deal is the Best Deal Speech. Check
First Draft of the Farewell To Northern Ireland Obituary. Check
A rotting cod. Check.
Those pet Jocks Mundell and Davidson tucked away under a pile of broken promises muttering to themselves. Check
A photie of that wee Sturgeon wummin with a cock’n’balls drawn on her forehead. Check.
Packet of Strepsils. Check
A-Z Street map of Lincoln. Check
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Brecon Beacons. Check.
And that’s it.
No sign of my precious Union anywhere.’
‘Think. When did you last see it?
Did you take it with you on your whistlestop tour?
Could you have left it in the Ladies when we stopped off at Ripon Services?
You know how flustered you get when you have to make your ‘strong and stable’ speech.’
‘No. I definitely had it with me when I got back to Downing Street last night.
I left it on the hall table, next to my gas mask.
When I retired for the night I definitely had a Union.
But when I woke up this morning I couldn’t find it anywhere.
I looked in the Times, the Telegraph, The Guardian, the Express. No sign of the Union.
I looked on the telly, no mention of the Union. I can’t think what I’ve done with it.’
‘Och, well, it’s Easter.
Why don’t you take a hike?
The Union will turn up eventually.
It can’t be lost forever, can it?.’
Priceless, Jack! I am SO pinching this to use elsewhere … do you mind if I name you as the author or would you prefer dignified anonymity? 😉
Fell free,Wendy. My name is probably Mudd anyhow.
Enjoy Easter Sunday.
‘feel free’ even.
I won’t use it Jack. I,ll just read it over and over again, with delight👏😊
Lol! (as they say, these days. Y’know, those young folks with their text abbreviations.).
Laugh out loud; i really did, Jack. I had a mouthful of porridge at the time as well, as it’s breakfast time in BC.
If we couldn’t laugh, we’d cry.
The WGD blog and all the associated wit and repartee comments are a beacon of light.
I have little time for the Beeb except for checking the fitba’ scores, and ross country got gubbed.
The Union has definitely gone, but we the people will have to turn the heat up.
Engage the youth.
They’ve got the imagination and the energy to kick start Scotland into a vibrant place again.
See youse down the road.
Once the indyref gets called, I’ll be back.
We spark the energy in each other and in the young folk. Before you know it, we’ll have a country.
I’m chuckling over my morning coffee here in Calgary Jack!
Thanks Sam for a great post, welcome back.
Very well done Jack.
Very good Jack, now that is satire. I suppose she’ll send out her Dark Riders to look for it. Just the two for Scotlandshire, the Colonel on a buffalo and Fluffy on a poodle.
Now, guys, on today of all days, I recall the ground breaking research undertaken by those two eminent Ruritanian psychologists Dolph Yasolla and Olaf Pirlo at Tubingen University.
In order to establish why some individuals lean so heavily to the Left or Right in politics, they concluded that an individual’s extreme views are determined by which pocket they keep their fat wallets.
There are apparently big bucks to be made no matter which way you lean politically.
Fiery brand For the Many Not The Few, or Laissez Farie Privateer; twa fleas aff the same lucrative dug.
It is not for nowt that they set aside April 1st as a special day to honour all us mugs who let them away with it.
Have a great Easter, guys. Christ has risen apparently.
I should think he has! I’ve been up for hours! 😉
Thank you for an excellent post. I feel, I’ve got a lot off my chest.😊
There is a great piece by Grouse Beater on the union in his latest blog , read and share to all . https://grousebeater.wordpress.com/2018/03/31/union-what-union/
Great piece as always Paul
An old phrase comes to mind Sam.
“Unity my arse”.
Heard this said many times in my life with regards to many topics. The worst unity I have ever known is the joke that is the UK. Your examples from just the last few days sums it up nicely. Thanks.
Tories returning powers EU powers from Westminster. That will be like the promised frigates then.
A good article and you are certainly looking after the blog. However May is secondary in my thoughts as to who is looking after the wee ginger dug?
Let me assure you, Julia, that the WGD has adopted a loving couple of a certain age for two weeks. I personally witnessed the transfer of all his ‘bits’ in the Dumbuck House car park; his basket and blankets,and lots of other WGD stuff were handed over from PK’s jalopy to another car with the reverential care and .diligence normally associated with live organ donor transfer.
I think it would be a great idea if all pets to adopt us pensioners for a week or so at least once a year.
I have to agree with that last sentiment, having recently been adopted by a stray moggie that quite literally came in from the cold. Currently sprawled fast asleep on the other end of the desk 🙂
She just fitted right into the “cat-shaped hole” left when the old cat died some months ago, so now I’m no longer nonpussed 😉
That’s good to hear, Marco. A home without a cat is just a house.
… and more than likely with an unwelcome mouse 😉
The poor beast has forgotten how to purr. I’ve tried purring to her. Talk about keeping a cat and purring yourself …
When she feels truly safe and secure she’ll purr whether or not … it’s an involuntary response.
What Jack said. 🙂
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The way it works is that while the UK is an EU member Westminster has a free hand in moving powers between Brussels and Holyrood according to the wording of the Scotland Act.
What they had in mind was never having to consult Holyrood if EU membership meant robbing it of power.
Probably the opposite side of the deal where changes to membership meant some powers were given back was worth the risk. Especially as Labour would be most certainly be in charge.
The extreme situation where lack of EU membership meant every power returned didn’t cross their minds.
As written the power grab happened at the onset and it’s continuance is what’s being debated.