Predictable things

A Prime Minister who wasn’t elected, ramming through a policy that we voted against. Now every remain voter in the UK knows what it feels like to be Scottish. Remember how we were assured in 2014 that the UK was one of the strongest and oldest democracies in the world? With Alexander Boris de Pfeffel’s outrageous decision to shut down that Parliament whose sovereignty Brexit was supposed to enhance we have yet another Better Together promise that has bitten the dust.

The carefully and deliberately tousled one is going to ask the Queen to prorogue Parliament early in September, in a move calculated to reduce the amount of time available to MPs to plot to prevent a no deal Brexit. It was always predictable that a man who has lied all the way through his career in order to advance himself would have no compunction about trashing democratic safeguards in order to get his own way.

Let’s be quite clear here, there is no mandate for a no deal Brexit. All the way through the EU referendum campaign, those campaigning for leave assured us all about how easy it would be to get a deal. Leaving with no deal was never a serious option. Now it’s the only option that the Brextremists will accept. We’re being taken out of the EU in a manner that was never proposed, on the back of a referendum that was won with dark money, lies, and illegality.  The only good thing about a no deal Brexit happening is that then the SNP leadership can stop focussing on preventing Brexit and start focussing on independence.

This is a very dark day for what passes for democracy in this dysfunctional disunited kingdom. There are those who say that it’s only a few days which Parliament will be deprived of, so no biggie. Or that this is simply the normal workings of British democracy. Which may be true, but is scarcely an argument for its acceptability. Parliament is being suspended at a time of immense crisis for the UK, precisely so that a small group of ideologues can drive through a policy which will enrich only disaster capitalists and which will wreak huge damage to everyone else. Even the Speaker of the House of Commons has described it as a “constitutional outrage”. Usually when Parliament is prorogued before a Queen’s Speech, the suspension last for just a few days. This is five weeks. The only reason for doing so is to get Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson out of the political difficulties he finds himself in because he heads a minority administration made up of a party full of rebels. Even with the DUP’s support he’s got a majority of just one.

However the real issue here is that the prorogation introduced a vital new obstacle to preventing a no deal. Any pending legislation which has not been completed before prorogation will fall. This means that MPs would either have to pass legislation against no deal in its entirety before prorogation, or in the three weeks during which Parliament will sit between October 14 and 31, a substantial chunk of which will be taken up with the Queen’s speech, the opening of Parliament, and the days of debate which that entails.

Johnson not only wants to prevent the House of Commons from passing any measures to prevent a no-deal crash out from the EU, he also seeks to ensure that should MPs pass a motion of no-confidence in his autocracy then there will be no parliament in session to block no-deal. It is a move which is breath-taking in its contempt for the basic structures of the UK’s ramshackle constitution and illustrates that British democracy is unfit for purpose. British democracy is a contradiction in terms. Never has the need for a written constitution which places constraints on the powers of the executive branch of government been clearer. Never has the UK been further away from getting one.

If the British Government is prepared to close down the House of Commons in order to ram through a no deal Brexit, it’s no longer unthinkable that it would also be prepared to suspend Holyrood. Today’s worrying developments highlight what those of us who support Scottish independence have been saying for many years. The independence debate is not a debate about GERS figures. It’s not a debate about the price of oil. It’s not a debate about pretty graphs that show how poorly Scotland performs within the UK and claims to extrapolate that to an independent country. Those are all distractions from the nub of the argument.

Fundamentally this is a debate about democracy. It’s a debate about the ability to hold governments to account. It’s a debate about ensuring that Scotland gets a government that it votes for. It’s a debate about making sure that the only people who get to decide that path that Scotland takes are the people of Scotland and a government that is elected by them alone and is responsible to them alone, a government which is constrained by a written constitution which sets out the limits of its power. That’s the only way that we can protect ourselves from the likes of Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson and his hijacking of democracy.

And in other news about entirely predictable developments, Ruth Davidson has been suspiciously quiet, as you might expect when her Westminster colleagues do something that’s as popular in Scotland as a plague of wasps at a nudist picnic. The prorogation of Parliament might be an unprecedented constitutional travesty, but Ruth Davidson prorogues herself on a regular basis. This would be that same Ruth Davidson who accused Nicola Sturgeon of hiding the other week when Nicola went to Shetland instead of sticking around in Edinburgh for the annual red white and blue GERSfest.

The Channel 4 news reporter Ciaran Jenkins tweeted, “Ruth Davidson is not doing interviews today.” The word today being pretty much superfluous in that statement. Ruth never does interviews when Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson does things which make the need for another independence referendum all the more urgent. Which these days means that she never does interviews on any day whose name ends with a Y. The only thing more predictable than Ruth Davidson hiding from scrutiny when Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson does things which make the need for another independence referendum all the more urgent is the British media in Scotland colluding in letting her get away with it. Other senior Scottish Tories are equally absent.

Meanwhile Alister Who He Posho Jack, our new governor general, also cancelled a planned interview today. Fancy that. Instead he took some very brief questions, restricting each reporter to one question each. Wouldn’t it be lovely if the Scottish Tories vanished from our public life as quickly as they vanished from the press when there are difficult questions in need of answers. Let’s hope there’s an early General Election, and then we can make that happen.

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32 comments on “Predictable things

  1. RevStu says:

    “Let’s be quite clear here, there is no mandate for a no deal Brexit. All the way through the EU referendum campaign, those campaigning for leave assured us all about how easy it would be to get a deal.”

    This is just nonsense, though. Gordon Brown promised us federalism in two years if we voted No and that was a load of bollocks too, but it doesn’t make the result illegal.

    Some people voted for a soft Brexit, some voted for a hard one, but the only thing anyone MEANINGFULLY voted for was Article 50, because Article 50 is the known, established, published mechanism by which leaving the EU happens, and Article 50 stipulates a no-deal outcome if no deal is agreed.

    Article 50 has not been altered. The process people voted for is the process that’s happening. Like it or not, that gives the government a mandate to carry on.

    • Colonel Davidson says:

      “Gordon Brown promised us federalism in two years if we voted No and that was a load of bollocks too, but it doesn’t make the result illegal”
      Gordon Brown’s promise of Devo Max and Cameron’s promise of becoming the most devolved nation in the world may have been bollocks, but they were also part of the status quo we voted for in 2014, together with the pledges of permanence of Holyrood and its independence from Westminster in devolved matters. That status quo was not there for decoration and to be destroyed unilateraly on demand by one of the parties. It was there to give a framework of meaning and legitimacy to our vote. You take away that framework and you take away the legitimacy and the meaning of our democratic vote. You cannot retrospectively change the goalposts of the status quo that give meaning and legitimacy to a vote and pretend the vote is legitimate. The vote is only legitimate under the circumstances it was obtained. Anything else is undemocratic. Because if this was not the case, what would stop governments asking people to approach polls and cast a vote without knowing what the options are and only when the result was obtained announce what the vote was about and what the options were? The only reason why these crooks are getting away with this because we are letting them.

      “Some people voted for a soft Brexit, some voted for a hard one”
      And 62% in Scotland voted for no brexit at all. You seem to have forgotten that rather important detail.

      “the only thing anyone MEANINGFULLY voted for was Article 50”
      Article 50 was NOT even MENTIONED in the ballot.

      “Article 50 stipulates a no-deal outcome if no deal is agreed”
      Article 50 stipulates that “Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements”. You can argue that without the consent of the Kingdom of Scotland, which happens to be one of the only 2 equal partners in this union and one of the only 2 signatories, the constitutional requirements for the UK to leave the EU have not been fulfilled. The Kingdom of England or its representatives never had a mandate from the Kingdom of Scotland to give up the UK’s EU membership. The Kingdom of England cannot trigger A50 on behalf of Scotland without Scotland’s consent, because Scotland is not an integral part of the Kingdom of England.

      “Article 50 has not been altered”
      No, but its triggering may have been invalidated by doing so without fulfilling the constitutional requirements of the UK before triggering it.

      “The process people voted for is the process that’s happening”
      62% of those who voted in Scotland did not vote for the “process that is happening”. Scotland has not given consent for “the process that is happening”.

      “Like it or not, that gives the government a mandate to carry on”
      the kIngdom of England may have given a mandate to its government “to carry on” with brexit, but like it or not a mandate from the Kingdom of England only is not sufficient mandate for the UK government to “carry on” with a process by which the Kingdom of Scotland’s EU membership and EU citizenship rights are being taken away without its consent.

      There is no consensus among the nations of the UK and more importantly there is no consensus nor consent from both constituent parts of the United Kingdom of Great Britain “to carry on”. The diametrically opposed result between the Kingdoms of Scotland and England in the EU referendum only give mandate for 2 things:

      a) to remain with the status quo as there is no consensus
      b) to give the Kingdom of Engalnd the opportunity to choose between dissolving the UK to leave the EU or to preserve the UK by remaining in the EU. Why? because this is the part of the UK that voted against the status quo.

  2. weegingerdug says:

    As I point out in the article, if this is the normal workings of British democracy, then it only shows that British democracy is unfit for purpose.

    However nowhere do I say that not having a mandate makes the result illegal. All governments do things that they don’t have a mandate for. That’s a political issue, not a legal one. It was illegal because of the electoral illegalities which the Leave campaign has paid a fine for.

    • RevStu says:

      We all agree that British democracy isn’t fit for purpose, for all sorts of reasons. But it’s the democracy we’re stuck with until we grow a pair and get out, and by the terms of the democracy we’re in Johnson has an unequivocal mandate for ANY sort of Brexit that comes from Article 50.

      Brexit is Article 50 and Article 50 is Brexit. That’s what people voted for. That’s what they’re getting.

      • Boys, boys.
        We now have no government for which we didn’t vote.
        There wasn’t a ‘UK’s Future’ 500 page document setting out the detail of ‘third contry’ Uk for the electorate to mull over, and pundits to debate.
        It was a barnstorming Farge Gove and Johnson truck load of lies, xenophobia, and down right fascist racism that was presented to the Great Unwashed, battered by 6 years of Blue and Beige austerity.
        There were only 17 million plus change who voted Leave on the back of a bus slogan.
        Apparently many have changed their minds. Many of those who have thought again, still want out of the EU, but not at any cost.
        The bizarre notion that Johnson, whose rise to fame is on the back of 100,000 or so rich elderly Tories, has a mandate to do what he likes, on an unwritten constitution, and shut down Parliament is of course nonsense, Stu.
        But you have a point (ish)
        England wants to leave the EU, so let them go ahead.
        We are not joining them.
        We are in the ridiculous position where the little light weight Brit Nat Better Togethers have gone into hiding.
        They are cowards, and refuse to face the people who elected them.
        That’s the point of Paul’s excellent piece.
        No sign of Lugluts Lemonpie, Wee Willie ‘what about the children? Winkie or Professor Two Jobs We Are the Up To Our Knees People God Bless Her Royal Majesty Adam ‘It’s The Law’! Tomkins.
        Where’s Cole Hamilton? Surely he’s ‘overheard’ something?
        Fuck them all.
        There is no trurning back now.
        Stu, splitting hairs helps no one but the wee bastards who are in hiding today, hoping that it will all blow over by tomorrow.
        Hunt them down, guys. Ferret them out of their wee bolt holes.
        If you argue among yourselves, you ignore them, and that suits Great British Baker Supermom Davidson.
        We go for the jugular.

  3. JSM says:

    Reblogged this on Ramblings of a 50+ Female and commented:
    I’ve said for years that we now live in a dictatorship and today I’ve been proved right.

    • RevStu says:

      Well, no you haven’t. Nothing that’s been proposed is unconstitutional, in so far as the UK has a constitution.

      • Colonel Davidson says:

        Where is the constitution that overrules the Treaty of Union and proves that violating Scotland’s claim of right is not unconstitutional?

        The only written UK constitution I am aware of is the Treaty of Union. Dragging Scotland out of the Eu against its will and without its consent violates the Claim of Right, upheld by both the Treaty of UNion and the Parliament of the UK. If I am not mistaken, the Claim of Right 1689 declares as illegitimate the imposition of absolute rule over Scotland. The imposition of any form of brexit over Scotland without is consent is therefore, from where I am standing, unconstitutional.

      • JSM says:

        Well, I’m not the only one calling this a dictatorship today. Various newspapers have been saying it, too.

  4. Bob Lamont says:

    “A Prime Minister who wasn’t elected, ramming through a policy that we voted against. Now every remain voter in the UK knows what it feels like to be Scottish” – What you missed are the many who voted “Leave” and regretted it the next day, those who regretted it when it became both parties’ manifestos in 2017, those who realised in 2019 that “No Deal” had become the desired manipulated outcome for ERG etc., which probably explains the rise in English support for Indy2, not to be rid of the “subsidy-junkies” but save who we can…
    The default legal position of Art50 is not the point as there are mechanisms within to arrive at a mutually acceptable outcome by extended dialogue, but “The Auditors” don’t want only to escape EU Law and Johnson (political prostitute) with ERG intend to get their financial bonus.
    Without 30 years bombardment of propaganda via the media, without the archaic version of “democracy” which can be exploited in London, and keeping the Lemmings “on message”, the Cliff would never have been, a political coup which will go down in history as Britain’s vilest hour… Democracy fit for purpose? Whose?

  5. […] Wee Ginger Dug Predictable things A Prime Minister who wasn’t elected, ramming through a policy that we voted against. […]

  6. Now you understand why the Irish and the EU insisted on the backstop.

    • Bob Lamont says:

      We really need to stop this bunkum, the UK and the EU (inc ROI) in an effort to uphold the GFA designed the backstop by mutual agreement to shift the EU buffer to the Irish Sea in the event of divergence from current norms, the buffer had originally been proposed there but DUP objected. The EU and ROI could have ignored International Treaties, but they are bound by rules.
      The binding partners to the GFA are UK and ROI, by “No Deal” the rich escape the transition period and continuing adherence to EU laws and critically the Tax Directive. By sacrificing their international and EU obligations, they pass the GFA grenade entirely of their own making to ROI and EU. Perfidious Albion in all it’s glory, fuck the EU fuck Ireland we’re filthy rich…
      As was said by Tusk, there is a special place in hell…

  7. bringiton says:

    Unfortunately,it is absolutely the case that people are getting what they voted for.
    The UK will be leaving the EU and there is no excuse for saying,”If I had known how bad it was going to be…..”.
    However,as with our independence referendum a great deal of lies were told in order to achieve that outcome.
    That is what should be focussing minds and how do we hold politicians and the establishment to account for that.
    Ignorance and complacency are heavily relied upon by the London establishment so it is definitely shame on me for many people who chose to believe the lies.

  8. Guga says:

    The English government does not have a written constitution as that would be legally enforceable. Instead they have what they call “an unwritten constitution” , which allows them to mean whatever they want it to mean. This, of course, allows Boris de Piffle to act in a dictatorial manner and do whatever he pleases.

    The sooner we regain our independence, the better, and we, as an independent country, can have our own written constitution and can live in a real democracy. I wish that this would happen very soon as, at my age, I want to die in a free country, and time marches relentlessly on.

  9. Welsh Sion says:

    … [H]how do we hold politicians and the establishment to account for that.


    As ‘our’ esteemed Press and media (outside a few commendable exceptions) has singularly failed to do so, and has indeed been instrumental in disseminating these lies, thus failing in their duty to discharge their duty, it is incumbent on us to hold them to account, too. Mrs Mackinnon of Galashields and Mr Lewis of Blaenafon need to be made conscious of the perfidies done and said ‘in their name.’

    THAT is how we win. And it is our duty more than ever today to win. Or we will be left at the mercies of rapacious, selfish and untrustworthy charlatans, chancers and narcissists who are setting up a new Anglo Establishment which will be social Darwinism in tooth and claw – and too hell with the weakest and most vulnerable in our society.

    Dros Gymru / For Scotland.

  10. Luigi says:

    What a shame. The huge number of remainer MPs who voted for Brexit (Article 50) only have themselves to blame. No point them crying about it now. The hard brexiteers have only some of the responsibility for this slow motion car crash (about to speed up alarmingly). I lay most of the responsibility on those remainer MPs who voted for this nonsense in their droves, barely two years’ ago. What the hell were they thinking?

    You made your bed……

  11. Luigi says:

    There was a chance for remainer MPs to stand up and prevent this nonsense. Sadly, that chance has gone. They were too afraid. The horse bolted long ago. Too late now dopes – did you not see this coming? Or you just acting as usual, like rabbits in the headlight.


  12. Macart says:

    Definitely NOT ‘better together’ then. Though tbh, today’s latest madness from the howf wasn’t exactly a shock.

  13. Eilidh says:

    Who is to blame for this very British coup? primarily David Cameron who created that stupid EU referendum and secondly Mps who voted for article 50
    One thing is for sure if Scotland is dragged out of EU because of a no deal Brexit. Scotland will not forgive or forget it and nor will I

  14. Mark Russell says:

    Hit the spot with that post, Paul….goodnight Miss Davidson..

  15. The five year fixed term parliament was a written law but the government of the day ignored it and called an election. What is to stop the UK government refusing to call an election when one becomes due? We have an extreme government. Could it become a dictatorship which simply dispenses with elections? Unfortunately, this is a serious question.

  16. Luigi says:

    Aye, the writing was on the wall for Colonel Yadaftie as soon as the blond bufoon became PM. Looks like she was just waitng for an excuse to leave the building. 🙂

  17. Luigi says:

    BBC reporting that its very difficult to get hold of Scottish conservatives today.

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha. 🙂

  18. JGedd says:

    Apparently Ruth is on the verge. On the verge of what? You may well ask that. But seemingly it’s on the verge of – rebelling. Don’t laugh..

    • Anne Martin says:

      I wondered how long it would take her to play the new baby card! Sorry Ruthie, it’s nothing to do with being a new mother, you’re just a complete failure and a complete irrelevance in Scotland.

  19. Alba Laddie says:

    Dinnae let the door bang your arse on the way oot, Davidson.

    • Bob Lamont says:

      Let’s be fair here, nobody who has a door that wide designed it for the return impact… Let’s keep it real, the Cons will handle the other side…

  20. Luigi says:

    Ceasar has crossed the Rubicon.

    And the Senate is already in blind panic. 🙂

  21. Steve says:

    Question.. If a tory mp crosses the floor of the house when it reopens… How long before a GE can be called? The tories are finished in Scotland anyway. So Scottish Tory MPs must know they have nothing to lose right now. And they could stand to gain a great deal of kudos/respect if they did the honourable thing. It’s easy to mouth the word “outrage” at Doris’ proroguing of parliament. It’s another thing entirely to actually show that outrage. The majority of MPs (across the house) currently elected will applaud. The media will be falling over themselves to interview them. Who knows.. If they cross to the SNP benches they may even survive the incoming General Election… What’s the down side? Show some backbone and bring down the house now!

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