Whether in government or in opposition, the policies and positions of British Labour will always be formulated to appeal to or avoid offending the relatively tiny number of voters in England who actually decided elections within the managed democracy of the UK. The very same voters who are foremost in the minds of British Tories as they develop policy. They're both hunting the same beast. So they both use the same bait and the same traps - with different camouflage.
British Nationalists - Tory or otherwise - see no need to plan for independence. They are absolutely determined to prevent it from happening. For many, even imagine independence is heresy.
No voters handed the British political elite a licence to dispose of Scotland as they pleased. Did hose No voters seriously imagine the British political elite wouldn't use that licence to the full?
The first imperative is spiteful. The second is self-serving. The third is treacherous. Petty, partisan and perfidious. We could be describing any of the British parties currently squatting in Scotland's Parliament.
Michael Fry unabashedly entertains the notion that removing or reducing extraordinary impediments that limit ability to fully participate in the democratic process amounts to having the state "select for its favours one particular category of person", and that this presages total state selection of candidates for elected office. But that may not be the worst … Continue reading Disaffected Tories need a home
Side-lined Darling (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The Herald reports Cameron to make two-day foray to Scotland to fight for the Union. The only interesting thing here is that the supposed leader of the anti-independence campaign, Alistair Darling, isn't even mentioned. It seems that Cameron has abandoned hope of making the hapless British Labour back-bencher his scapegoat when … Continue reading Transparent duplicity
As I watched Johann Lamont's antics over the past week I was reminded of Monty Python's famous "Dead Parrot" sketch. There was the hapless leaderette of British Labour's northern division desperately trying to assure us that the parrot of devolution is merely resting; or pining for the fjords and not dead. Not dead at all. … Continue reading Johann Lamont does Monty Python