On the BBC’s main 6 o’clock news on Tuesday evening, Nicholas Witchell got a chance to gush again as members of the Windsor mafia, sorry the Royal Family, embarked on their first official functions to patronise the yokels since lockdown. Chas and Camilla were filmed waving from a safe distance at some peasants who work for the NHS in Gloucestershire. Aren’t they maaaaaaaavelous. The NHS workers, that is. Charles is a massive waste of space, time, energy, and above all public money. Except if you’re the BBC and Nicholas Witchell however. Nicholas doesn’t have any subscriptions to online porn services, this is because getting your rocks off as you gush about Charles or Will pontificating about inanities is pretty niche even by the standards of fetish websites. Besides, he gets all the spurting he needs presenting sychophantic items about the world’s greatest benefits scroungers on the BBC news.
Anyway, back to the grievance mongering, which is what we’re all about as independence supporters because everything is just so damn fantastic in the UK. World beaters, the UK. It has the highest death toll from coronavirus in Europe, and the worst affected economy, and it’s all presided over by a bumbling racist clown who doesn’t even know that Alistair Carmichael, the Lib Dem MP for Orkney and Shetland and former bruiser for Better Together isn’t an independence supporter. Everything that this British Government touches turns to the kind of toxic organic matter that Charles wouldn’t even have the gardener put on the organic flower bed at Highbury Park. Oh. That’s not the punching above our weight that Better Together had in mind, is it.
It is well known that Charles Windsor broke the lockdown regulations by travelling to his holiday home in Scotland not long after travel restrictions were put in place for the rest of us. Travel restrictions which we were told in no uncertain terms applied to everyone – with of course the exception of Dominic Cummings and his childcare and eye testing requirements. While there Charles exposed his staff and local people to the coronavirus infection he was harbouring, and in the process deprived residents of Aberdeenshire of the services of essential NHS resources. There has been no explanation for his selfish behaviour, much less an apology.
Now we discover that despite lockdown measures still being in place in Scotland, Chas and Cam have buggered off to the south of England. Perhaps he was in need of an eye test. Regular readers of this blog may be familiar with my deep and abiding interest in cartography, but try as I might I just can’t find Gloucestershire on any map showing it to be within 5 miles of Deeside. Neither could I find waving at peasants listed amongst those jobs considered to be performed by key workers. The lockdown restrictions have not been lifted in Scotland, not for Chas, not for anyone. The official regulations still state that no one should travel more than five miles from their home. There is no rider in small print saying unless you’re Charles Windsor and his entourage. There is of course outrage in the British media about Charles breaking the lockdown regulations for the second time. Ha. And indeed. Ha ha.
The UK is mired in entitlement and privilege. Anyone who is willing to sell out what little in the way of moral fibre, if indeed they had any to begin with, in order to defend this ramshackle and pathetic excuse in boosterism, exceptionalism, and sheer delusion soon finds themselves rapidly promoted in the media. Which brings us nicely to the media construct that is Ruth Davidson, who has been popping up in the papers recently in a desperate attempt to distract attention from the utter mess that her party is making of everything that it touches. In Scotland it’s not helped by the fact that the current branch office leader has all the charisma of a used carpet left out for the binmen to collect. Ruth is not entirely stupid, and she can see that the writing is on the wall for her precious union.
Ruth has taken to attacking people who really are experts in their fields. As opposed to Conservative cabinet ministers who should just be left in a field. One which not even Dominic Cummings would be able to locate while he’s out doing an eye test.
The current tactic from the Tories in Scotland is to attack the Scottish Government in an attempt to show that it’s as crap as Boris Johnson. This is a difficult task. Even the Scottish Government itself acknowledges that it has made mistakes in its handling of this crisis – which is something we don’t see the British Government doing. However trying to show that the Scottish Government is performing even worse than the British Government is a bit like trying to make the argument that Beethoven’s Piano Concerto Number 5 is a far less accomplished piece of music than the Birdie Song. Nevertheless, this doesn’t stop Ruth from trying.
Professor Devi Sridhar of Edinburgh University is a world renowned expert in public health and is one of the Scottish Government’s advisors. Yesterday she tweeted about how she thinks that Scottish schools can get back to some semblance of normality. Her tweet thread was retweeted by Peter Macmahon of Border TV with the implication that the professor was one of those people like the former Labour First Minister Jack McConnell who has been criticising the Scottish Government for not doing more to get children back to school. Professor Sridhar replied saying that she was ‘completely aligned’ with the Scottish Government, and that she supports the ‘cautious approach’ of the Scottish Government to lifting lockdown.
Ruth tweeted one of her snarky comments – in this case saying that someone obviously got “the hairdryer treatment”. This is because in Ruth’s imagination no one could possibly make a public declaration of support for the Scottish Government unless they’d been threatened. And this speaks volumes about Ruth Davidson’s own approach to dealing with her advisors and staff, none of which is at all pleasant or in keeping with the cheery chappie image that she so carefully fosters in the media. That’s as much a construct as Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson’s Boris the clown character. Ruth was very publicly slapped down by both Nicola Sturgeon and by Professor Sridhar. Ruth should apologise for her nasty assertion, but we all know what she’ll really do. She’ll hide away for a couple of days until it’s all died down and pop back up again when the coast is clear. And her pals in the media will let her get away with it again.
This is where we are now. We’re in a UK which is performing atrociously on every measure. The leaders of this British state rub their entitlement and privilege in our faces while they preach about us all being in this together. And at the same time they are universally incompetent, idiotic, and clueless. And lurking immediately below the shiny surface of media presentation there’s a deep seated nastiness. Scotland was promised the best of both worlds in 2014 in return for a no vote. What the British state has delivered is the worst of all worlds.
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