This week, as though any further demonstration was needed, we discovered just how hollow and second rate Ruth Davidson really is. The most puffed up politician in the entire UK, in a highly competitive field, Ruth isn’t just devoted to her own self-promotion, she has a wee band of happy clappy followers in the British nationalist press who are delighted to tout the dubious charms of a woman who was once a BBC journalist. The truth about Ruth is that she needs the SNP to keep talking about independence, because when they don’t Ruth has nothing to say.
This week Nicola Sturgeon unveiled the legislative programme for Holyrood, a programme which contained no mention of a referendum. There are 16 new bills scheduled for the Scottish Parliament in the 2017 to 18 session. There’s a bill to pardon gay men who were convicted for sexual acts which are now legal. There’s a bill to introduce low emission areas in Scotland’s polluted city centres. The criminal age of responsibility will at long last be raised from 8 to 12, the internationally recognised age. There’s to be action on inconsiderate parking and to introduce smart ticketing for public transport. The government is also planning to consult on the introduction of a deposit scheme for plastic and glass bottles and drink cans in order to reduce waste. And there’s a whole lot more besides. The Tories were still upset however, because the Scottish government is now considering raising the income tax paid by the wealthy, and protecting rich people from paying for public services is pretty much what the Tories are all about.
Apart from the tax thing however, you’d think that after three years of banging on about how the Scottish government should forget about a referendum and concentrate on Ruth’s definition of the day job, that the uniformed authoritarian would be happy. You might think that she’d stop repeating her mantra that Scotland doesn’t want another referendum and tell us her own Scottish Conservative policies for all those many things about the SNP administration that she’s unhappy with. But unfortunately none of these things can be achieved with a cheeky photo opportunity with some dead eyed farmyard animals wrapped in a Union fleg. Which is as good a description of Scottish Conservative local cooncillors as you’re ever going to get, although admittedly it’s a bit unfair to farm animals. Some of them apparently possess a rudimentary sense of empathy and care for the well-being of their fellow beings, which is more than you can say for Conservatives.
We all know that the representatives of the Ruth Davidson Self-Promotion Party are deeply unhappy with the way in which the Scottish government runs our health service, education, transport, and economy. What we don’t know with any degree of clarity is what alternatives are being proposed by the representatives of the party that can’t ever bring itself to admit, at least during elections, that it’s full of C-words. The C-word in this context is Conservative, in case you were wondering. Because there were a couple of legitimate candidates for the C-word in that sentence.
You don’t have to look far to discover the reason for their reticence. You only need to glance south of the border where the health service, education, transport and all aspects of the economy are firmly in the hands of a bunch of right wing ideologues who have no hesitation in proudly proclaiming that they’re a bunch of C-words. The great difficulty for the C-words on this side of the border is that their colleagues in England are making a right C-word of running those public services. NHS England is being privatised by stealth and is teetering on the verge of collapse. Education in England is in crisis from primary all the way through to tertiary, with a growing number of schools outside local authority control, pupils being excluded in order to protect schools’ positions in league tables, and students at university being lumbered with tens of thousands of pounds of debt.
It’s not much better for the Labour party, which is in power in Wales. There are serious issues with Welsh education, and some very grave challenges facing the Welsh NHS. No one is trying to argue that everything is perfect and rosy in Scotland. This is the real world. Nothing in the real world is ideal, although the British nationalist media in Scotland are doing their best to promote the view that Ruth Davidson is. This was never going to be an easy task, it’s a bit like trying to tell people that Ant and Dec are the best people to run the Large Hadron Collider, but that doesn’t stop them trying. To be fair, Ruth would make a very good Saturday night game show host. She’s already got the vacuous self-promotion and the unshakeable self-belief off pat. Just don’t let her near anything that anyone has to depend on.
The point however is that those parties in opposition in Scotland who claim to be holding the Scottish government to account are in power in other parts of the UK where their records can be examined and their policies put into practice, and they’re uniformly performing worse than the equivalent Scottish services. That’s why they concentrate on telling us just how awful the SNP is, and don’t ever come up with concrete means of demonstrating how they would do any better.
Of course, the definition of a British nationalist in Scotland is that everything in Scotland, everything Scottish, and everything that’s ever come from Scotland, is a bit crap. That’s the only case they’ve got for maintaining Scotland’s place within the British unitary state, the cultish insistence that there’s absolutely nothing that Scotland could ever do that would be better than anything with a British fleg on it. That’s why the British press is full of sour faced articles about the new bridge over the Forth. Scotland isn’t to be allowed to take pride in a massive, and beautiful, new piece of Scottish infrastructure. That’s why British nationalists in Scotland are always so sour-faced, humourless, and miserable. The survival of their ideology depends on the assertion that Scotland is a miserable place.
This is also why Ruth Davidson is always going to be hollow and second rate, because as a British nationalist her job is not to make Scotland any better, it’s to bang on about how crap everything in Scotland is so that people will still believe that we need Westminster to look after us. She’s hollow and second rate because her job is proving that Scotland is hollow and second rate. But we know better. The ambitious scope of the Scottish government’s legislative programme this week is a tiny taster of what Scotland could achieve as an independent nation. It’s not Scotland that’s second class and second rate, it’s Scotland’s British nationalist parties.
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