There are many reasons for Scottish independence. We each have our own individual reasons for wanting to see Scotland regain its place amongst the independent states of this world. One of my reasons is to remove the obscenity of weapons of mass destruction from the Clyde. I’ve wanted to see the back of them ever since I was a child and decades later they’re still there. Trident missiles only exist in order to boost the flaccid penis of a post-imperial state, and only independence will see Scotland free from the radioactive stain that the leave on our landscape. At least suspicious stains on bed sheets don’t have the ability to wipe out half the planet.
I want independence because it’s only with independence that Scotland can have a referendum on whether we should become a republic or remain a monarchy. The chances that the Westminster parliament will ever permit a referendum on the future of the monarchy are approximately the same as the chances that Ruth Davidson can say or do something that doesn’t involve her own self-promotion. So that’s as close to zero as makes no difference. She makes Kanye West seem modest and self-effacing, and he’s actually got a modicum of talent. Apart from ruthless self-promotion, Ruth’s only talent lies in finding new ways of saying she doesn’t want another independence referendum. And truth be told she’s not even very good at that.
Another, and far more personal, reason for wanting Scottish independence became clear to me when I did a talk with the dug in Forres last year. During the Q&A session afterwards, a man put up his hand and made the observation that when Scotland becomes independent, we’ll have our stamps. It will be great for Scotland to have its own stamps, but even those of us who were interested in stamp collecting when we were young lose all interest in it just as soon as we discover sex and drugs and rock and roll, so I wasn’t really sure where the man was going with this observation. Independent countries have their own stamps.
Although probably according to the Unionists Scotland will be uniquely incapable of having its own stamps, just like its apparently and uniquely incapable of having its own currency. I do seem to recall that during the independence campaign of 2014 Unionists did actually cite the inability of independence campaigners to say how much a first class stamp would cost after independence as an example of the horrendous uncertainty that independence would create. They’re quite relaxed about the horrendous uncertainty of Brexit, because after all, you’ll still know how much a first class stamp costs even though you won’t have a job, you’ll need a visa to travel to France, Northern Ireland will have descended into civil war, the devolution settlement will be in ruins, the economy will be tanking and the pound will be on a par with the cowrie shell. But we’ll still know how much a first class stamp costs. Unless the post office raises the price, which they’re quite likely to do. So we won’t know how much a first class stamp costs after all. But it will still have the Queen’s head on it, and it won’t be polluted by the words “Scotland – Alba”, so that makes it all worthwhile.
And then the man continued, pointing to Ginger, who was at that moment lying on the floor of the hall licking his bollocks, “See that dug? When Scotland is independent that dug will be on a stamp.” And that is now my favourite personal reason for wanting Scottish independence, because after Scottish independence Ruth Davidson will have to lick my dog’s behind.
Irrespective of what our own personal reasons are for wanting independence, there’s one reason for independence that’s more important than all the others. It’s a reason that affects all of us, involves all of us. That reason is democracy. We currently live in a state which is not democratically accountable to the people of Scotland, and because the mistresses and masters of that state are not democratically accountable to the people of Scotland, they can lie to us, cheat us, and treat us with open contempt. They can do so without fear of any consequences, because they know that there is nothing we can do about it.
So we end up with every single promise that the Unionists made to Scotland during the referendum of 2014 being broken with impunity. 13 frigates built on the Clyde? Not happening. Jobs in the tax offices safe? Not happening. Scotland’s place in the European Union secured? Not happening. The permanence of the Scottish parliament and the Sewel Convention being given the force of law? A worthless piece of cant. Scotland a valued and equal member of a family of nations? Now you’re just taking the piss.
We live in a country which has been crapped on from above for so long and with such frequency that many of our compatriots think it’s normal. You turn on the TV news, you look in the newspaper and you see seven shades of shite and think it’s normal. We are habituated to crap. It *is* normal, in the UK. But just because something has happened so often that it’s considered normal doesn’t mean that it is desirable. The tragedy of Scotland is that we’ve been living amongst the jobbies for so long that too many in this country believe that mediocrity is the best we can aspire to. Even worse, they revel in Scotland’s mediocrity because it allows them to believe that the crumbs that we receive from Westminster’s table are a feast and not a famine. Meanwhile Scotland’s democracy starves to death.
This week there have been talks between Westminster and the Scottish government about the devolved Scottish powers that are currently exercised by Brussels. Westminster is proposing that after Brexit all these devolved Scottish powers will be taken over by Westminster, and then Westminster and Westminster alone will decide which if any will be returned to Holyrood. Only in the UK could the stripping bare of existing devolved powers be described as “giving extra power to Holyrood”. It’s a naked power grab by the Westminster government. Even the Labour First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, called it that. He’s outraged. Scotland’s Labour leader? Not so much. Kezia only gets outraged by pro-independence bloggers. But it’s going to happen anyway. There’s not much Scotland can do about it.
Only independence can allow the people of Scotland to live in a country where our political masters can be held to account. Where we can vote them out of office if they displease us. Where they suffer the consequences of their lies and deceit. What happens right now is that we vote them out of office, and then they get a seat in the House of Lords and continue to make our laws and influence our public life anyway. Scotland voted twice to remain a part of the EU, but is being taken out anyway. Scotland voted for the powers of its partliament to be enshrined in law, but was lied to and there’s nothing we can do about it. That’s not democracy. The best reason for Scottish independence is because it is the radical notion that democracy in Scotland would be a good idea.
The Wee Ginger Dug has got a new domain name, thanks to Indy Poster Boy, Colin Dunn @Zarkwan. http://www.indyposterboy.scot/ You can now access this blog simply by typing www.weegingerdug.scot into the address bar of your browser, the old address continues to function, the new one redirects to the blog. The advantage of the new address is that it’s a lot easier to remember if you want to include a link to the blog in leaflets, posters, or simply to tell a friend about it. Many thanks to Colin.
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