by Christian Wright
“ … if at first you don’t secede, try, try, try again”
“The reality is that on Sept 18 just under half the electorate voted for independence, and just over half voted against it. It will take a swing of just five points + one vote to change last Thursday’s NO to YES.”
“It is certain that in their vengeful way, the establishment are resolved that having enticed the Scottish hound back into its kennel, they are going to beat it.”
” I have enormous confidence in their infinite capacity for stupidity.”
“We will now witness inevitable and inexorable descent of our culture into obscurity and obsolescence”
“The country we love will be permanently subsumed as a neglected and reviled low-opportunity Celtic backwater of a Greater England”
ON THE 18TH SEPTEMBER 2014, for the first time in the long history of the world, a country committed national suicide in front of a live global audience.
The voters of Scotland, a land with a thousand years provenance, and seven centuries a nation, declined to take responsibility for their own governance, and instead, entrusted it to a cabal of elitists from whom they can expect naught but sneering contempt.
So what will we lose here now that Scotland has chosen dependency?
Well, first, the timetable for the devo max promised has already been scrapped. Tory MPs are calling for the scrapping of Barnett, and have been quite clear that AT LEAST they want Scotland’s block grant cut by around £2700 per person. The proposed “powers” -changes to tax and spend in Scotland – will lead to further hardships as Scotland’s budget is squeezed. It is going to be a cold winter.
Top of the list of immediate outcomes are further Westminster-actioned cuts, into the foreseeable future, regardless of the party in power there (Tory lite [Labour], or the genuine article, the Conservatives).
There will be we changes to the Barnett formula leading to a substantial reduction in the block grant (£4 billion), further divesting Scotland of the monies needed to maintain existing services.
And how long can it be now that Scots have voluntarily give up their right to self determination, before Barnett is scrapped altogether?
The Scottish NHS will be eviscerated due to the effect of privatisation of the English NHS and its draining effect on Barnett consequentials and the implementation of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
Health Minister Alex Neil has said Westminster’s privatisation agenda is a clear threat to Scotland health service.
“The austerity, privatisation and patient charging agenda of Westminster will have a direct impact on how much money we’ll have in future to spend on the NHS in Scotland if we stay in the UK.
Patient charges for care and services which were previously free to access sees public money being replaced with private money, which will deliver a consequent reduction to Scotland’s budget if we were to remain in the UK.
Every £10 lost to the health and public services in England through austerity cuts, privatisation and patient charging will mean Scotland automatically lose £1 from our budget.”
Now that Scots themselves have declared Scotland to be a region, not a country, it will be virtually impossible to exclude the Scottish NHS from the EU/US transatlantic trade deal (TTIP). In England this will herald an insurance-based American model of healthcare with ever diminishing state funding.
Dr Catriona Pagliari, a consultant radiologist, has warned, “In the event of a No vote, health funding in Scotland could be reduced indirectly if TTIP proceeds in England as a knock-on effect. There is also a direct risk from TTIP if Scotland is simply a “region” of the UK with no negotiating rights within the EU.”
So more broadly, what will all this affect?
The certain cuts in funding will mean:
- An end to prescriptions free at the point of service.
- The end of at-home services for the elderly.
- The end of free tuition for university students.
- The end of free bus passes for the over-sixties.
Now that’s bad but it gets worse, a lot worse. The Unionist parties will argue the no vote gives them a mandate to implement the following:
The repatriation of key devolved competencies ( from Holyrood back to Westminster) to neuter Nationalist power (curtailing “SNP mischief-making”) to put an end to the Scottish Question once and for all.
A vote NO will mean the effective end of the Scottish Parliament stripped of power and its diminution to a wee pretendy parliament (thus proving Billy Connolly right after all).
Scottish representation in the Westminster Parliament will be reduced to the already proposed 51 MPs initially, and will continue to decline as Scotland’s population continues to comprise a smaller and smaller portion of the greater English state.
Per the London Government’s published opinion, and the scotching of the theory of “states within a state”, there will be concerted and coordinated efforts to dissolve the instruments and protocols of Scotland’s status as a country within the UK (AKA England), and to recast it in the public’s mind as just other northern region of Britain.
That outcome follows necessarily since our English Government has given this learned opinion the imprimatur of THE official reference to be consulted when dealing with matters Scottish.
Precedent gives cause for concern that if we remain part of England, and ever again become uppity, Westminster may retaliate with a policy of managed decline of this northern region’s economy a la Geoffrey Howe et Liverpool during the Thatcher regime (the 30-year rule, forced the publication of the minutes of cabinet meetings exposing these troubling narratives) .
We will now witness inevitable and inexorable descent of our culture into obscurity and obsolescence.
Our legal system, unique education system, and our NHS, of necessity dismissed and rejected by the statists as incongruous anachronisms, predicated on the once-held delusion of our uniqueness as a people and a country.
The country we love will be permanently subsumed as a neglected and reviled low-opportunity Celtic backwater of a Greater England. Again, this new legal opinion from No.10 gives this scenario menacing credibility.
NOW, LET US LOOK at a possible escape. When one considers the hardships and deprivations coming Scotland’s way, the passing of that generational cohort who voted 75% NO, and the resentment that is bound to accrue in the wake of the broken promises of constitutional reform, there is grounds for hope.
It is certain that in their vengeful way, the establishment are resolved that having enticed the Scottish hound back into its kennel, they are going to beat it.
That will only serve to further alienate Scots, and coupled with the other factors enumerated above, could increase pressure for a second referendum to an irresistible level.
We could easily see pro-indy opinion poll numbers in excess of those in Catalonia. It all depends on just how cosmically dumb Westminster is prepared to be. I have enormous confidence in their infinite capacity for stupidity.
The reality is that on Sept 18 just under half the electorate voted for independence, and just over half voted against it. It will take a swing of just five points + one vote to change last Thursday’s NO to YES.
Remember, if at first you don’t secede, try, try, try again.