Shout loudly and wave a fleg

You can smell the fear. An opinion poll over the weekend gives Boris Johnson the support of over three quarters of members of the Conservative party. Unless something utterly unforeseen occurs, he’s going to become the next leader of the Tories and the next Prime Minister of the UK. Given that Boris Johnson is about as popular in Scotland as a bad case of piles combined with a high chili diet, and given that he’s determined to pursue a Brexit that Scotland has consistently rejected, the Scottish Conservatives are getting their panic in early. Better Together’s project fear has eaten itself and Ruth I’ll Speak Up For Scotland Within the Union Davidson is nowhere to be seen.

On Sunday, the Scotland Secretary David Mundell, who hasn’t resigned yet, penned an article for the Observer which was a not so thinly veiled warning to Johnson to be mindful of the consequences of a bad Brexit on the unity of the UK and to walk a careful line. Asking Boris Johnson to be mindful of the negative consequences of his actions and to walk a careful line is rather like expecting a seismic fault line to be mindful of the damage caused by earthquakes. Causing earthquakes is what it does as a natural consequence of the tectonic forces pressing against it. Likewise the chaos in the wake of Boris Johnson is a natural consequence of the tectonic force of his almighty ego.

Unusually for an piece that was published in the opinion section of the newspaper, the Observer wasn’t allowing comments on the Fluffmeister’s article so the Scottish (and wider UK) public were prevented from telling the mouthpiece of the British Government in Scotland what they think of his party. And that in microcosm is precisely what the problem is here. The Conservatives have created this problem for themselves precisely because they are determined to prevent the Scottish public from voicing their opinions on the Conservatives.

It’s quite likely that David Mundell, have I mentioned that he hasn’t resigned yet, feels that he needs to speak up now because Ross Thomson has his eye on the Secretary of State job as soon as the object of Ross’s fanboy stanning gets the Prime Ministerial gig. He might not be Secretary of State for Scotland for very much longer, and it won’t be because he’s displayed anything approaching a moral fibre and followed through on his threats to resign. If you wanted some moral fibre you’d be better off with a tin of baked beans. Admittedly the beans produce flatulence, but then that’s very difficult to distinguish from the pronouncements of the Scotland Secretary.

In any case, he who has not resigned yet is not going to solve anything with a passive aggressive article in the Observer that refuses to acknowledge that the blame for the current constitutional crisis lies very firmly with the Conservative party itself. According to David Mundell, the entire responsibility for the impending end of the UK is all down to that dastardly SNP. Essentially his argument, such as it was, boiled down to saying that if only the SNP didn’t exist then there wouldn’t be a problem.

If the Conservatives were serious about prioritising the unity of the UK then perhaps, just perhaps, they might have thought about that when Theresa May decided that the only people who needed to be consulted about the form that Brexit took were the European Research Group and the DUP. Now, having brought about an unsustainable situation where the cracks in the UK are wider and contain more seismic energy even than Boris Johnson’s ego, the likes of David Mundell are desperately trying to prevent the coming Scottish earthquake with a papering of articles in the press and an unhealthy denial of democracy.

You don’t solve a political problem by claiming that if it wasn’t for the fact that your party has an opposition then you wouldn’t have a problem. You don’t solve a political problem by ignoring your own responsibility for creating it. And you certainly don’t solve a political problem by doubling down on the democratic deficit which has produced that problem in the first place.

But that’s exactly what the Tories are trying to do. Trapped between the Scottish independence movement and Brexit they have no room left for manoeuvre. All that they can offer now is the political equivalent of the monoglot British tourist abroad who wasn’t understood the first time round, and now has decided to try saying the exact same thing ONLY MUCH MORE LOUDLY while waving a Union fleg. The way to solve the issues created by the democratic deficit and the UK government’s unilateral seizing control of devolved powers is for the UK government to seize more of them. It’s for more union flegs. It’s to continue to deny Scotland a say. It’s to undermine the Scottish Parliament.

Coming as it does after commitments from both the Conservative leadership contenders that they will rebuff the demand from the Scottish Parliament for a Section 30 order, this is dangerous ground. The Conservatives are revealing themselves in their true authoritarian and anti-democratic colours. But this is not Spain, and despite the best efforts of the Tories and the Brexit party which is their bastard offspring, this is not yet an authoritarian one party state. Their refusal to countenance the legitimate demand of Scotland to decide for itself what form its relationship with the rest of the UK and with Europe should take is a symptom of the panic within the Conservatives, the growing awareness that the UK is coming to an end and that it’s the Conservatives themselves who have broken it.

We’re not at the end of the Section 30 order road yet. Scotland isn’t the only problem facing Boris Johnson. His far bigger problem is Brexit and the looming deadline of 31 October. That particular problem means that it is unlikely that his government will remain in office for very long. He will take power and enter Downing Street with a majority of just three, and that’s for only as long as he can continue to ensure he has the support of the DUP. Given the vehement opposition from a handful of Conservative MPs to facilitating a no deal Brexit, the chances are extremely high that there will be a UK General Election sooner rather than later.

When that election comes it will be vital that Scotland tells the Conservative party exactly what we think of it. Then we won’t have to wait for David Mundell or whoever succeeds him to resign, because we’ll have voted them out of office. Then we won’t have to listen to them pretend that since the SNP lost seats in 2017 that there is no mandate for a referendum. The SNP will have a mandate that no Westminster government which pretends to be democratic can ignore. A British government which prioritises Brexit might be willing to see the loss of Scotland since that would strengthen the pro-Brexit forces within Westminster. And we already know that Conservative voters in the rest of the UK won’t be too unhappy to see Scotland go.

However if following a snap General Election in which Scotland overwhelmingly rejects the Conservatives and gives its support to the SNP, the British Government still refuses a Section 30 order, then we will be in very different political territory. In that case, the next Scottish elections need to be fought on giving Holyrood a mandate, not to keep asking Westminster for a Section 30 order, but for independence itself. This isn’t Spain with its constitutional bar on independence. This isn’t an authoritarian state.

It is up to us, the people of Scotland, to ensure that we will not allow the Conservatives to silence us or to deny us a say in determining the future of our country. They’re not going to make it easy for us. But in the end, we are the people and we are more. In the 1950s the Tories dominated Scottish politics, now they are estranged in a land that is strange to them. David Mundell and his pals will only have themselves to blame for their downfall.

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16 comments on “Shout loudly and wave a fleg

  1. JSM says:

    Reblogged this on Ramblings of a 50+ Female.

  2. David Agnew says:

    The Fleg is all they have left. What a shame it doesn’t really unite folk except those of an orange hue. The press are doing their level best to gaslight us that Ruthless Ruth and her merry band of fannies are their own masters up here, But we all know when Boris wins, they’ll march right in behind him, and declare undying loyalty to the Blowhard from Henley. They crawl over broken glass to get the job of Unity Officer. You know, the one they think they need to replace fluffy mundy.

    And while we are at it. Lets cast a backwards glance at the creep in the shadows. Mundell. A man so utterly wretched in his cowardice, that he asked for permission from May to stab May in the back on the Brexit vote. But he would only betray her, on the condition that she didn’t sack him. Permission was duly given. Imagine being so worthless that an act of betrayal wouldn’t give anyone a moments pause. Consider how little respect or worth your station in life is, that they let you keep it afterwards.

    In a way, I think we can agree that in Mundell, we can see the Scottish tories in microcosm. You need someone to betray the interests of their own nation. Enter the Scots Tories. Are you an aloof and entitled English Tory who needs to feel superior to someone? Give a Scots tory a call, they’ll gladly let you abuse them. Want to pretend you pay for everything in Scotland. Give wee Ruthless a call. They’ll dig up a cringing Scot who’ll sing for his tea. There is no humiliation they will not heap upon themselves or others to pacify their betters.

    You can always rely on a tory to be a supine, spineless little toady.

    So fly the Fleg you yoons, its your badge of shame

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  4. crabbitgits says:

    Thanks again for all the hard work and splendid words you have been tirelessly pouring out these past few years WGD. I wish I could share your optimism. However, my big fear and it’s looking increasingly likely in my view, is that The Tories will welcome a General Election and form a coalition with Farage and the Bastard Party. I predicted the Clown Prime Joker in Number 10 a few years ago but did not see Farage coming into prominence the way he has. Once they are organised, they’ll come for us; they will ignore the Scottish MP’s in London, as they do and pass legislation to devolve/strip Holyrood. They’ve more or less said this and more than capable of doing it. What then? I’m sorry that this is all gloom and doom but that’s how I see it panning out.

    Now, as someone suggested in my last post, that I was saying we should simply give up. I am definitely not saying that. i will not give up but will continue to work for an independent Scotland forever and am ready to do what ever it takes.

    • Millsy says:

      The scenario you are describing is tantamount to a call to arms for those in Scotland who wish independence . In the event, this could be a cause of social unrest , with a possibly violent response from ‘our master’ in Westminster .

  5. Bob Lamont says:

    Wonderfully put, glad to see some recognition of the Tory Party Mk2 even if their con will largely be felt in England and pass most Scots by. Mirage seemed always so appropriate, having leeched off the EU for 25 odd years, ol snake eyes is heading to town
    “If the Conservatives were serious about prioritising the unity of the UK then perhaps…” they should have done something at some point to bolster it.
    They raised not a finger in the last 60 years outside the Surrey bubble except on the cash register, and therein lies their problem. From Beeching to the present day their ethos decimated vast tracts of the UK on the altar of economic prudence, whilst simultaneously favouring the “economic miracle” of London and the southern millionaires row.
    The London Garden Bridge the next PM championed tells you all you need to know of what now follows, however briefly that persists.
    When the Observer shuts down comment on a Fluffy erudition, you know they’re worried.

  6. Legerwood says:

    “”Unusually for an piece that was published in the opinion section of the newspaper, the Observer wasn’t allowing comments on the Fluffmeister’s article so …””

    Actually it is not that unusual for the Guardian not to allow comments on Opinion pieces and even Editorials. It is always interesting to note which pieces are not open for comments and quite enlightening about the Guardian’s stance on the particular issues affected by this. They clearly do not want any contradiction of their stated position/interpretation of a situation or the shortcomings in their reasoning and omissions in their arguments pointed out as they most certainly would be particularly in relation to Scotland.

    Opinion pieces related to Scotland possibly make up a disproportionate number of the articles/opinion pieces never opened to comments.

  7. panda paws says:

    “the Observer wasn’t allowing comments on the Fluffmeister’s article”

    and the one Scottish article that was open was premoderated to ensure comments only referenced that article!

    ” British government which prioritises Brexit might be willing to see the loss of Scotland since that would strengthen the pro-Brexit forces within Westminster.”

    No they’ve seen the real books, the ones with the proper accounting, not the GERS.

    “This isn’t an authoritarian state”

    you missed out the word “yet”…

  8. Welsh Sion says:

    You probably know this from your own sources (but not the State broadcaster), Scotland. But, just in case – and for you to see how Cymru is reporting developments.

    (Translation as always: WS + Google Translate)

    “SNP preparing for second Scottish independence referendum”
    7 July 2019 at 14:09 Updated at 14:11

    Gaining a majority in Holyrood or increasing their presence at Westminster could be enough for the SNP to proceed with plans for a second independence referendum, according to leading party members.

    It is believed that the party could push for a vote by 2020, and Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister has already said that she favours holding a new vote in the second half of next year.

    Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, both of whom are battling to become the next prime minister in the UK, have already said they are opposed to a second referendum.


    But the SNP intends to put forward a motion for debate at the party’s winter conference in October.

    It is calling for a second referendum by the autumn of 2020 and if the British Government were opposed to it, they could go on and demand that they have a mandate to start negotiations.

    “The people of Scotland have been consistently overlooked by the UK Government,” said Christopher McEleny, leader of Inverclyde Council, one of the two proposers of the motion.

    “We want to hold a referendum to give people the choice between becoming a normal independent country or remaining part of a UK that still forces policies and governments on Scotland that we reject.”

    But the Conservatives in Scotland still insist that “there is no support among Scots for another independence referendum”.


  9. Terry Callachan says:

    I see what you are saying and agree BUT
    Beyond this ?

    “However if following a snap General Election in which Scotland overwhelmingly rejects the Conservatives and gives its support to the SNP, the British Government still refuses a Section 30 order, then we will be in very different political territory. In that case, the next Scottish elections need to be fought on giving Holyrood a mandate, not to keep asking Westminster for a Section 30 order, but for independence itself.”

    Beyond this ?

    Englands Westminster will still refuse to agree to a Scottish independence referendum and will claim that as those who are against Scottish independence did not take part in the referendum it has no credibility.
    There will always be a way that England’s Westminster can avoid cooperation
    Sooner or later there will be confrontation and it will be more than words

    • weegingerdug says:

      The point you’re missing is that we are not “beyond this” yet. And when we do get “beyond this” we have to ensure that we take undecided voters with us and ensure that we convert those soft no voters who are disgusted at the democratic deficit. You can’t just leap directly to confrontation that is “more than words”. That’s a guaranteed way to lose independence.

  10. The Tories have disconnected themselves from Scotland. R Davidson and D Mundell are grotesque figures- in total denial about constitutional crisis and where Scotland is now. Johnson or Hunt will be wielding power without consent – not just in Scotland so a General Election is coming very soon. All independence activists- Yes Movement, Greens , SNP and all other groups- need to work together quickly with a PLAN!

    • Millsy says:

      True ! All those in favour of independence need to work TOGETHER come the next GE – party and personal ambitions must be put aside for the greater good – a common cause against the increasingly undemocratic unionist militants at Westminster .
      Only by working together can we achieve our aims .
      Is that too difficult for Scotland’s politicians ( not you Ruth or Leonard ) to understand ,
      If they put party or self-interest before independence then they are no better than the SIU or the Tories or the OO or any other dyed-in-the-wool unionist who wants to keep us shackled to the sinking HMS UK .

  11. brianmlucey says:

    “This isn’t Spain with its constitutional bar on independence. This isn’t an authoritarian state.”
    I know I keep asking this but I get nonsense that anyone has an answer
    What if the UK simply and solely even in the face of a Scotland bound and determined to establish independence vuapolitical means, what is it simply refuses to either accept the mandate often election or to give permission for a referendum? We’ve been down this line before on these islands, and I’m sorry to tell you that at its heart the English empire is a very authoritarian state.

  12. Heilan Coo says:

    There are two things that worry me about making the Scottish Parliament elections a plebiscite.

    1. The timing. I’m not sure I can wait until 2021, although I’m guessing the FM may wish to bring that forward to 2020 given her comments to date, if indeed we don’t go down the straight referendum route. That aside, the Tories will be busy asset stripping our nation for everything that it’s worth, particularly if they believe that secession is inevitable.Think fracking, sub-standard chlorinated chicken, privatised NHS and much more. I don’t want them to have the opportunity to do anything like that.

    2. Additional Member System (Proportional Representation). I’m a fan of PR as it builds consensus rather than simply relying on majoritarianism. However it’s not clear to me how this could be used to facilitate a plebiscite – do we count constitutional votes, regional votes too, or seats overall? We’d trounce the other parties on the constitutional vote, but it would be a very close thing given the unionists got most of their seats via the regional votes and a generous d’Hondt system. I can see all manner of arguments as to what constitutes a victory and if numbers are tight, hollow arguments about how it wasn’t really a win, blah blah blah…. We need something that undeniable and simple without giving any advantage to the unionists.


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