THE WILD BEAST OF SCOTLAND

The beast we’ve bred in Scotland will growl for years to come. Look at whom it growls. There are the mild, unadventurous middle classes, who do very well, thank you. There are those who are not so lucky and frequently need a hand-up or even a hand-out. And there are those who don’t care and don’t deserve a vote.

Yet this is no longer a true assessment of us Scots. Vocal among us are people of all races who believe that nations have a duty to be themselves. It is for all these people, Yes, Nos, Don’t cares, that I, a very old man, have pity if we vote No.

Think for a moment what will happen. There will be a sea-change of MSPs at Holyrood. The SNP has provided us with a group of able administrators. Yet they are there not for the limited power of the peedie parliament. They are there to see their country become independent. Compared to industry and the professions, they are ill paid. Unlike Westminster, every penny they get in expenses is publicly posted on the internet. There is no ’skin’ to be trousered even if they were tempted and the job itself carries little respect and social kudos.

Able people aren’t going to spend their lives at Holyrood doling out money given us by Westminster. Able people want power. If we vote No, unionists say we will get goodies. They don’t say what they will be. They don’t say why we are better together. Undefined goodies are as worthless as the people who promise them. After No you can say farewell to good government from Holyrood. The SNP will dissolve. Real people will look for careers elsewhere.

With whom will we be left? First of all we will be left with England. My London correspondent tells me they seldom think of Scotland. When they do it is with indignation that Scots want away from English rule. When we hold Westminster up to international derision by showing that a third or so of us don’t want them they are not going to be pleased. It will not be with the promised straws of new power they flog us. Be afraid of what you get if you vote No. Be very afraid.

And who will there be left at Holyrood to protect us? They will be the cast-offs of the London parties, not good enough even for London’s back benches. Judge them by how they are now. The Labour Party, like the Tories, gets its arguments from the Daily Telegraph. At present they’re on about the pound. Alex Salmond is playing it gently. Osborne and Cameron are singing dumb because they know the truth.

After independence we could rock the pound into free fall by saying, ‘You keep the pound. We’ll go it alone. Keep the embassies and consulates throughout the world. Keep the union’s real estate, including the Houses of Parliament. England was a poor country before the union and everything you have has been built jointly with us. Keep our share and keep your national debt too. We can do nicely on our own’.

The wild beast of Scotland begins to growl.

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This piece first appeared in The Scottish Review, the weekly on-line Scottish magazine with a circulation of over 20,000.

7 Responses to “THE WILD BEAST OF SCOTLAND”

  1. Chris Says:

    “and the professions, they are ill paid. Unlike Westminster, every penny they get in expenses is publicly posted on the internet. There is no ’skin’ to be trousered even if they were tempted and the job itself carries little respect and social kudos.”

    This could pass as an apt description of a Legal Aid practitioner in today’s Scotland

  2. Derick Tulloch Says:

    Aye. But every year they get weaker
    And every year we get stronger
    Here’s to the New Year.
    The Truth Against the World

  3. Andrew Hibbert Says:

    After independence we could rock the pound into free fall by saying, ‘You keep the pound. We’ll go it alone. Keep the embassies and consulates throughout the world. Keep the union’s real estate, including the Houses of Parliament. England was a poor country before the union and everything you have has been built jointly with us. Keep our share and keep your national debt too. We can do nicely on our own’.

    So he is just subscribing to descending to the level he ascribes to England - or, to be more accurate Westminster.
    If that’s what you want go for it. It will serve neither of the former constituent parts well if that is the attitude adopted.

  4. Patrick S Hogg Says:

    Mr Hibbert, given the procratination of the collective No camp of servile miscreants and their lies to the Scottish people and their disgraceful scaremongering through the media their buddies own, which would demean a spoilt brat, such comments from Ian Hamilton QC, are well justified. We in SCotland have set the tone of rational open and transparent debate over the future of SCotland by the openness of the White paper but the No camp (Scots who are paid as part of the Union for the useless futile job they do in Westminster) perpetuate the oldest lie in the history of ‘Britain’; that we Scots, are subsidy junkies! I hold every Unionist liar in contempt, even those who claim ignorance, knowing that since 1968, we in SCotland have paid far more in taxes to London than the grant we have been handed down from on high. To lie to a people for so long is a bloody disgrace. Even for the past 5 years we have paid £12.6 million more to London thatn we received. Anyone with a brain cell knows there has never been a UNION OF EQUALS and if the Vote goes YES, we will find out if the public school twats of Eton can MAN UP to the level of Alex Salmond, or show themselves for what they are: showy mouthy mediocrities who have not got a clue other than to benefit the rich cronies they work for and represent. Scotland has been bled dry for too long and I am sick to death of it and the lies that pulse from Westminster and their propaganda newspapers hardly worth wiping yer arse on! SCotland keeping the pound will benefit England very well Mr Hibbert and will help keep the pound afloat, so for the short term it will be of mutual benefit. If the mediocrities of Westminster cant see this and wont play ball, then they will pay the price……….show some respect to Mr Ian Hamilton QC.

  5. Patrick S Hogg Says:

    Corrections please!

    Please correct spelling of procrastination…….and change the total to £12.6 BILLION!!!!! not million

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