Hear the fear

britsThree things are evident in the response of British politicians to the SNP’s proposed day of action and, indeed, to any form of democratic engagement with or on the part of the ‘ordinary’ people of Scotland. The first and, perhaps, the most obvious is their contempt for the democratic process. Or, to be more precise, their disdain for any form of democratic activity which they do not control. People doing politics is not the British way. The British tradition is that politics should be left to the professionals. Politics is the business of a self-defining and self-perpetuating elite. Other than on the few occasions when they are shepherded into polling pens, the sheeple should not presume to participate.

The British ruling elite regards democracy as an indulgence to be grudgingly bestowed upon a generally unqualified and undeserving population in carefully controlled portions. Too much democracy, like too much alcohol or too much sugar or too much money, is bad for those not equipped by breeding and schooling to deal with it. Political power is a privilege. And privilege is, by definition, for the privileged alone.

So it is that also evident from the content and tone of British politicians’s utterances is their eagerness for a swift return to the comfortable formality of a terpsichorean two-party system. The SNP is hated not least because it declines to fall into step with this well-choreographed routine, preferring to dance to the tune of Scotland’s distinctive political culture. The SNP is regarded as dangerous and threat to the British state because it knows the steps of the British political ballet well enough to join in when this suits its purpose. And that purpose tends to be to trip British politicians.

Nowhere is the British establishment’s disdain for democracy and contempt for the electorate more evident than in the fanatical opposition to a new constitutional referendum. The principle of popular sovereignty is anathema to British Nationalists; whose ideology coalesces around the concept of ‘the Crown in Parliament’ and political authority emanating from a divinely ordained monarch. This is the tenuous foundation on which rest the structures of power, privilege and patronage which define the British state. Structures which are threatened by the fundamental democratic principle that the people are the sole legitimate source of all political authority.

When British politicians feverishly denounce the idea of Scotland’s people exercising their right of self-determination, their voices tremble with the dread knowledge that a new constitutional referendum will bring those structures of power, privilege and patronage crashing down.


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4 thoughts on “Hear the fear

  1. What continually frightens me, is that the British state has never baulked at using violence, either overtly or through surrogates to further its interests. #indyref2 will not just be delegated to the media, I fear.

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    1. The Jacobite oppression and the accompanying colonisation of Scotland in the 18th century, gave the English the the knowledge, tools and techniques to colonise a third of the planet. That was a dawning of English Etonite arrogance. Now is the setting to dust of all that those sick English elites caused. The end of their killing, the end of their oppression and the end of English political colonialisms. The Northern Irish might just dawn with Dublin sooner.

      We have tae stop going tae supermarkets. Sainsbury’s is southern English. Morrisons is northern English. Tesco´s has more of a Scottish face. Only a portion of our Scots’ farming community is preparing to by-pass the supermarkets. See how Scotmid are in the communities, Tesco, Lidl, Iceland, Aldi and Asda have taken the larger proportion? How are your local butchers and greengrocers? Those are the folks who can link straight to Scots’ sourced quality foods, not the plastic wrapped, bright lights mega profiteering of mostly English businesses. I am not saying we should boycott the English owned foodstores but I have written that now. Iceland is Welsh, Asda is U.S.A., Lidl and Aldi are European mainland and these and Scots farmers will supply food to Scottish communities along with so many more corner stores under so many guises, such as Costcutter, etc. We can swing Scottish pounds onto continental investments, besides, Scotmid, Lidl and Aldi don’t mess around with plastic wrapping nor union jacks,….most of the medication and a large proportion of the beauty products are Irish Republic and mainland EU manufactured, so we can let the English business colonialists gradually decompose, lie their queen and nobility in their elitist chaoses,…

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