The melting of the special little snowflake

During the independence referendum campaign, the Yes side was pressed on every tiny detail of what would come to pass in an independent Scotland. What would be the price of a first class stamp? How many council houses were going to be built? Will there be a posthumous album from Fran and Anna – will Jock not stop whistling after all? Even an answer to these questions would only provoke further questioning on a greater level of detail. Ah yes, well the independence movement might very well give a commitment to build X number of council houses in the first five years of an independence Scotland, but they still can’t tell us what the furnishings are going to be like and whether that nice glass topped table and blue fascia fronted storage unit from IKEA will still be in stock. The uncertainty! Where are people going to put that new CD from Fran and Anna that the SNP still can’t tell us is going to be released? The Unionist press was full of outraged reports that the SNP expect people to accept independence without these questions being answered.

While the massed ranks of Alicsamministas were being forced to dig around in Coatbridge to discover the lost bootleg Fran and Anna tapes, the Better Together campaign wasn’t being asked for any detail at all on its claims for what would happen if Scotland voted No. During the last week of the campaign when the British establishment was in full on panic mode because there had been a poll showing independence was ahead, the infamous Vow was published. Deliberated worded in a vague manner, it could have meant just about anything. Despite this, the Better Together campaign was not pressed on detail. Instead it was allowed to puff up its content free Vow so it could be presented as all things to all people. We all know how that turned out. It turned out that the Vow only meant all things to the Unionist parties. It meant bugger all to Scotland.

And now here we are in the aftermath of another referendum, and there’s still no certainty about anything at all. It’s only Scottish independence supporters who need to provide answers, if you’re a member of the British establishment we’re expected to trust you. We’re expected to trust a governing class which has a centuries long history of lies and deceit. They don’t call it Perfidious Albion for nothing.

We went into the EU referendum without any details of what Brexit was going to mean. Months later after the Brexit vote we still don’t have any details of what it’s going to mean. Are British goods and services going to have free access to the single market? No one knows. Are EU citizens living in this country and UK citizens living in EU countries going to be allowed to remain? They’re being held hostage to the fortunes of an uncaring Tory party. Will we still enjoy freedom of movement throughout the EU? No one can say. The only certainty that we do have is that the promise that the Brexit campaign made to invest in the NHS wasn’t actually a promise after all. It was more of a fond hope, a fond hope that isn’t going to come to pass. The official position of the UK government months after the EU vote is a pathetic confused mess where cabinent ministers are free to express their own opinions because the UK government has no opinion of its own. These are the broad shoulders of the UK. Broad shoulders, but no brain. Broad shoulders, but no understanding or compassion or care. So that’s broad in the sense of coarse and thick then.

The Tory government can’t tell us what their plans are, and now are attempting to tell us that the fact they don’t know is really a strategy. They’re telling us that they’re keeping it secret so Britain don’t reveal its hand in negotiations. And if you believe that I’ve got a Vow for you. Can you imagine how the Unionist parties and the friends in the press would have reacted if the Scottish government refused to reveal any plans for independence, claiming that it was vital to keep the details secret so as not to reveal Scotland’s hand in negotiations? Ruth Davidson would park her tank on the lawn outside Holyrood. Mind you she does that anyway.

The Tories are still holding out for an a la carte Brexit even though the EU has told Britain that it’s a take it or leave it deal. If Britain wants free access for British goods and services to the European market, then it’s got to accept free movement of people. That’s a concept that’s simple enough even for the most obstinate Tory to grasp, but they still persist in their arrogant fantasy that Britain is special and normal rules don’t apply.

And now Nigel Farage is reduced to complaining in the EU Parliament that the EU has appointed negotiators that Nigel doesn’t like. The only negotiators who are acceptable to the Brexiteers are the Brexiteers themselves. Because Britain is special. Britain is great. Britain is a unique a la carte menu in the cafeteria of life. And Johnny Foreigner just jolly well ought to do what Britain tells him. Large parts of the British right never wanted to be a full and committed part of Europe anyway, they just wanted a substitute for Empire and are in a huff because the rest of Europe isn’t rolling over and cooperating.

That attitude is precisely why there are so many people in the rest of Europe who’re really quite happy to see the UK leave the EU. ¡Ya nunca! they’re shouting as Britain goes out the exit door. That’s Spanish for good riddance. They’re not in the mood to do the UK any favours. Britain’s been a difficult pain in the arse in the EU for decades, they’ll be delighted to be rid of it. Britain’s going to get no favours from the EU, the special little snowflake will melt in the heat of EU negotiations. But a Scotland that has voted to remain a part of Europe and that votes for independence, that’s a Scotland that’s going to encounter an ocean of goodwill from the rest of the EU.

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  2. I wish to reassure readers to this blog – the lost Fran and Anna tapes were buried, somewhere in Monklands, by a former journalist with the Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser. He now suffers from amnesia and dementia and cannot remember where he put them. I think we are safe.

  3. The UK, aka England and Wales have put themselves on the “outside” in a European context and worldwide.
    The chimerical world-wide, non EU lands would be rushing to set up deals with the UK.
    Instead the UK has been told by the great Brexit hope, Australia, that the UK has to leave the EU first and only then can Australia and other countries engage as they have agreements with the EU which they do not want to put in peril! The Leave forgot that the EU market is greater than the UK market!!
    As the UK is running a deficit (not just the Scots) the UK includes England, a fact forgotten by the remnants of the “Better Together”, then the Anglos are in trouble. And they have very little oil which is still an income stream, which the denigrators of Scotland seen to forget and the man and rag press like the Mail and Express!
    Will we see the resignation of the three brexit stooges in the Cabinet – Fox, Davis and Johnston? Where dies that leave Mat, the Parliament and the bargaining hand which is being kept secret.
    What May and Co seen to forget is that when negotiations start, they will be discussed openly and pre-leaked by the EU. Watch out for plenty Nein, Non and Nee!
    The Brexiters have to accept that the EU have all the aces;

    • There might, just might, be a silver lining to all this, at least in the long run. The UK won´t reveal its hand, because its hand is empty. So they will delay and fudge and prevaricate, hopefully for long enough for Scotland to escape. Then the rUK will really be shafted. I honestly would love to see them having to crawl back to the EU and (re)join on the same terms as everyone else. No more arrogant cop-outs, I mean opt-outs. Lets be a proper part of Europe just like everyone else. What´s so awful about that?

    • Leave didn’t “forget” that the EU is the bigger market. They didn’t believe it. All that “They need us more than we need them” nonsense. The their was “We have the Commonwealth to trade with” the countries of which, in the fantasy world of the leavers, would all be rushing to abandon their existing trade relationships because of their fond memories of the UK’s benevolent colonial rule.

      As to the deficit and the oil, during the first referendum campaign I read a very good article online in an economic journal, (written some time before the Independence referendum was suggested and therefore neutral on that point) and which, sadly, I can no longer find amid the flood of referendum related results internet searches now throw up) which made a well argued case that it was only North Sea oil revenues that had kept the UK economy afloat for decades.

  4. You have a talent, Paul, for hitting so many nails on the head while being very amusing at the same time.

    It’s a pity you can’t get your message out beyond this blog and The National, because people in Scotland need to be exposed to the Awful Truth about The Union.

    Westminster is grossly incompetent and corrupt, and is utterly hypocritical, its double-standards never exposed by the MSM. Why can’t No voters see WM doesn’t have a clue what to do about Brexit and its consequences will be gruesome for any part of the U.K. left outwith the EU?

    My working-class Tory-voting parents idolised MacMillan and Iain Macleod but they had the excuse of only reading The Scottish Daily Express and the Scottish 50s/60s were much more deferential anyway, full of mean-spirited curtain-twitchers who stomped on individual thought or rejection of the status quo.

    How anyone in the digital age can believe a word we are told in the MSM simply beggars belief.

    Socrates: I have a bootleg copy of F&N giving a timeless rendition of Ramona if you’re interested……

  5. At the height of the British empire the majority of people in Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England were poor, undernourished, working in dangerous situations for little pay, and living in over-populated slums at the mercy of filth and desease. Yet I believe most of these poor people would’ve held much affection for the royal family, pride in the empire [because the newspapers told them to be proud] and a strong belief that the privileged few were born to rule. Why? Because for all their deprivation they saw themselves as better, luckier and smarter than the oppressed black man in Africa and Australia, or the disadvantaged brown man in India. In other deluded words: We might be treated like shit but at least we’re above the “savages” of empire.

    Today many poor amd misinformed people still hold similar deluded deferences, still dream about the empire [whilst watching old films in the afternoon showing how Britian won the war] and still believe in the established media and the propaganda of privilege it espouses. In Scotland these people are predominately No voters. Some will admit that they have been conned by Westminster britnats since 2014 but most will say: We might be treated as fools but at least we have the royal family, the memories of empire [the punching-above-our-weight shit] and the belief we are still better than the foreigner. Oh, and the wonderful, faultless bbc.

    Thankfully these people are being reduced in numbers – slowly but surely. Thankfully we have the internet. Thankfully we still have choice.Thankfully Scotland will regain its independence and be finished with all the above deluded deference and xenophobia.

  6. This Great Britain is being held together with string chewing gum and a very obliging media fronted by the BBC of course ,The shit this country is in all due to a very small apparently superior section of society born to lead educated to rule as is their right passed down through the generations excluding any newcomers lest they corrupt this most privileged section of society ,
    Well folks they can’t keep the balls in the air much longer , the plates will eventually stop spinning, it has started already small cracks are appearing in the apparent unity of the Tory party , if you scratch the surface you find and the list is almost endless , Brexit- Hinkley point – alleged electoral fraud -HS2- grammar schools – English & welsh NHS trusts -Libya – Syria – Iraq .
    Oh f/ck i could go on all night , the only thing thats stopping closer scrutiny is the pantomime thats called the Labor party leadership elections , but even that circus will eventually end ,
    Your move Teresa give it your best shot honey go for it entertain us .We are waiting tick tock tick .

  7. That’s two Prime Minsters question times, that May has avoided answering any questions on brexit from Angus Robertson.

    Looks like a good line for the SNP to pursue, she can keep on dodging but we can keep on asking.

  8. Another wee gem within your article. “Europe…they just wanted a substitute for Empire”.

    Thatcher, then Blair, then Brown, then Cameron, and now May. What a lineup.

    Salmond, then Sturgeon. Go compare.

  9. That’s what it’s always about wgd them screw the plebs I’m first it’s mine all mine that’s the britnat attitude in westminster see the imperial lot are worrying about scotland going free even though ipos mori says indy is only at 48% shows they don’t even believe the polls they knowing scotland being free is only a matter of time refurendum or not there are those who want a udi as they feel a refurendum will just get rigged again

  10. Well, WE know all this!! But, the question is, how do we get the clear, unbiased and factual information to the Scottish voter?
    It is a pipe dream to think that WM will permit the BBC to freely broadcast unbiased information. It is not their role as the state (UK) broadcaster. Even if not specifically instructed to by WM they will never escape from the London based establishment.

    STV may be a better bet, they rely on a Scottish audience to maintain their advertising revenues. They may have capitalist bosses who are pro Union, but really they are pro profit for themselves and their shareholders.
    If the Scottish electorate could be persuaded to boycott STV political out put, the advertisers would flee and the content could be reviewed back to neutral..This might even give them an edge in viewing figures, more profit from the advertisers.
    Now, I don’t know how to achieve this, but many of the brighter and more informed contributors to this site might.

    Well, just a thought.

  11. Could be UDI is just waiting there to be called once opinion polls regularly show +55% for independence. Safer than another – scope for rigging – referendum.

    The cold reality of the detailed facts on Brexit is our message to the undecided.Why wait for unelected PM May to show her hand, its empty.

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