The aim of Sinn Fein is to achieve a united Ireland; the aim of the Scottish National Party is to achieve an independent Scotland; therein lies the basic raison d’être of both political parties. Neither has managed to achieve either aim yet, though the SNP has come closest. The result of 2014’s Independence Referendum, rejecting the SNP’s ‘Braveheart’ fantasy, may have cost Alex Salmond his job, but it was never going to be the end of the story with Nationalists ruling the Holyrood roost. The Brexit vote was the dream result for Nicola Sturgeon, and this week’s announcement by the First Minister that she intends to instigate a rerun of 2014 has been expected ever since the morning of June 24 last year.

On paper, Sturgeon’s demands appear to be economic insanity. With the UK perched on such an uncertain precipice, having endured almost a decade of austerity measures and now facing a protracted withdrawal from Europe, why the hell would the SNP want to jeopardise these uncertainties further by bailing out of a Union that it has done far better from than the Union it wants to throw its lot in with? The bloated beached whale of the EU has been on its arse – to paraphrase a little French – for years; Germany may be flourishing, but Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal tell a different story. That the SNP places a ‘special relationship’ with a struggling continent over its relationship with its nearest neighbour speaks volumes as to its narcissistic agenda.

Sturgeon’s Scotland seeking an alliance with an ailing institution rather than remaining a key member of a county it helped put on the world map says everything one needs to know about the SNP. It doesn’t give a toss about its countrymen and their future; all it can see through its tunnel-vision is sepia-tinted liberation from the Auld Enemy, something that conveniently brushes aside the benefits of a relationship Scotland entered into with shrewd economic foresight 310 years ago.

Scotland didn’t unite with England because – unlike Wales or Ireland – a megalomaniac monarch with anger issues conquered it; Scotland was smart enough to recognise the financial benefits of such a union at a time when its own finances were far from healthy, and the deal that brought hundreds of years of mutual antipathy to an end was sealed by Queen Anne, an English sovereign from a Scottish royal dynasty, the Stuarts. Thanks to the willingness of the Scots to link arms with the bastard English, the collective inhabitants of this violent, quirky, bloodthirsty, ill-tempered and eccentric island were truly united for the first time since the Roman occupation; and what came out of that union surpassed even the global reach of our former Latin subjugators. When Ireland was officially absorbed into the club just under a hundred years later, the journey from Great Britain to the United Kingdom was complete.

The Union was the culmination of a long transformation from warring tribal kingdoms to the mature recognition of the sense in joining together; having done pretty well out of the deal since 1707, one would imagine recognition of that fact along with future Scottish prosperity would be at the forefront of the SNP’s mind; but a party that cynically toys with the tendency of Celts to romanticise and sentimentalise their ancient history is too focused on its one objective to take anything else into consideration, let alone pressing issues in the here and now that even Robert the Bruce would struggle to deal with.

Theresa May’s predecessor at No.10 signed the Edinburgh Agreement with then-First Minister Alex Salmond, which gave Holyrood the power to call the 2014 Independence Referendum free from any Westminster approval, but that only applied to 2014; Nicola Sturgeon needs to seek a similar agreement in order to instigate round two, though it seems highly unlikely the PM will grant it to her when she currently has bigger fish to fry. Besides, despite an upsurge in support for Scottish independence following the EU Referendum, the figures have since slipped back to where they were in 2014 – further evidence that underlines Sturgeon’s willingness to sacrifice the interests of half her fellow Scots for the sake of her own ego.

Nicola Sturgeon fired her anticipated missive at a moment when she, like many observers, imagined Theresa May had her finger on the trigger of the revolver known as Article 50; but by attempting to punch above her weight and dictate the Brexit narrative, Sturgeon may well have gambled on the outcome of a second referendum that polls consistently claim her nation is hardly unanimously in favour of right now. Not that this will concern the First Minister, however; being the leader of a Nationalist party means everything – including a measured response to a delicate situation – is secondary to the overriding obsession of independence, whatever the cost to her country. As long as she can get to play Mel Gibson in drag, the sacrifice is justified.

© The Editor

4 thoughts on “SCOTCH FROTH

  1. Scotland’s ‘merger’ was more to do with the fact that it had bankrupted itself trying to join the Big Boys with an empire, to be based on its disastrous Darian venture, the original definition of ‘over-stretching yourself’. The take-over by England was an act of neighbourly kindness which has cost the donor-nation dearly for almost all of those three centuries.

    Scottish favouritism towards Europe is also based on history, for most of the time being allied with the French against the English, they see being in the EU as a continuation of this demonic alliance – rather than just England being the ‘auld enemy’, it’s also about France being the ‘auld true ally’.

    I bear the Scots no ill-will and I may wish them well with their foolish quest – however, a brief scan of the numbers involved suggests that the separatists need learn from the old phrase ‘be careful what you wish for’, but if they’re intent on supping with the Devil, then so be it, that just means there will be more bounty left for the rest of us to share.

    As for the IRA, they already know that their battle is won – the unpublished aspects of the Good Friday Agreement made clear the agreed objective of a united Ireland once the inevitable demographics created the political backdrop. That’s why they stopped fighting, which is what tends to happen when the war’s over and one side has won.

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  2. A couple of book recommendations on the subject:

    We are not leaving Europe, we are if TM the PM stops dragging her heels, leaving a political union. The Shinners allegedly want a united *independent* Ireland, but have dropped their historical opposition to the EU. Ditto the SNP leadership over the last few decades on the latter point, although many SNP voters (and Jim Sillars) do want genuine independence. Ireland is not entirely Celtic by any means and Scotland even less so, it is just as Anglo-Saxon and Norse; and Robert the Bruce (de Brus) was of Norman ancestry.


  3. ” The Shinners allegedly want a united *independent* Ireland, but have dropped their historical opposition to the EU. ”

    Indeed! Sinn Fein quietly dropped its Euroscepticism in relatively recent years (strange to relate, they were once as Eurosceptic as any right wing English Tory), and also dropped the ‘socialist’ part of its aspiration to a 32 county republic (I always wondered what its US supporters made of that!)


  4. Thankfully it is not ‘Sturgeon’s Scotland’, that is like conflating the EU with Europe. Talking of the EU, it seems since her Monday announcement that Sturgeon has now suggested that she has dropped plans to join the EU, in which Scotland would have been at the back of the queue with at least a five year wait before ceding it’s new found ‘independence’ to direct Brussels rule.

    Meanwhile the NHS, police services, public services and Education in Scotland are all failing under her ‘Government’s’ stewardship but, like many a politician before her, Sturgeon continues to use the shield of a fight against a ‘foreign’ enemy to deflect from her own shortcomings whilst the electorate suffer under her incompetence. Yet people still vote for her. Bizarre.

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